British Defense Minister Gavin Williamson’s comments regarding Western-born ISIS fighters sparked outrage among most liberals. The blunt politician admitted that he supported slaughtering the traitors who abandoned their homeland and gave their allegiance to ISIS.
“Quite simply, my view is a dead terrorist can’t cause any harm to Britain… I do not believe that any terrorist, whether they come from this country or any other, should ever be allowed back into this country,” Williamson told the Daily Mail.
“We should do everything we can do to destroy and eliminate that threat.”
No matter how much liberals wish they could reform every wayward Islamist, most of the fighters who wanted to join ISIS so badly they were willing to go to the Middle East and take up arms, remain violent young men. They’ll always represent a threat.
“Our forces are right across the globe degrading and destroying that threat, making sure that these people who want to bring destruction, death, bloodshed onto our streets aren’t able to come back… That is as important part of the jigsaw as what we actually do on the streets in Britain,” Williamson said.
Allowing ISIS fighters to return home is risky. It’s impossible to read their minds and know if they’re cured of their radicalism. None of the men who openly pledged allegiance to ISIS are innocent. They’re vicious, cruel extremists with blood on their hands.
“We have got to make sure that as (they) splinter and as they disperse across Iraq and Syria and other areas, we continue to hunt them down… Make sure there is no safe space for them, that they can’t go to other countries preaching their hate, preaching their cult of death,” Williamson said.
ISIS’ infrastructure is in shambles, yet the group isn’t devoid of support. Terrorists are fleeing from the Middle East because they’re being pounded on daily by the most advanced militaries in the world, but they’re still holding onto their warped beliefs.
Liberals, unsurprisingly, were quick to attack Williamson’s words.
“A policy which says we will simply kill every individual who has travelled to Syria or to Iraq, even if they are surrendering, even if they have laid down their weapons, is really a policy that belongs in a Netflix series more seriously than it belongs in the range of policies that should be being applied by the UK government,” said former director of public prosecutions Lord MacDonald.
“We can’t simply say that everyone who has gone to Iraq will now be hunted down and killed… That’s a juvenile response. It’s not a serious, grown-up policy response for a senior British Government minister.”
War and violence are ugly, despicable things. That doesn’t mean that they’re not sometimes necessary. Destroying British-born ISIS fighters would be a grim task, but dealing with another terrorist attack would be worse.
The past few years have been bloody ones. Western citizens have been slain by Islamic extremists at an alarming rate. Governments need to focus on protecting their own citizens. Britain’s Prime Minister, Theresa May, agrees with Williamson.
“The Government position on this has been made clear a number of times in recent months, which is that if you travel to Iraq and Syria and if you are fighting with our enemies there, then you make yourself a legitimate target… In instances where people do return to the UK, we are clear they should face the consequences of their actions, which include investigation by police and possible prosecution,” a spokesperson for May told reporters.
Leniency toward radical Islam doesn’t advance diplomacy. The Obama administration tried it for years and multiple terrorist groups became stronger in response.