THIS WEEK? We didn’t create evil Jihadi John, he did that all himself
THE defence of brutal, butchering, beheading Jihadi John has begun in earnest.
Turns out this demonic madman’s satanic deeds are not really his fault. Oh no, siree – they’re ours.
What possessed the BBC, Sky and others to give uninterrupted airtime to Jihadi John’s old compadres in London last week?
The headcases from the “advocacy group” Cage said with straight faces that the “boy” they remember was “extremely kind and gentle”.
These are not the words most people would use to describe anyone associated with the murderous so-called Islamic State.
Certainly not the words on the tip of your tongue if you’d watched that Jordanian pilot harrowingly burned to death inside a cage.
Not quite the description that springs to mind, either, when you see the severed head of a British hostage lying on top of its decapitated body in the Syrian sand.
It’s like describing former Cambodian leader Pol Pot – who had millions of his own countrymen killed – as a bit of a despot but cracking company after a beer or two.
But then this is Britain,
Murderous Mohammed has a nice ring to it. Just don’t turn it into a cartoon. where it is only ever a matter of time before the bleeding heart brigade start piping up to defend the indefensible. Consider the facts, though. In 2009, spooks managed to intercept the future west London executioner before he was able to join up with an Al-Qaeda affiliate spread throughout war-torn Africa.
Now unmasked as Mohammed Emwazi, “John” had landed in Tanzania but was strongly suspected of preparing to cross into Somalia to join a terror training camp, before our guys stopped him.
This is, of course, precisely what we want our spooks to do – get their noses out of our emails and spend a bit more time feeling the collar of our in-bred crazies.
Emwazi later bleated to his chums in Cage that MI5 hadn’t been very nice to him.
This would later become the groundwork for blaming his murders in Syria on everyone else but himself.
But if Emwazi had heeded whatever advice and guidance was offered by MI5 at the time, he might not today be the world’s most wanted man with a target in the middle of that infamous forehead.
Our navel-gazing industry can wring its hands all it likes about what spies get up to in the shadows to enemies of the state, suspected or otherwise.
But it wasn’t MI5 who created Jihadi John. Nor was it the UK, which housed and educated Mohammed Emwazi after he arrived with his family from Kuwait at the age of six.
Mohammed Emwazi created Jihadi John. And it’s going to be Mohammed Emwazi who will pay dearly for his alter ego’s crimes.