Death of Jihadi John is good news … but not (quite) the best

November 13, 2015 at 11:01 am (anti-fascism, fascism, genocide, iraq, islamism, Jim D, Middle East, misogyny, Syria, terror)

Sources claim that Jihadi John, pictured, was injured and rushed to hospital following the surgical airstrike in Iraq which killed ten ISIS commanders, the killer, who has a London accent, murdered Steven Sotloff

Muslim organisation says Emwazi was ‘evil’

Mr Mohammed Shafiq, chief executive of the Ramadhan Foundation – a Muslim organisation based in Greater Manchester – said the reported killing was “a significant moment in the fight to get justice for David Haines, Alan Henning and all the victims of this evil man”.

The Ramadhan Foundation joins the victims of ISIS and their families in preferring him to have being captured alive so he would have seen justice in a court of law but understand why this wasn’t possible. Extra judicial killing over justice in a court of law should not become the norm in fight against terrorism.

Mohammed Emwazi manifested the evil and barbaric nature of this terrorist entity called [ISIS] which has killed thousands of Muslims, Christians, Yazidis. There is nothing he said or stood for which would justify his barbaric crimes and actions.

ISIS distort Islamic teaching to justify their violent crimes and it’s this ideology which we have been confronting and will continue to do. Terrorism has no religion and there can never be any justification or excuses for such actions.

But the death of Emwazi – excellent though it would be, if true – is not the best news today in the fight against the Daesh fascists. This is:

Kurdish peshmerga forces have entered Sinjar “from all directions” to begin clearing the northern Iraqi town of Isis militants, the Kurdistan regional security council said on Friday.

Heavy bursts of gunfire could be heard in the town, as fighters filed down the hill overlooking the town from the north, some with rocket-propelled grenades on their shoulders, said witnesses.

The regional security council said peshmerga forces had seized key buildings and Isis were “defeated and on the run”. The Kurdish regional president, Masoud Barzani, is to hold a press conference later on Friday.


  1. Glasgow Working Class said,

    Why does the PM have to go on the news to explain why an Islamist murdering bastard has been targetted.

    • Political Tourist said,

      Because Washington told him to.

      • Glasgow Working Class said,

        Is that all you have to offer!

      • Howard Fuller said,


      • Steven Johnston said,

        Evidence please…oh wait, you haven’t got any?

    • Steven Johnston said,

      In case any bleeding-heart liberals complain that even the worst of us deserve a fair trail.

      • Dave Draycott said,

        No evidence ….. Yeah, apart from the ISIS tweet trail. He was on a battlefield, end of story and end of Jihadi John.

  2. Rilke said,

    The Peshmerga are not the PKK and will target PKK fighters once they gain the upper hand. The Peshmerga are being supported by Western interests who see them as a ‘bulwark’ against the PKK’s ties with ‘Moscow’ and communism. Sound familair? I want and dearly hope that the Kurds win this fight, but the lines are already visible. Watch for prominent PKK fighters to go ‘missing in action in mysterious circumstances’ in the coming six months. The Peshmerga will try and complete the dirty work begun by the Turkish Special forces.

  3. Andrew Coates said,

    Food for thought here: “I will not lose any sleep or shed any tears over the apparent death of ‘Jihadi John’, also known as Mohammed Emwazi. Graphic reports of the beheadings of two British aid workers, David Haines and Alan Henning, back in 2014 remain prominent symbols of the current struggle against Isis – and Jihadi John was central to the videos of the murders released by the terrorist group. So when Jeremy Corbyn said this afternoon that it would have been ‘far better’ for the militant to have been tried in court rather than killed, I was not surprised at the initial backlash.

    On the surface, this looks like just another line for someone to use to attack pacifists as weak and anti-patriotic. But when you take the time to understand the complexity of the situation, it seems that we have only given Jihadi John the honourable killing – the sensational martyrdom – that he sought from the beginning.”

    I await the StWC statement.

    • Dave Draycott said,

      So this fascist (not militant,fascist) can hang out in lawless IS territory murdering British citizens and others and we are obliged to sit on our hands and take it. If arrest is preferable it would be interesting to know how it would be possible. All nations have the right to self-defence under article 51 of the UN Convention. All on the left should applaud the fact that this man is no more, I have yet to speak to anyone who does not consider the death of this man to be a good thing. There is one less violent fascist in the world. A little less piety and a little more anti-fascism. Pacifism did not and could not defeat Hitler. The same applies to fascist IS.

      • Joe Baxter said,

        Didn’t bother to read the article then?

    • Dave Draycott said,

      Oh, aye, he died in the company of a drug dealer turned fascist. Honourable death my arse.

    • Glasgow Working Class said,

      Some people seem obsessed with courts, perhaps we should have had tens of thousands of our troops killed during WW11 and brought every Nazi soldier to court. The job of our armed forces is to kill the enemy not spend millions of pounds on fuckin lawyers.

  4. Political Tourist said,

    Americans and friendly fire…………..knew they would hit an ISIS fighter eventually.

    • Glasgow Working Class said,

      The Yanks are friendly with Scotland. Jobs and all.

    • Dave Draycott said,

      Kobane would be IS, despite the heroism of the Kurds if not for US air support.

  5. John R said,

    “We await identification of the person targeted in last night’s US air attack in Syria.

    “It appears Mohammed Emwazi has been held to account for his callous and brutal crimes. However, it would have been far better for us all if he had been held to account in a court of law.

    “These events only underline the necessity of accelerating international efforts, under the auspices of the UN, to bring an end to the Syrian conflict as part of a comprehensive regional settlement.” – Jeremy Corbyn

    What’s the point of this statement?

    Could Jeremy Corbyn, or anyone else for that matter, say how Jihadi John could have been brought before any court of law?

    1. Arrest warrant and extradition request sent to Assad. Unlikely, unless of course Corbyn were to ask Galloway, Socialist Unity or his “friends” in Hezbollah to pass on the request. Even then, I don’t think it would be likely to work.

    2. Send a couple of coppers out. Er, no.

    3. Send out 10,000 grounds troops to attack Isis with the express intention of getting Jihadi John. This might work but Corbyn wouldn’t agree to this, of course.

    In other words, Jeremy Corbyn’s statement is just complete nonsense and the “court of law” bit is just weasel words. He hasn’t quite said he opposed the attack but, as he’s opposed every single Western intervention in the area (even when it helped the Kurds), he might as well have.

    • Steven Johnston said,

      You want Corbyn to be the socialist answer to Charles Bronson and stomp around the globe shooting first and asking questions later? “Son of a bitch…in the name of socialism, I blow you away”

      • John R said,

        Nah, at the moment I just want Corbyn to be honest about what he wants.

        Namely, to say that he’s quite prepared to oppose all NATO intervention in the area and let Isis, Assad and the Russians do what they want.

        If the Kurds (for example) call out for help, then (goody, goody), he’s quite prepared to walk from A to B and back again “supporting” their cause and bemoaning their fate but not prepared to support the practical help they need like air strikes or, even better, heavy weaponry.

        His recent “statements” have got the Seamus touch about them. They don’t offer much in the way of saying what an alternative Labour Govt would do in the present situation apart from saying “isn’t it all awful?”.

        Oh, and everything is the fault of the West.

      • Dave Draycott said,

        They got the guy. No one on our side died. That will do for me.

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