"Jihadi John" has been identified as Mohammad Emwazi, a young immigrant from Kuwait, welcomed and reared as a privileged Englishman with a college degree in computer science from the University of Westminster in London. Talk about biting the hand that feeds you!
But let us look at the surprise that so many people express that this "nice, gentle boy" should turn into the monster whom we all saw taking pleasure in decapitating people (who had done him no harm) in a most theatrical fashion in video tapes meant for the world to see. He was fluent in Arabic and English and had a British accent recognizably from London and seemed well educated. He was also unwilling to show his face, as well he should be.
? Educated? First of all, let us look at the notion that he was "educated." A degree in computer science does not make one educated, at least not in my view. What sort of exposure did he have to history, literature, philosophy, western civilization, art, the very warp and woof of what makes western civilization the wonder of the world? Unfortunately, these things are no longer chic even among the academics of today?s university world, leaving many young people without standards or roots, without understanding why we should love Western civilization. Emwazi never learned how to think.
? Beliefs. Instead, Mohammad Emwazi was exposed to the poisonous world of the Internet where he absorbed half-baked Muslim "Belief" systems, beliefs that somehow Muslims should be ruling the world as they had done until the "Crusaders" took their power away from them. He absorbed "Beliefs" that the West was only interested in material things, not real values; that women had polluted the purity of the men?s world and needed to be re-enslaved to their real purpose: bearing male children; that all the other religions with their arts and cultures needed to be destroyed and all arts before Islam must be smashed as idolatry. Burn the books, destroy the statues.
"Beliefs" had replaced "thinking." Part of the Western notion of religious toleration is respect for religious beliefs, but we are now beginning to see the consequences of this. There must be limits to the toleration for beliefs when they affect life and death and are not reciprocated. Belief that a girl child must be killed when she "shames" a family by being seen with a boy, daring to choose her own husband, or a child or either sex decides to abandon Islam, must not go unpunished by Western law. Europe has been dealing with this for some time now and we have already encountered this too. We cannot be tolerant of such religious belief.
We cannot tolerate religious belief masquerading as "freedom of speech" on the Internet that urges "troubled souls" (teen-agers) to run away and join the Jihad in Syria or, if they cannot do that, kill someone where they live.
Jihadis whose "belief" system mandates that they plant bombs in shopping centers must be stopped, arrested, and imprisoned. Their beliefs do not shield them from our law.
Muslim women whose belief system mandates that they wear total hijab and go about in public, drive cars, and get drivers licenses are in violation of public safety and must be so prohibited. In violation, they must be arrested. Jihadi men have already resorted to burqas to commit crimes.
Jihadi John will be found and tried, if a drone does not find him first. He is a perfect example of a person who had every opportunity to have an excellent European life that he rejected out of own free will. Nobody picked on him. He had a choice of whether he wanted to be European or whether he wanted to be a brain-washed believer in a whining, unhappy Islamist"Belief System" that just could not get over being very behind the times, centuries behind the times, and very much in need of a reformation.
I find it difficult to feel sorry for him. All I see is a stupid sadist in need of a bullet between his eyes.
Dr. Laina Farhat-Holzman is a historian, lecturer, and author of God's Law or Man's Law. You may contact her at Lfarhat102@aol.com or www.globalthink.net.