It’s probably safe to say that nobody reading this is too fond of jihadists, but Boris Johnson has taken it to the next level with this ridiculous rant about them.
I don’t really think you can stereotype your average jihadist, but Boris has painted a picture of them here as complete and utter losers and I’m not sure how accurate that is. I mean it would be great if they were as it would mean we didn’t have anything to worry about when it comes to ISIS, but having seen their training videos I think there’s more to them than the fact that they’re jilted lovers who are obsessed with pornography as Boris is professing. I also think very little of what he is saying has any basis in fact.
In any case it’s a great rant from the loveable rogue and bound to win (or lose) him a few PR points. Naturally the interview originally appeared in The Sun.
Here’s what he had to say – brace yourself:
If you look at all the psychological profiling about bombers, they typically will look at porn. They are literally w***ers. Severe onanists.
They are tortured. They will be very badly adjusted in their relations with women, and that is a symptom of their feeling of being failures and that the world is against them.
They are rejected by women, they are not making it with girls, and so they turn to other forms of spiritual comfort – which of course is no comfort.
I fervently think we need to de-mystify this lot.
The type of people who are likely to get involved in ISIS or get radicalised are the same sorts of people who are vulnerable to getting dragged into drug gangs or other types of criminal activity.
They are just young men in desperate need of self-esteem who do not have a particular mission in life, who feel that they are losers and this thing makes them feel strong and feel like winners.
I want to hear a proper angry Islamic theological denunciation of what is going wrong.
We won’t succeed if Western politicians just go around bashing and blaming Islam; that is hopeless.
This problem can only be addressed if Muslim authorities and clerics find a powerful and compelling way of setting up an alternative narrative for young people that makes this seem irrelevant.
I often hear voices from the Muslim intelligentsia who are very quick to accuse people of Islamophobia.
But they are not explaining how it can be that this one religion seems to be leading people astray in so many cases.
They are not being persuasive in the right way with these people. I am not yet hearing it in the way that we need to hear it.
Well there you have it. All ISIS terrorists are porn addicts and probably spend more time with their trigger fingers on their dicks rather than their rifles according to Boris. Absolutely nothing to worry about there then.
Between this and Japan’s brilliant Twitter trolling, ISIS isn’t having a great week.