By now you’ve probably read that the identity of “Jihadi John,” the poster child for Islamic State’s sadistic savagery, has been revealed by the Washington Post to be 26-year-old Briton, Mohammed Emwazi.
Emwazi was born in Kuwait and moved to the UK at the age of six. He is the son of a taxi driver and a stay-at-home mom, and supposedly dreamed of becoming a professional soccer player as a boy.
Now of course he’s become much more famous, known ‘round the world for his butchering skills.
Of course the Islamapologists are out in force defending Jihadi John and trying to justify how a soccer-loving schoolboy transformed into a serial executioner.
First up is Asim Qureshi, the research director of the London-based human rights group CAGE (sort of a CAIR for Brits). Qureshi apparently met and exchanged emails with Emwazi as recently as 2012. In this video he tearfully explains how hard it is to imagine the trajectory of “such a beautiful young man,” who he also described as kind and gentle, but he blames the UK’s entire national security strategy for the last 13 years for increasing alienation in his community.
Qureshi said harassment by the security services played a major role in Emzawi’s radicalization.
Emwazi complained to the group about being detained with two friends in Tanzania in 2009, repeatedly questioned, and prevented from moving to Kuwait, where he said he had a job and fiancee waiting.
Never mind that there was a reason why he had been detained.
The Los Angeles Times says, “Court documents obtained by the BBC suggested that Emwazi may already have been associating with suspected radicals at the time. The documents filed in 2011 allege that Emwazi was part of a group known as the North London Boys, which had been funneling equipment, funds and fighters to the Somali militant group Shabab.”
Another CAGE spokesman, Cerie Bullivant, had a heated exchange with Sky News reporter, Kay Burley. He eventually stormed off camera after she told him to “get over yourself.”
When Burley asked Bullivant how he felt about the beheadings of Western hostages, he said, “To be frank, I’m appalled that you would ask that question,” with Burley replying, “Don’t be appalled, just answer the question if you would please.”
Bullivant also maintained that British security policies are to blame and said perpetrators of attacks often quote foreign policy as “the key pushed,” as well as harassment and domestic policy.
“We keep on ignoring that, it’s not about justify it, its about looking at the causes of it so we can make everybody safer, both here and abroad,” he said.
But perhaps Emwazi’s problems go back even further.
The Los Angeles Times reports “a teacher at Mohammed Emwazi’s high school told the BBC he used to get into fights as a teenager and had difficulty keeping his emotions in check. He reportedly took anger management classes as a student.”
“We would find that he would get very angry and worked up and it would take him a long time to calm himself down,” the teacher said, speaking on condition of anonymity for security sake, according to the BBC. “We did a lot of work as a school to help him with his anger and to control his emotions and it seemed to work.”
But maybe his problems go back even further than THAT.
“One former classmate phoned a popular London talk radio show to say he remembered Emwazi hitting his head on a metal goal post in the playground while trying to run from some boys spoiling for a fight.”
The caller said Emwazi was about 10 years old at the time and “he was not the same ever since that brain injury.”
Yep, that must be what this is all about. Brain damage. Goodness, there are an awful lot of young men who must have been running into goal posts recently because the Islamic State forces are up to 30,000 or so.
Here’s an interesting map showing from where those brain damaged men (and women) have come. That’s a lot of goal posts.