“Isil’s so-called caliphate has no moral legitimacy; it is a regime of torture, arbitrary punishment and murder that goes against the most basic beliefs of Islam.” Which ones? Hammond didn’t say. Everyone knows already, don’t they? Everyone knows that what the Islamic State is doing has nothing whatsoever to do with the true, peaceful teachings of Islam. No one can quite manage to explain how, but what do we care about details!
“Hammond: James Foley murder an ‘utter betrayal’ of Britain,” Channel 4, August 24, 2014:
Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has called the murder of US journalist James Foley an “utter betrayal of our country” as the government hunts down the suspected Briton who carried out his beheading.
Mr Hammond pledged more military support to Kurdish fighters opposing Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq, and said the battle against “the enduring threat from Syria and Iraq” was likely to last a generation.
But he reiterated that Britain would not be putting “boots on the ground” for a military operation as the government tries to tackle the IS threat, whose members “are turning a swathe of Iraq and Syria into a terrorist state as a base for launching attacks on the West”.
“Unless they are stopped, sooner or later they will seek to strike us on British soil,” he added.
It is estimated that more than 500 British jihadists have travelled to Syria or Iraq in the past few years, Mr Hammond said….
“The brutal murder of the American journalist James Foley by Isil [IS] is a reminder to us all that Islamic extremism in Iraq and Syria is not only causing huge suffering in those countries but is also a barbaric ideology threatening us at home,” Mr Hammond wrote in the Sunday Times.
“Isil’s so-called caliphate has no moral legitimacy; it is a regime of torture, arbitrary punishment and murder that goes against the most basic beliefs of Islam.”…