Right wing hero Boris Johnson has launched a blistering attack on Jihadi killers, calling them “losers” who have been “rejected by women”.
The London Mayor, who is the candidate for the West London constituency of Ruislip, cited an MI5 report into Muslim extremism in an interview with The Sun.
“If you look at all the psychological profiling about bombers, they typically will look at porn. They are literally w***ers. Severe onanists” the blond politician said.
“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.”
In a follow up interview on Sky News he clarified his arguments, saying, ”Certainly, the young men who get involved in this kind of thing do have a lot of problems in their lives.
“There’s no question that they lack self-esteem and that they lack boundaries and that they feel like losers.”
“We need to address it in all sorts of ways,” adding “”I don’t think there’s anything remotely controversial about what I have said.”
He said that it was important that instead of being afraid of discussing what drives people to join radical Islamic terror groups that “”I fervently think we need to de-mystify this lot.”
Mr Johnson backed fellow Conservative Sajid Javid in saying that it was “absolutely right” to say Muslim communities carry a “special burden” to tackle terror.
The London Mayor, whose own great grandfather was a Turkish Muslim, said he often heard people who were “very quick to accuse people of Islamophobia.”
Rather than just throwing insults at those who question whether Islam as a whole needs to address radicalisation he said “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,” adding “they are not explaining how it can be that this one religion seems to be leading people astray in so many cases.”
“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.”
His comments drew criticism from within the Muslim community, with Mussurut Zia, general secretary of the Muslim Women’s Network UK, calling Mr Johnson’s comments “irresponsible”.
She said she felt “they are going to lead to a greater divide.”
“He has a responsibility to all his constituents, not just the readers’ of The Sun,” Ms Zia added.
She was joined by Chris Doyle from the Council for Arab-British Understanding who, in possibly a first for the Mayor, accused him of “using very agricultural language.”
“It therefore risks trivialising and sensationalising very serious discussions and debates,” he said.
But from the comments from viewers of the news programme, it seems that Mr Johnson has struck a chord with his critique of fundamentalists, with one writing “Boris has sealed his victory at the election” and another going one step further calling for “Boris for Prime Minister!”