Moral dilemma #16

The deaths of British jihadis, Ruhul Amin and Reyaad Khan, in an RAF drone strike in Syria has raised some interesting and important questions. Under Article 51 of the UN charter, every country has the right of self-defence and, according to David Cameron, Khan had been planning attacks on UK citizens. But, essentially, a death penalty was imposed in response to a perceived threat rather than an actual attack and the executions were carried out without trial (by means of a drone in a country with which the UK is not at war).

So how should we deal with the threat posed by home-grown jihadis? Are such executions justifiable (militarily and morally)? If the charge against Amin and Khan was treason, should other British jihadis expect that their treachery will be dealt with in this way?


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David Winship has written an unauthorised autobiography and several critically disdained literary tomes. His work is frequently compared with Steinbeck, Orwell and Hemingway, but unfortunately Mike Steinbeck, Daisy Orwell and Howard Hemingway were all terrible writers. He has been totally overlooked for the most prestigious literary awards worldwide, which is a shame as most of the words are spelled correctly. In fact, his books contain material that ranks with the finest literary works in history: all the right letters are there, just not necessarily in the right order.

Dave’s blog (The Speed Of Dark Blog) is part of his crusade for truth and justice and universal entitlement to free real ale. It may well be that his whole purpose in life is to serve as a warning to others.

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