After news broke that Mohammed Emwazi, believed to be the person more popularly known as Jihadi John, had most likely been killed in a drone strike on Raqqa, the more bloodthirsty part of the Fourth Estate quickly celebrated by telling their readers how wonderful the news was, while gleefully trashing anyone showing signs of being insufficiently bellicose, which meant another hatchet job on Jeremy Corbyn.

Why did they do this? It was because Corbyn had released a statement telling “it would have been far better for us all if he had been held to account in a court of law”. No matter that he had preceded this with “It appears Mohammed Emwazi has been held to account for his brutal and callous crimes”: that part is inconvenient to the bloodthirsty mob wanting More And Bigger Drone Strikes For The Benefit Of Themselves Personally Now.

Sadly, the bloodlust tendency, together with those who suggest there is something misguided about anyone saying Emwazi should have, if possible, been put on trial, misses one important point: there is a concept that goes by the name of international law, and the idea of putting on trial those who have been alleged to have carried out the most heinous of war crimes has, within this framework, significant previous.

The example that comes most readily to mind is that of Adolf Eichmann, whose identity the Israelis confirmed before their operatives from the Mossad and the Shin Bet captured him in Argentina in 1960. Why bother with taking him to Israel for a trial, eh? Why not take the nearest automatic weapon and empty the magazine into the SOB? Job done! But the Israelis did put him on trial. And that was surely the right thing to do.

Read more: Zelo Street: Jihadi John Bloodlust Exposed

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