Boris Johnson made some comments on the Islamic State in an interview with the Sun newspaper after he visited the Kurdish regional capital of Irbil to see the Peshmerga fighters who are pushing back against the Isis insurgency in Iraq. Johnson is the current mayor of London and a Conservative candidate for a seat in the British Parliament in the next general elections, as well as a likely future leader of his party.
Johnson described men who go to fight with Islamic State as “literally wankers” who watch porn because they can’t meet women. He explained: “If you look at all the psychological profiling about bombers, they typically will look at porn. They are literally wankers. Severe onanists.” Johnson described British jihadis as “tortured” and “very badly adjusted in their relations with women”, something he said was a symptom of “their feeling of being a failure and that the world is against them. They are not making it with girls and so they turn to other forms of spiritual comfort – which of course is no comfort. They are just young men in desperate need of self-esteem who do not have a particular mission in life, who feel that they are losers and this thing makes them feel strong – like winners.”
Speaking on Sky News later on Friday, Johnson defended his comments, saying they weren’t “remotely controversial”. Old Tom and I would like to take the opportunity to publicly and unreservedly endorse his comments.