For a year we have known of a British Muslim – dubbed Jihadi John – who is IS’s star executioner. With his British accent to introduce the act, in video after video he has sawed the heads off innocent hostages including British citizens Alan Henning and David Haines.
He tried to disguise his identity but on Thursday it came out. Mohammed Emwazi is a 26-year-old British citizen who came to this country from Kuwait as a child.
Now we know who he is we also know who his circle is and what a disgusting and disgraceful glimpse this gives us of modern Britain.
First there is his education.
A lot of people still pretend that Muslims become terrorists because they are poor or undereducated. Yet once again that false narrative has been dealt a blow.
Emwazi had all the advantages that the British state can offer in education. He even ended up at Westminster University.
Many if not most of Britain’s high-flying terrorists have been university graduates.