David Cameron has spoken out against the Islamic State following the recent beheading of 44-year-old British aid worker David Haines. His death following the similar murders of American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff. All three beheadings were filmed — and “narrated” by a militant speaking in a British accent — and then posted on the internet. The Foreign Office also believe the the video released was “genuine”.
The Prime Minister gave his statements from Downing Street, labelling the Islamic State as “monsters”:
We will hunt down those responsible and bring them to justice, no matter how long it takes…David Haines was an aid worker. He went into harm’s way, not to harm people but to help his fellow human beings in the hour of their direst need, from the Balkans to the Middle East.
David Haines was a British hero. The fact that an aid worker was taken, held and brutally murdered at the hand of Islamic State sums up what this organisation stands for.
They boast of their brutality. They claim to do this in the name of Islam. That is nonsense – Islam is a religion of peace.
He also spoke on what needs to be done to take down the extremist faction:
It must strengthen our resolve. We must recognise that it will take time to eradicate a threat like this. It will require, as I have described, action at home and abroad…This is not something we can do on our own. We have to work with the rest of the world.
Ultimately, our security as a nation, the way we go about our everyday lives in this free and tolerant society that is Britain, has always depended on our readiness to act against those who stand for hatred and who stand for destruction.
In the footage, Haines also makes a statement (under duress, most likely) which blames David Cameron for his own execution:
In the statement, which appears to have been made under duress, he said: “You entered voluntarily into a coalition with the United States against the Islamic State just as your predecessor Tony Blair did, following a trend against our British prime ministers who can’t find the courage to say ‘no’ to the Americans.
Unfortunately it is we the British public that in the end will pay the price for our Parliament’s selfish decisions.
David Haines was taken hostage in Syria in 2013. The Agency For Technical Cooperation and Development (also known as ACTED) has also released a statement, condemning the murder and spreading condolences to family, friends and loves ones of the aid worker. You can read that statement in full here.