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UK Defense Secretary Derided for Netflix-Esque Notions of Fighting Terror

© REUTERS / Peter Nicholls / Gavin Williamson, Britain's Secretary of State for Defence, arrives in Downing Street, London, November 14, 2017
Gavin Williamson, Britain's Secretary of State for Defence, arrives in Downing Street, London, November 14, 2017 - Sputnik International
Public sentiment is starkly polarized following UK Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson's remarks about "destroying and eliminating" the threat related to Britons fighting for the terrorist group Daesh.

British Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson addressed security concerns when responding to a wave of criticism over his strong recent words about British citizens who'd become Daesh militants.

"The British people want to make sure that our streets are safe. They are incredibly proud of our armed forces, the work they do — making sure that the people who are a threat to this country are not able to continue to threaten this country," he said.

Williamson signaled the UK government's readiness to continue to meet Britons' expectations in terms of maintaining security.

Earlier, he was harshly criticized for insisting that those British nationals who sided with Daesh should "never be allowed back into this country."

Williamson said that those seeking to bring "destruction, death and bloodshed" to British streets should be "hunted down" and that this threat should be "eliminated."

"A dead terrorist can't cause any harm to Britain," he said, a statement that was immediately slammed by former director of public prosecutions Lord Macdonald, who described it as "a juvenile response" rather than "a serious, grown-up policy response for a senior British Government minister."

"[…] It is really a policy that belongs in a Netflix series more seriously than it belongs in the range of policies that should be being applied by the UK government," Lord Macdonald said.

The UK Green Party's chair Hilde Liesens in turn expressed outrage over what she described as Williamson's willingness "to throw away the UK's global reputation for respecting the law."

The Guardian, meanwhile, has noted that at least 800 UK citizens "are thought to have gone to fight for ISIS in Iraq and Syria, including teenagers, women and young families."

British security forces, for their part, said that about 425 Daesh militants have already returned to the UK, igniting fears that it could add significantly to a terrorism threat in the country.

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