Boris Johnson: London Mayor Claims Terrorists Are Porn-Obsessed Losers

London Mayor Boris Johnson claims terrorists typically suffer from low self-esteem because they are lonely, pornography-addicted losers who can’t get girlfriends.

In an interview, the flamboyant mayor with the “Three Stooges” haircut, who was re-elected for a second term in May 2012, evidently was alluding to a psychological profile compiled by U.K. intelligence services about jihadists who have joined up with ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

A member of the Conservative Party (aka Tories) in the U.K., Johnson, 50, is a candidate for the British parliament, the House of Commons, in the May 2015 general election. Win or lose, he also intends to finish out his term as mayor, which concludes in May 2016. If incumbent Prime Minister David Cameron falters in the national election, Johnson is considered a leading candidate to become the new leader of the Tories.

In the interview published today, Boris Johnson offered this take on what the spy agency profiling allegedly revealed.

“If you look at all the psychological profiling about bombers, they typically will look at porn. They are literally w****rs… They are tortured. They will be very badly adjusted in their relations with women, and that is a symptom of their feeling of being failures 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.”

Standing by what he said in the interview, Johnson subsequently told the BBC that “This is part of a wider problem, that is symptomatic of a feeling amongst young men who were led off into jihadist ideology that they aren’t winners, and the world is against them, and there is nothing there for them. The answer is to get them into work.”

According to The Independent of London, Johnson — who recently returned from a trip to northern Iraq to meet with Kurdish military forces who are battling ISIS — “added that the fight against Islamic extremism would not succeed if Western politicians continued blaming Islam, but added that Muslim leaders had a duty of care to these disaffected young people.”

The Guardian raised doubts, however, about Johnson’s assessment of fighters allegedly motivated in part by sexual frustration and feelings of rejection.

“Looking at the biographies of some of those who have recently travelled to Syria and Iraq to fight gives some insight into how varied a group of people the conflict has attracted. Many of the profiles run counter to Johnson’s portrayal.”

Reacting to Boris Johnson’s claims, Mussurut Zia, the General Secretary of the Muslim Women’s Network, told Mashable that, “I think in the first instance I find his language offensive and the comments to be irresponsible. The same sentiment could be expressed in different language.”

[Image via Natalia Mikhaylova / Shutterstock.com]