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Fox News host calls for mass killing of Islamists

In a seven-minute long tirade, Jeanine Pirro repeats 'We need to kill them. We need to kill them’

In a week when Fox News has been subjected to an avalanche of mockery on social media due to a pundit's assertion that Birmingham had become "completely Muslim", one of the network's hosts has now suggested that the only reasonable response to Islamists was to "kill them" all.

In a seven-minute long invective, Jeanine Pirro said: "We need to kill them. We need to kill them. The radical Muslim terrorists hell bent on killing us."

"You're in danger, I'm in danger," Pirro said, sitting in front of still images from the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris.

"We're at war," she added, "and this is not going to stop. After this week's brutal terror attacks in France hopefully everybody now gets it."

According to Pirro, the best response would be the armament of unspecified "Muslims" to be able to fight back against Islamist terrorists. "There's only one group that can stop this war. The Muslims themselves."Pirro continued: "Our job is to arm those Muslims to the teeth and give them everything they need to take out these Islamic fanatics, let them do the job, and when they do, we need to simply… look the other way."Pirro "has form for rants in this vein," the Huffington Post reports. Last year she argued that the best response to Islamic State militants would be to bomb them: "Bomb them, bomb them, keep bombing them, bomb them again," she said.The anchor said that the US should "Force Arab nations to choose. They're either with us or against us."She added: "They don't operate the way we do. You can't negotiate, you can't mediate and you can't bargain. You can't even reason with these people."

In the course of her argument, Pirro suggests that Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's regime in Egypt had already shown it was possible to defeat extremists, having toppled the Muslim Brotherhood. As Vox points out, however, "The news that radical Islam has been eradicated from Egypt would, I imagine, come as a surprise to Egyptians, including al-Sisi himself."

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