THERE is really only one subject of debate this weekend, precipitated by the Times’s deeply cynical report on a former ‘ISIS bride’ asking to be brought back home.
Our readers’ endorsement of Laura’s post which dwelt on the moral bankruptcy – indeed evil – it has exposed expressed in equal measure their sheer outrage, bemusement and wearied despair that her return should even be in question. Here is a selection of comments:
Peter Evans wrote:
I find I must enter a plea of temporary madness before proceeding: I found myself watching BBC TV’s news programme for a few minutes this morning, while sipping a steaming mug of freshly brewed coffee. In the sequence I beheld, a woman from a charity tasked with assisting poor, innocent victims of Islamist grooming to recover from their ordeals was urging compassion and warning against unspecified ‘far right groups’ who were seizing upon this news item to ‘spread hate’.
I may be mistaken, but I think by ‘far right groups’ (a descriptor that the BBC interviewers of course failed to ask her to elaborate on or define in any way and simply let her proceed with her pious simpering), she was referring to Brits who do not subscribe to the deranged multiculti/’diversity is our strength’ views of the middle-class halfwits who comprise Momentum.
But when she referred to grooming, she wasn’t referring to the countless numbers of little girls across the UK who had been manipulated and coerced into being used as brutalised sex slaves by certain proponents of a certain religion.
She was referring to Islamist adolescents like Ms Begum, who had somehow been forced to voluntarily research ISIS on the internet, and then forced to voluntarily leave the country that had afforded her hospitality and sanctuary, and join forces with perhaps its deadliest enemies: the scimitar-wielding, beheading, bloodthirsty death cult known as ISIS.
To be fair, a young man who left the country for more honourable purposes – to fight in combat against ISIS – was also allowed to speak, pointing out certain inconvenient truths about Ms Begum’s actions. Whereas she had chosen to read ISIS propaganda online in order to agree fulsomely with it, he had read the same material and chosen to risk his life in order to fight what he regarded as pure evil. ‘But she was only 15,’ one of the interviewers pleaded, to which he replied: ‘Which is well above the age of criminal responsibility.’
I agree wholeheartedly with Laura Perrins. Let Ms Begum, if she manages to return to the UK under her own steam, be prosecuted in a legal tribunal observing full due process that takes due account of the ‘youthful idiocy’ factor. But don’t risk a single hair on a single British soldier’s head in some perversely misguided, virtue-signalling, sentimental, deluded and unspeakably dangerous mission to rescue her, simply to make a few right-on Lefties feel good about themselves.
Would she be wanting to return to Britain if ISIS wasn’t falling to pieces around her ears? Somehow, I doubt it.
So she wants to come back and enjoy the benefits of the system she was happy to leave behind and presumably wished to see destroyed? Because it now benefits those she cares about?
If that’s not a repudiation of her worldview I don’t know what would be.
We should just remove her British citizenship and make her stateless if that is the only way to keep her out of the country, and we should change the law to enable that to happen.
In any case, would she really be stateless if we removed her British citizenship when (a) she regarded herself as an IS citizen and (b) surely she would be entitled to claim the citizenship of the country her parents came from?
I suggest therefore that we should change the law to give the government the right to remove the citizenship of terrorists who only have British citizenship where that person has the legal right to claim citizenship of another country.
How hard is it to get out of Syria? Millions have managed it during the war without the intervention of the British army.
An apposite contribution from Professor Dawkins:
‘She’s OK with severed heads – they were “enemies of Islam”. In same breath, she wants UK to accept her. Legally she has a case. Morally she should go to an Islamic Republic. But maybe doesn’t want to be arrested for driving, singing, dancing, talking to an unrelated male, etc.’
Colonel Mustard wrote:
Ah yes, the 15-year-old schoolgirls who were too young and vulnerable to know what they were doing but to whom the very same people bleating about that want to give the vote.
The family have waded in now, saying they want her back and making it out that it is the government’s responsibility to ‘rescue’ her.
paul parmenter wrote:
‘So far, the Conservatives have held firm. They should hold the line.’
So, another acid test for the party of glazed eyes, craven capitulation and marshmallow compromise, who embrace every piece of PC lunacy that washes up at their door. Their track record to date does not inspire me. Expect to see pictures of a happily smiling Begum as she is assisted off a plane at Heathrow by UK officials and taken to a packed press conference at some point in the near future.