In ages past, traitors who chose the other side and fought with the enemy against their country could expect a noose or a bullet if they had the misfortune to fall back into the hands of their own.
All the Soviet citizens who fought alongside Nazis against the Red Army at best ended up in gulags. Female non-combatant collaborators were lucky to escape with their heads shaved and being tarred and feathered (the post-liberation French were particularly keen on that, probably because they had the most to be ashamed of of all the occupied countries).
Now we are of course much more civilised and so we merely debate whether or not to allow jihadis to come back after their bloody gap years in Syria and Iraq (and by “we” I mean mostly the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia, because Canada under Justin Castro Jr simply rolls out the welcoming carpet for the returning rapists and beheaders).
Case one in the news:
Islamic State bride Shamima Begum has been stripped of her British citizenship after showing no remorse for joining up with the terror group.
“Please find enclosed papers that relate to a decision taken by the Home Secretary, to deprive your daughter, Shamima Begum, of her British citizenship,” the letter read.
“In light of the circumstances of your daughter, the notice of the Home Secretary’s decision has been served of file today (19th February), and the order removing her British citizenship has subsequently been made.”
The letter — obtained by ITV News — went on to urge the Begum family to make their daughter aware of the decision while adding she had the right to appeal.
The schoolgirl’s family have said they are “disappointed” by the Home Office’s decision, said their lawyer Tasnime Akunjee.
“We are considering all legal avenues to challenge this decision,” he tweeted.
The Home Office has declined to comment further on the letter.
Begum’s dual nationality — as both her parents are of Bangladeshi — reportedly cleared the way for today’s decision.
If she didn’t have any other nationality than British she would have been left “stateless”.
Shamina of course would not have been stateless, since she choose to be a citizen of the Islamic State. It’s not exactly our problem that the Islamic State is now reduced to a single village in Syria, which is surrounded by anti-ISIS forces and being pounded with artillery.
The former British schoolgirl fled from her home in Bethnal Green, East London, as a 15-year-old to join Islamic State in 2015.
She has this week pleaded to be allowed to return home after giving birth to a baby boy.
“I actually do support some British values and I am willing to go back to the UK and settle back again and rehabilitate and that stuff,” Ms Begum said in a BBC interview.
She actually does support some British values, you know (Which ones?) and she is willing to settle back and rehabilitate and shit, you know what I mean? Honestly, the Millennial jihadis are the worst. You want a pumpkin spice latte with your rehabilitation, darl?
Not that Shamina is particularly repentant or regretful about her three-year magical mystery tour of Syrian shitholes.
However she also said the murder of 22 music fans in the Manchester Arena suicide bombing was “fair justification” for air raids on IS in Syria.
Showing no remorse, the 19-year-old dismissed the atrocity at the 2017 Ariana Grande concert as “retaliation”…
She said she feared she will never see her husband, the Dutch jihadist Yago Riedijk again, whom she still loved “very much”.
Riedijk, 26, a convert to Islam who grew up in a middle-class family home in Arnhem, is suspected by police of being involved in a terrorist plot in the Netherlands.
He was convicted in his absence last year of membership of a terrorist group.
She also still doesn’t particularly mind the beheadings, which were one of the things that made her join in the first place. But yeah, she wants back in with her progeny. Death to the infidel!* (*except for their welfare system and the health system and the council housing and free education and all that) Alas, the British authorities clearly don’t share the enthusiasm anymore to be a refuge to every radical, ex-radical and maybe-ex-radical-maybe-not.
As you can see, ABC is getting absolutely “ratioed” for their “Alabama mother” take and the viewers aren’t feeling particularly compassionate at the moment, despite the fact that Hoda Muthana is pretty photogenic (her son less so):
With U.S.-backed forces closing in on ISIS in Syria, young mother Hoda Muthana is pleading for a second chance and the opportunity to return home to her family in Alabama.
“I realized I’ve made a big mistake and I know I’ve ruined my future and my son’s future and I deeply, deeply regret it,” she said in an interview with The Guardian newspaper.
Muthana is one of 1,500 foreign women and children living in a Kurdish-run refugee camp in northern Syria.
Muthana’s family lawyer, Hassan Shibly, told ABC News the young mother was “brainwashed” by ISIS and now feels “tremendous remorse.”
“This is a young, vulnerable woman who was brainwashed and manipulated by monsters who took advantage of her,” Shibly said in an interview that airs on “Good Morning America” on Tuesday morning. “Hooda is absolutely disgusted by the person she became while under the spell.”
In case your heart doesn’t melt, here is another cute photo that ABC provided:
No one can peer inside the hearts and minds of the Real Housewives of Raqqa to see how sincere their narratives of brainwashing and regret really are. Sure, they were young and impressionable. But as my favourite cleric, Imam Tawhidi tweets, “Making a mistake when you’re 15 is getting caught smoking by your dad, not joining bloody ISIS.” Aren’t people entitled to second chances, however? Isn’t the whole justice and penal system based on the idea of paying your debt to society and being able to start afresh?
Well, yes, but the Brides of Satan just expect to come back and resume their lives as if nothing has happened, as if they merely stayed with their grandma back in the old country for a few years as opposed to traveling half way across the world to a war zone to shack up with one of the most repulsive and violent groups around.
Would there be as much sympathy for Girls Gone Wild of the Caliphate in some sections of our society if instead we were talking about white supremacist teens seduced by dreams of a brutal Aryan superstate?
These questions don’t necessarily have easy answers, but if the public sentiment is anything to go by, the average Joneses out there have little patience left with fellow citizens who can’t make up their mind if they prefer Indianapolis or ISIS.
P.S. Gets better:
The campaign by Begum’s family to have her returned to Britain sparked fresh controversy on Monday when the lawyer representing them, Tasnime Akunjee, compared the radicalised youngster to a ‘traumatised’ First World War soldier in a TV interview.
When Good Morning Britain presenter Richard Madeley insisted she doesn’t look very traumatised, Mr Akunjee replied: ‘You might have said the same thing about a First World War soldier in the middle of shell-shock… they are both [in] warzones.’
Madeley branded the lawyer’s comments ‘foolish’, saying his war veteran grandfather found it very difficult to talk about what he went through.
It came after Mr Akunjee claimed Nazi war criminals were given a fairer hearing than Begum, and blamed her local council, the police and even her school for letting her go to Syria in the first place.
I guess Britain in 1918 wasn’t any happier about taking back shell-shocked Bethnal Green boys who chose to fight for the Kaiser
*MILFs: Moms I’d Like to Forbid (from re-entering the country).
Arthur Chrenkoff blogs at The Daily Chrenk, where this piece also appears.
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