Registered On: September 7, 2015
Begum is British and is therefore our responsibility to bring justice to. We can’t have people disowned by the state and left in limbo because their actions are not becoming of an ideal British citizen, or human being for that matter. Criminals deserve to have a fair hearing, and that includes the nigh on certainly guilty. We can’t judge a suitable punishment for Begum unless she’s had a fair hearing through the legal system of the UK, which is her home country, and as such she should be a British citizen. It’s the height of cowardice from the state to just palm her off as someone else’s problem because it scores well with rhetoric about being tough on terror.
None of this means I have any sympathy with Begum’s actions, when she was at an age to know better and got herself tied up with an Islamic death cult which stands against every liberal and socially democratic value I hold dear.