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Posted By: Iains
20-Feb-19 - 05:23 PM
Thread Name: BS: Should 'Jihadi bride' come back to UK?
Subject: RE: BS: Should 'Jihadi bride' come back to UK?
Date: 20 Feb 19 - 03:53 PM ..........

It is "we" in the sense of Her Britannic Majesty's Government acting on your behalf, whether you like it or not.

The youngest age that potential recruits can apply to join the British army is 15 years and 7 months. They cannot go on active service until 18.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/shortcuts/2013/apr/23/british-armed-forces-16-year-olds
Does it make any difference that in the case of these young soldiers we call it training and for Isis volunteers it is called radicalisation.
It is well established that radicalisation of jihadis can present a potential risk when they return.
It is also well documented that many soldiers on returning to civvy street can carry trauma and injuries that prevent their effective reintegration into society.
With limited resources which of the two groups listed is the more deserving of our sympathy and help.
I have a great problem in accepting the young lady is the poor exploited victim of circumstance that has been painted. Unless drugged and kidnapped you do not travel to foreign countries and cross borders without tacit consent. The only mitigation I would accept is the complicity of government being afraid of upsetting sensibilities, by refusing to clean out the Augean stables of extremism and fundamentalism in certain mosques.
Hers is not the only case. Many other jihadi brides are in camps or already returned along with unknown numbers of jihadi fighters.
Future wars are likely to show a similar asymmetry to that exemplified by the situation in Syria. This requires a viable solution is found quickly. Letting jihadis slide back without sanction poses an unacceptable risk.

Harping on about Shemima Begun being a child is simply a device to dodge reality. Criminal responsibility in the UK is 10 years old.
The arguments presented by many here blithely ignore the fact that by their arbitrary standards many of our frontline troops are children.
Why are you happy to accept that? Your silence on the subject is deafening. You make no comment on the fact that "children" are in uniform and being killed, injured, mentally damaged and given scant resources to rejoin society. Yet one adult with a child offering succour to our enemies is treated here as though the entire world is against her. What a bizarre ranking of priorities.