It is surely a bizarre story that two sixteen year old girls and one fifteen year old from London, travel to Gatwick, board a plane to Turkey and are apparently making their way to Syria to become brides of ISIL fighters.
Seemingly these are three ordinary Muslim girls, “straight A students” at a decent school. Ordinary families and ordinary homes. Poster families for Multiculturalism.
Typically…such as the case last month of “home grown” French jihadists killing cartoonists in Paris…it is the “disenfranchised” youth in deprived areas in Europe, who are regarded as being at risk.
So these girls are intelligent girls but obviously lacking in common sense. Groomed on the Internet? Social Media always gets the blame. But it cant actually hypnotise people. More likely it seems like good old misplaced “hero worship” . Good Girls love Bad Boys. But ISIL is not the guys who chew gum at the back of the class. ISIL are not even a motor cycle gang with cool leather jackets. These are cold blooded killers.
Disturbingly, it appears these girls will become “brides of ISIL”…as the tabloids are putting it. ISIL has already shown that it uses Rape as a weapon of war. And of course the extreme Islamists advocate that women are subservient to men. This is depressing…it seems absurd that three intelligent young women (one below the legal age of consent) from London would fly off to ISIL Land.
It is of course a criminal offence to support or fight for ISIL. There is a window of opportunity before they become “criminals”. Muslim parents told to look for signs that their children are being indoctrinated report to the police. They might have reasonably expected courts to be more sympathetic to their good citizenship.
Yet everything seems a contradiction. Britain celebrates Diversity while being at war with aspects of Muslim culture. And Britain tiptoes round issues like female genital mutilation in the name of Multi-Culturalism. They seek to have it both ways.
Going off to fight for ISIL….in February 2015….is criminal. Doing it a year ago, when ISIL was at war with Assad’s Syria was positively encouraged. Ex-British soldiers now fighting with Assad against ISIL are celebrated as heroes.
Is any action taken against young men from North London and Manchester, who consider it a duty to serve with the Israeli Army. Well….thats “different”. Israel is after all a nation and an ally of Britain. Israel are the good guys…apparently.
ISIL on the other hand is not a nation and only occasional allies of Britain. And obviously bad guys.
Should leaving Britain to fight for another nation be regarded in the same way as leaving Britain to fight for Islamic jihadists? A matter for the British of course and as an Irish citizen, it would be improper of me to have an opinion.
What sort of nation would allow foreigners into its Army? Well….Britain would. All those Ghurkas from Nepal….fighting….and dying and killing for Britain….surely they are foreign.