I WAS SOMEWHAT PERPLEXED THIS WEEK to learn that four Muslim’s have apparently had their British passports withdrawn to prevent them from travelling to Syria and joining-up with their lunatic brothers and sisters waging incoherent jihad against their fellow believers. After all, we did not prevent anyone from this country leaving to join the Spanish Civil War – nor did we prevent them from returning to their homeland afterwards. I firmly believe in the right to take up arms to defend against another’s aggression, and I personally have no objection to anyone killing another when that other attempts to kill them. Personally, I would much rather encourage all our home grown jihadists to go join their chosen foreign faction and give vent to their epinephrine charged emotions upon another’s soil than I would risk them expressing their indoctrinated hatred here.
I am also perplexed to discover that individuals can be permitted to stay in a country that withdraws their passport and, by implication, their nationality. When British mercenaries had their passports removed at our borders, they were prevented from setting their feet upon British soil and were left to seek their own solution to the problem. Why have we forced our own indigenous people to seek refuge in other countries for choosing to fight for a living on foreign soil, yet force Muslim aggressors, who do not recognise any borders or other cultures, to remain in our homeland and fester?
Why not permit those jihadists to leave (with a good fifty-fifty chance that they will not be coming back) and remove their British passports should they successfully return – treating them like the mercenaries they really are?..