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Do we really care more about a perpetrator than a victim? The case of Shamima Begum.


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Perhaps our care for an individual depends on our political ideology

Of course we can, and probably should, care about both the victim and the victimised. But the victim is, well, the victim. The victimised may have issues of their own but they are not the one who suffered at the hands of the other.

Call them what you will but if one person is doing harm to another they are, legally and socially, the perpetrator while the other is a casualty. The casualty is the one who deserves our foremost attention and care: the rest can get to the back of the queue.

It doesn’t matter the sex of victim or perpetrator. Although the media generally does its best to hide the truth, a proportion of women are willing participants in murder and mayhem, and always have been.

It is important to remember, moreover, that Islamic State was the first terrorist organization to spearhead a systematic campaign to reach out to women – using gender specific propaganda to do so.

Why Do We Underestimate The Role Of Women In Terrorist Organizations?
Nikita Malik, Forbes

“Islamic State” was not the first, nor will they be the last, to involve women. Examples in recent times include the Klu Klux Klan (female membership at one point is estimated to have exceeded the male membership), Sekigun‑ha, and the Irish Republican Army. There have also been all-female terrorists from Roman Times to the current crop of feminists attacking people and places across the world. Islamic State may be the first to make public appeals and set up a specific pathway for women but that reflects the way they view women, not because women are not inherently violent.

It is understandable and even commendable that Shamima’s family want her back in Britain. The rest of the country should be happy to keep out one more known terrorist. Was she ‘groomed’ at 15? Nobody is defining the difference between receiving an education, being indoctrinated, and being groomed. All of which, we can be sure, could happen to a young girl without proper care.

Which does raise another issue. Just how is it that a 15-year-old girl manages to be groomed (or indoctrinated) while still living with parents? Were they not paying attention? A mid-teen girl typically gets (because she needs) very close care and supervision. We hear all the time how Islamic and Persian (to use the old name) girls are overly restricted. Certainly I that was my experience when I was growing up around many of them.

Still further, how does a 15-year-old girls get to fly anywhere (let alone to a war zone) without permission? And where did she and two friends get that kind of money? It’s more than most British adults could consider pocket money. Which does bring us back to the issue of grooming .. or upbringing.

Now the British tax-payer, who won’t fund innocent men trying to clear their name of accusations made only during a divorce process, are funding the top terrorist lawyer to argue with their own government.

If you want to know how morally disorientated the cultural elite has become, just consider this: they have expressed more sympathy with the supposed ‘grooming victim’ Shamima Begum than they have with actual grooming victims in Manchester, Rochdale, Telford and other English cities and towns. When it comes to white working-class girls who really were groomed, in this case by largely Pakistani gangs, they are silent. But when it comes to Begum’s decision to join an Islamic death cult and to travel thousands of miles to assist a hysterical pseudo-state that was enslaving Yazidi women, crucifying Christians and executing homosexuals, they cry ‘grooming!’. They have shed more tears over a neo-fascist Islamic radical than they have over northern working-class girls.

The evil of Shamima Begum
Brendan O’Neill, Spiked

Removing someone’s nationality is not a light thing to do. Nor is it something a country is allowed to do by international treaty. Unless the person already has more than one nationality, which Shamima does. No doubt Bangladesh are sorry they didn’t think to act before Britain.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 15
Everyone has the right to a nationality. No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his nationality nor denied the right to change his nationality.

Thankfully, we don’t know the names of the many girls groomed in the towns Brendan O’Neill mentions. But we should not forget them just because we can’t name them. Those are the girls we need to be reassured are getting care, even involving the highest in the land. The highest in the land have dealt with another girl as the hate-filled bunch of corrupting evil she claims to be. We should forget about the perpetrator, while still asking ourselves – and her parents – how she came to be that way.

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