Phobia of Terrorism

The Islamic State has largely retreated from almost all the territories under its control inside Syria.Now its fighters are fleeing the last remaining enclave in the east of the country. Men, women and children are now in refugee camps. They suffer from harsh conditions and their fate is unknown. What is in store for them? Their dream of the Islamic State and the Caliphate promised by Abu- Bakr al-Baghdadi is falling apart in front of their eyes. Their countries are repudiating them and refusing their return. This is a humanitarian and moral responsibility that international community must shoulder and decide upon to find solutions. It is unacceptable to leave young children and women subject to hunger and cold weather under the allegations of terrorism.
According to The Guardian Today in its opening headline-17/2/2019-Trump tweeted: ”The United States is asking Britain, France, Germany and other European allies to take back over 800 Isis fighters that we captured in Syria and put them on trial. The Caliphate is ready to fall. The alternative is not a good one in that we will be forced to release them.
”The US does not want to watch as these Isis fighters permeate Europe, which is where they are expected to go. We do so much, and spend so much-Time for others to step up and do the job that they are so capable of doing. We are pulling back after 100% Caliphate victory!”
Surely the 800 Isis fighters that Trump is referring to are of pure European backgrounds. He does not mean those whose parents come from immigrant heritages. My assumption is based on two cases of young women who made headlines all over the world.
* Shamima Begum, who is 19 years old now, was born, raised and educated in London. She left for Syria to join Isis in 2015 when she was 14.She married twice and currently is living in a refugee camp in northern Syria with her newborn son. Shamima,of Bangladeshi heritage,is now stateless after Sajid Javid, home secretary, removed her British citizenship. The Guardian Today’s opinion writers have implicitly denounced the decision and professed their solidarity with Shamima.” Sajid Javid is pandering to rightwing press over Shamima Begum.” Says Roy Greenslade on Sunday 24th February 2019.”Put yourself in Shamima Begum’s shoes before you damn her out of hand.” Says Sonia Sodha on the same day and date.”Shamima Begum has a right to British citizenship, whether you like it or not.”Concludes Gary Younge on Thursday 21st  February 2019.The Times takes the same stance as the Guardian and says Begum ”should be allowed to return to her family in Britain and explain her actions. ”Now take a look at the racial and anti-muslim prejudice against citizens with roots overseas.”this fanatically stupid young woman…must not under any circumstances be allowed to return to Britain.” Says the Daily Telegraph’s columnist Allison Pearson.The Sun shares the same opinion and words” No regrets.No remorse. No entry.” ”Jihadi bride…must never set foot in Britain again.” ”strip her of her citizenship.” Words full of hatred, words that hurt feelings and hearts.
*Hoda Muthana,an American girl of Arab heritage, joined Isis in 2014.Now she is living in a refugee camp with her one year-old son. The secretary of state, Mike Pompeo says Hoda is not a US citizen and will not be admitted into the United States. Donald Trump, who calls on his European allies to take back their nationals who joined Isis and put them on trial, cannot and dare not take back the only American girl in Syria. Is it prejudice or phobia of terrorism that prevents Trump to allow Hoda join her family?
It seems that Mike Pompeo and Sajid are on the same page when it comes to citizenship of Americans and Britons who have family roots overseas.Unlike Briton,stripping citizenship in USA is a difficult and complicated matter.Therefore,the authorities in US resorted to a legal gap in the constitution which deprives those born to diplomats of citizenship.However the case of Hoda is totally different and their claim was refuted by their own courts. Mathana left USA carrying a US Passport.As I assumed,the matter is a phobia of terrorism and prejudice. There is a lack of trust and faith between the Muslim world and the West.

Abdul Ghani Yusuf Abu Waad

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