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George and the ‘ISIS Bride’

Kevin Smith

Two things I gave up in the New Year after many years were smoking and reading the London Evening Standard. I used to pick up the newspaper at the tube station on the journey from work back to the sticks.

​The newspaper over the last year has got worse in many ways, not least the reporting of Syria and foreign affairs. It’s that bad that there should be an Off-Evening Standard – set up by people who read it so Londoners don’t have to.

The Evening Standard is one of those newspapers which is so inept or/and dishonest on these matters it always forces me to pick up my pen and write just to get it out of my system. So in a way it’s a source of negative inspiration for my writing and last year I wrote this for Off- Guardian, about an article Jeremy Hunt published in it.

However my son who works in London brings it home and the other day, venturing out into my garden for a crafty vape (e-cigarette) I saw a copy in my paper waste bin flapping in the wind. At first I didn’t approach. But after a while I succumbed. I thought there would be no harm reading the readers letter page. So I found the page and began reading.

Big mistake – there were some reader letters about whether or not the so called ‘ISIS bride’ should be allowed back into the UK.

Just to explain: not long back the format for the Evening Standard reader letters page changed. They used to publish around a dozen letters each day. And they allowed a range of views. Even I’ve had some letters published on Syria and Yemen although I had to tone things down a bit (then the editor toned them down a bit more) However they’ve now changed it to no more than a few letters and one of the editors responds to the main letter. I guess it gives them the last word on the topic of the day.

Anyway on the ‘ISIS bride’ topic there were two letters with differing viewpoints, one from an outraged Alfie and the other from a compassionate Constantine. If you wish to stereotype you can probably take a guess by their names and views which opposing sides of the river each live. These letters were replied to by no less than George Osborne, former Chancellor and the current editor of the Evening Standard. He replied as follows:

EDITOR’S REPLY

Dear Alfie and Constantine

I understand the anger of those who say Shamima Begum should not be allowed to return to the UK. After all, she supported a terrorist cult that killed Britons and, in her interviews, she shows little remorse.

But I don’t agree, for a simple reason: she was born in Britain and has British citizenship. Which other country is supposed to look after her on our behalf? Syria? It can’t look after its own citizens. Neighbours such as Jordan and Turkey? Since when did they have to take the British citizens we don’t want?

Another European country? Can you imagine the fury here if we took a French or Italian citizen who joined Islamic State? I’m sorry, but Ms Begum is our homegrown problem. She was groomed by extremists when she was 15 in our country. Investigate her by all means, charge her if she had committed crimes, and imprison her if that’s what a court decides. But that has to happen here.

As for her newborn boy, it will be one of the most vulnerable British citizens in the world. Unless we’ve now given up on compassion and justice, and believe that the sins of the mother should be visited on an innocent baby.

George Osborne, Editor

Osborne is right in the sense we should have the ‘ISIS bride’ back but dishonest on so many other levels. There are a few points he makes which I’ll comment on.

Osborne says:

After all, she supported a terrorist cult that killed Britons and, in her interviews, she shows little remorse”

Well, at least she was honest about it. The British Government which included Osborne supported the death cults such as ISIS and Al Qaeda which have laid waste to Syria yet still deny their involvement. The British Government through this conflict have caused the death of thousands of Syrians and increased the risk of conflict with Russia.

Which other country is supposed to look after her on our behalf”? “Syria? – It can’t look after its own citizens”

It’s up to us to take her back but the main point is we need to take responsibility for the carnage we’ve caused. That probably means Osborne and his former cabinet colleagues who knew what they were doing, rather than the young, naive ‘ISIS bride’ should be tried for treason and war crimes.

Syria should not take her, but for the reason that she’s foreign – like the majority of fighters in ISIS and Al Qaeda. The states where these terrorists came from should take responsibility for dealing with them. Syria have their own programmes to integrate Syrians who joined these groups back into society.

And Syria can and does look after its own citizens. Why do you think after nearly 8 years of war and sanctions inflicted on Syria it still survives and the majority of civilians live under government control? This apart from Idlib, which the Syrian Army has been warned by the West not to liberate from Al Qaeda.

I’m sorry, but Ms Begum is our homegrown problem. She was groomed by extremists when she was 15 in our country. Investigate her by all means, charge her if she had committed crimes, and imprison her if that’s what a court decides. But that has to happen here.

As for her newborn boy, it will be one of the most vulnerable British citizens in the world. Unless we’ve now given up on compassion and justice, and believe that the sins of the mother should be visited on an innocent baby”.

Agreed again – it’s our problem but this whole reply implies the British Government had no involvement in Syria. Don’t talk about compassion and justice. It was the British Government which created the conditions for terrorism and war to take hold in Syria, Libya and Iraq. The underlying reasons why she joined ISIS can be debated but it doesn’t reflect well on the British Government whichever way you look at it.

There, I’ve got that off my chest. I’m still successful with my anti-smoking drive. But I still lapse from time to time where it concerns the Evening Standard. Hopefully I won’t need to inflict the consequences of the odd moment of weakness on to Off-G readers again.

Kevin Smith is a British citizen living and working in London. He researches and writes down his thoughts on the foreign wars promoted by Western governments and media. In the highly controlled and dumbed down UK media environment, he’s keen on exploring ways of discouraging ideology and tribalism in favour of free thinking.
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flaxgirl
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So Anthony Loyd has an article published by Chatham House. How ’bout that? The people have lost their voice Kidnappings and killings have left the Syrian people with no journalists to relay their experiences. https://www.chathamhouse.org/publications/twt/archive/view/197195 And he was a friend and colleague of Marie Colvin. https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/review-in-extremis-the-life-of-war-correspondent-marie-colvin-by-lindsey-hilsum-a-war-reporter-fighting-her-own-demons-hdwdhm500 And here’s a good story he’s telling his pal, Christiane Amanpour, about an alleged Muslim mate turning on him and setting him up to be abducted and SHOOTING him! With a gory photo to prove it. What do you think? Moulage or for real? And he found Shamima (aka Shahima aka Sharmeena) Begum in… Read more »

flaxgirl
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1. How all this Jihadist bride stuff will be JUSTIFIED is as propaganda to any young women considering becoming Jihadist brides that it’s not a good idea.

2. What it’s REALLY ABOUT is fomenting disharmony between groups, creating fear and implying security needs to be upped – all the better to control us.

It’s always the same old story that I learnt in the must-see film that very first woke me up, JFK to 9/11 Everything is a Rich Man’s Trick. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1Qt6a-vaNM&

different frank
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different frank

I remember this from the Standard in the 80s. comment image
The Standard has always been vile.

flaxgirl
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Once again, just like … Maria Butina, Marzieh Hashimi and Marie Colvin https://off-guardian.org/2019/01/29/marie-colvin-homs-and-media-falsehoods-about-syria/#comment-145019 … … the evidence (and lack of) clearly shows that this story and connected stories are all fabrications and George Osborne knows this full well. So Sharmeena Begum was found in a Syrian refugee camp by journalist Anthony Loyd? Couldn’t manage a photo? – although apparently he was indeed a war photographer as shown below. Could Anthony have intelligence connections do you think? His wikipedia page says: He went to school for journalism and then went to Bosnia with a vague plan to cover the ongoing war.… Read more »

Frankly Speaking
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Frankly Speaking

Oh Lord, Flaxgirl is back. What planet were you on during your last trip? Or are you a disinfo shill who is trying to make a mockery of legitimate conspiracy theories?

flaxgirl
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I don’t quite understand your hostility, FS. As far as I can tell our main area of disagreement is that you believe that people said to have been killed were actually killed where I don’t. Is that a reason to suspect someone of being a disinfo shill? The thing is, it’s not about information, I think we’re agreed on the information, it’s about our interpretation of it. I’ve noticed that when I tell others that certain events have been staged and no one died, some people respond one way, while others another and yet others another way. Some people simply… Read more »

flaxgirl
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Correction. There are video interviews with her but they’re cleverly edited to include shots of Syria or a similar location but that do not include her. The location of the video that does include her does not especially resemble Syria or a Middle Eastern country, it could be a variety of places. In this video, the baby is not convincing at all.

different frank
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different frank

The wall to wall coverage of this story make me a little skeptical of it’s veracity.

flaxgirl
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“A little skeptical.”?? Frank, is there anything at all that makes you suspect it might be true?

flaxgirl
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And where is the evidence of this connected story?
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/isis-austrian-poster-girl-samra-kesinovic-used-as-sex-slave-before-being-murdered-for-trying-to-a6791736.html

Everywhere you look at the connected stories they look completely bogus too. How about this twitter photo of “Sally Jones”. Obviously photoshopped. The extent of these faked connected stories is truly breathtaking.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/isis-british-brides-kadiza-sultana-girls-women-syria-married-death-killed-aqsa-mahmood-islamic-state-a7187751.html

Antonym
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Antonym

Flaxgirl, if you are looking for fake girls look no further than “Jannah” with its 72 eternal virgins ever ready for rape (or grape).
Hundreds of real girls have been found as victims of the UK’s many sex grooming gangs, but we have to be PC about their skin color & culture and those of their rapists specially amongst the blind multi cultists.

Antonym
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Antonym

Ok, “European” girls were serial/ group raped by “Asian” men; being more specific is risky.

Peter Fisher
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Peter Fisher

I think the offer should be made to the Syrian government if they would like to prosecute her. They should at least be given the chance as she may be guilty of crimes in Syria.

Spreading democracy
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Spreading democracy

Given the military, financial and medical support given to the terrorists/extremists/ISIS/rebels by Israel, criticising Shamima Begum or her colleagues constitutes blatant antisemitism.

The terrorists/extremists/ISIS/rebels provided effective execution of the Israeli agenda for Syria. Friends of Israel (Labor and Tories) must unite reward these groups adequately.

Spreading democracy
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Spreading democracy

Using terrorist groups for national interest advancement is a hardcoded into the West’s militaristic and political DNA.

Is work running out in Syria? If so, this person and her colleague can be of immense help to join the US ‘humanitarian support’ aimed for Venezuala.

Antonym
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Antonym

The fact that this Begum is STILL dressed up like a ninja says enough about her.

harry stotle
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harry stotle

Yes, given her choice of clothing its amazing Gav Williamson has not tried to sell a weapons contract to her.

Antonym
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Antonym

The problem with these brown/yellow people is that they just can’t be held accountable for their own actions; they are on par with little children on a playground. And even when they blow themselves up it is not their fault or even their brown/yellow handlers but of US in the West, because bla bla bla bla….

Antzy is a dumb fuck
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Antzy is a dumb fuck

Antzy you dumb fuck

Frankly Speaking
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Frankly Speaking

Come on mods, the name and comment cannot be acceptable surely?

mark
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mark

You mean like the IDF kiddie killers who are brainwashed into gunning down kids with dum dum bullets in Gaza. That’s the problem with these Jew People. They are not responsible for their own actions. They are like children in a school playground. They have been brainwashed by hundreds of years of Talmudic Racist Goy Hatred. It’s not their fault. They scream in pain as they hit you, it’s all the fault of “anti Semitism”, blah, blah, blah.

Antonym
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Antonym

The IDF’s minimum military age is 17; the UK’s armed forces take in at 16. Don’t know Hamas or ISIS minimum age 😉

harry stotle
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harry stotle

‘Strange as it may seem but if you are only 15 years old then you are in fact a child.
Yet even children can see that killing muslims and destroying their cities (for oil) is out of order.

Needless to say the vacuum that arose in the wake of WMD has been an ideal crucible to feed extremism – violent resistance became inevitable not least because the US does not tolerate objections to its geopolitical ambitions (see Venezuela and the Ukraine)

Antonym
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Antonym

Who was destroying Bethnal Green?

DunGroanin
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DunGroanin

Antzy, there are plenty like that in Mayfair and Knightsbridge – driving their supercars or spending their millions in Harrods and these shops that I never could go into.
What do you say about them?

Infact there are other religious folks in Stamford Hill and various such localities dressed according to their religious beliefs.

What do you want to do about them ant?

flaxgirl
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Once again, just like … — Maria Butina (https://off-guardian.org/2018/12/13/maria-butina-endgame/#comment-141136) — Marzieh Hashimi (https://off-guardian.org/2019/01/16/disbelief-magic-realism-and-doublethink-alive-and-well-in-2018/#comment-143776 — Marie Colvin (https://off-guardian.org/2019/01/29/marie-colvin-homs-and-media-falsehoods-about-syria/#comment-145019) … … I think the evidence (and lack of) clearly shows that this story and connected stories are all fabrications and George Osborne knows this full well. So Shamima Begum was found in a Syrian refugee camp by journalist Anthony Loyd? Couldn’t manage a photo? – although apparently he was indeed a war photographer as shown below. Could Anthony have intelligence connections do you think? His wikipedia page says: He went to school for journalism and then went to Bosnia with a vague… Read more »

Martin Usher
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Martin Usher

The giveaway in this story is that there is a strikingly similar one doing the rounds in the US at the moment — young ISIS bride, toddler son and so on. I’m not much of a believer in coincidences; I am at a loss to figure out ‘why’, though. The best I can come up with is a trial balloon to see how the public would react before repatriating everyone else (after all, it doesn’t bode well for the future if you leave your freedom fighters high and dry — even Assad remarked something to that effect recently).

flaxgirl
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The giveaway … yep and there’s more giveaways. The whole thing is a fabrication. I have a comment pending as it contains a lot of links. As I’ve said before, all you have to do with these stories is check Wikipedia which lays it all out in code. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sharmeena_Begum Hallmark: Name spelt in different ways Shamima aka Sharmeena aka Shahima Begum. These three versions do not strike me as different transliterations of an Arabic name but different names. Shamima is simply a different name to Shahima as it is to Sharmeena. Hallmarks: Poor grammar, things don’t add up, Masonic numbers… Read more »

notheonly1
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notheonly1

An old proverb alleges that ‘Good Advice is Expensive’. Fortunately, expensive advice is not necessary in this case. The basic, common sense version will suffice. Although it will require to change the part of governance in which the sovereign has no say whatsoever. It is a question of liability. In order to get the drift, one has to take a moment and ponder what One is generally and categorically liable for. To only mention but a few occasions where one is liable: Damages. Depending on the country in which the damage was done, one will have to pay for the… Read more »

Kathy
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Kathy

There is obviously a greater purpose to the media drawing attention to this particular case. It would seem that plenty have returned with non of this media circus. It is certainly being used to whip up vitriolic fever, and is pushing all the [us and them] buttons. At the same time as this dizzying latest display of double standards. It is also enabling Mr Javid to think up new ways of defining UK citizenship, and setting a new precedent, to withdraw it at whim in future. Of course there is not a word said about whose purposes were being served… Read more »

Tom
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Tom

I am still not convinced the story is substantially true. Listening to Quentin Sommerville waxing lyrical on From Our Own Correspondent today, it all felt too pat. At the very least, the release of the story at this time was calculated to get people riled about something other than Brexit and our thoroughly inept PM.

David Macilwain
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Or to put it another way Tom – I’m more and more convinced that this story is substantially false, and set up by the IS back-up crew to go with the “Siege of the Village of Baghouz”. How could it possibly be that this particular notorious UK school girl turns up in the very last last outpost, where the dregs of those IS fighters transported from Raqqa have turned up? Why was she and how was she just discovered in the refugee camp near Hasakah, by paid TImes correspondent Anthony Loyd? How would anyone know where a girl in black… Read more »

flaxgirl
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Yes, it’s all a complete fabrication. Just go to the Wikipedia pages for Sharmeena aka Shahima aka Shamima Begum and Anthony Loyd and connected stories such as that of Samra Kesinovic. You can tell it’s a massive fabrication.

doyouneedthefix
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doyouneedthefix

A Sick Game…that has a copius supply of puppets to dance it’s scripted show….to lead the unsuspecting veiwer along a road of it’s making. Eaters of time – Corral the mind.

Michael Cromer
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Michael Cromer

Send her to one of the ‘Mind Adjustment’ Camps in either China or North Korea – It’s the least we can do to help her get back on track.

Narrative
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Narrative

Talking about brain washing, there wouldn’t be a better Mind Adjustment camp than confining a person to watching Fox News and reading the Daily Mail.

Frankly Speaking
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Frankly Speaking

…or reading the Guardian and watching the BBC News.

harry stotle
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harry stotle

If you were to ask the average Brit who was the biggest menace to society; a young woman, estranged from her family and who has suffered 2 tragic bereavements and god knows how much psychological damage, or the grinning assassin, most, I suspect, would say Shamima Begum?

On some level it just feels like she is a convenient scapegoat because liberal interventionists are almost never willing confront the consequences of the terrible harms they inflict.

noseBag
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noseBag

You’re right Harry, I was sent a video by my brother-in-law that had Begum cut next to Only Fools and Horses’ Del Boy, the essential message being “burn the witch”. It was so ‘hilarious’ I suspect it went viral. Pretty sick, but when you consider the shite that people are fed constantly, if you can’t be bothered to check things out for yourself then that is probably the opinion you will adopt.

Jen
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Jen

My understanding is that Shamima Begum is one of three girls who attended the same high school (Bethnal Green Academy) and who flew out together to Syria to join ISIS. The very least the British government can do is to find out who recruited these girls at the high school and whether anyone at the school or in the UK education department had an agenda to filter out young people through social media as potential de facto draft soldier cannon folder to fight a proxy war in Syria – and take the blame for hiring such “teachers” and “administrators”. Since… Read more »

Paul
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Paul

The Government should also explain why it did nothing as the British media followed the 3 schoolgirls to Istanbul and watched them board the bus to Syria. 15 year olds who should have been safeguarded. Did we ask the Turks to take them off the bus? No, of course not. It was POLICY to allow fanatic Muslims willing to fight jihad to travel there because they wer3 against the evil socialist secularist Assad and would create mayhem, reducing Syria to a basket case. Job done (or so they thought!).

Antonym
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Antonym

In the Neurenberg trials one of the popular pleas was “Wir haben es nicht gewusst”- we didn’t know about the Final solution for the Jews. This Begum was years in ISIL and had plenty of opportunity to find out what was really going on. She didn’t leave early no, only wants to now at the very end.
Let her be tried and sentenced in Syria in ISIL style – her voluntary chosen environment, where most proof is also available contrary to the UK.

Jen
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Jen

If and when you find yourself in a similar position as Shamima Begum finds herself now, don’t be surprised if you are treated by others in the same way that you would treat the girl.

Antonym
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Antonym

Due to the silence of the grave even Off Guardian ATL & BTL is quiet about the fate of Yazidi women: https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1091794/isis-syria-sas-troops-baghuz-yazidi-sex-slaves-beheaded
Who cares, they were non-Muslims, just like those British low class girls in the rape gangs non event.
More important, some “Zionist” just farted!!

mark
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mark

Murder, mayhem, slaughter, cannibalism, rape, torture, slavery, organ trafficking, all grist to the mill in the Greater Zionist Project Oden Plan to balkanise and destroy all the countries of the Middle East. All standard pages out of the Zionist Playbook. With all the bought and paid for 30 shekel whores in the US obligingly supplying the dumb goy muscle.

“This is what we do to countries that we hate. We destroy them very slowly and make them suffer for refusing to be our slaves.” Netanyahu.

Archie1954
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Archie1954

The mainstream press is totally dishonest. They are insidious in the way they propagandize and brain wash the public. Having read so many articles, where controversial matters are glossed over as foregone conclusions, while discussing something else, I know of what I speak. Just a small for instance: while discussing Ukraine economic problems, the MSM will stick in a statement such as, “after Russia invaded Crimea”? Excuse me! We all know that there was no invasion and that any Russian military located within Crimea, were attached to the Russian military base legally located there. We also know that the re-connection… Read more »

Frankly Speaking
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Frankly Speaking

The ES (Establishment Standard) is simply not worth the paper it’s printed on. Neither is it’s cousin the Guardian Of The Establishment.

lundiel
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Personally, I don’t want her back. If reports are true, her whole family should be joining her. However, I realise my opinion is just that and in law we have no choice but to accept her. I think Jeremy Corbyn was right in his assessment, but he played into the hands of right wingers by not giving sufficient detail Re; the legal aspect and the history of the Syrian intervention and Britain’s role in supporting terrorists. For me, the whole thing started with the Libyan regime change instigated by America, France and the Tory government. The thinking at the time… Read more »

Potato Head
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Potato Head

Yet we must suffer you!

Paul
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Paul

How do other countries deal with the issue? Apparently (I rely on the media) the Dutch have them back, both sexes and subject them to ‘de-radicalisation’ against a background of surveillance and long terms of imprisonment. They are said to argue they don’t want an ever expanding body of armed Dutch jihadists turning up in Nigeria – or Amsterdam! Far too expensive and electorally painful say the Brits who seem incapable of seeing forward more than a week or so. It’s said the Russians have Soecial Forces touring the refugee camps looking out for Russian speakers, particularly children. They are… Read more »