Lukanyo Mnyanda’s column about the Islamic State bride, Shamima Begum “Islamic State bride raises moral dilemma” (March 4) in fact raises no moral conundrum at all. Frankly, all countries have a duty to protect their citizens, especially from terrorists. Shamima Begum nailed her colours to the mast when she opted to join the Islamic terrorist group at age 15. She is also not contrite. Now, in a media interview, “the Isis bride wants to have a baby on the NHS” (the UK’s national health service). How impertinent. Or as the British would say, “bloody cheek”. British home secretary Sajid Javid who is upwardly mobile toward Prime Minister Theresa May’s seat in Parliament, stripped Begum of her citizenship, and quite rightly so. Mnyanda miscalculates Javid’s actions when he says “with that act, Javid has just created a second class of citizenship, which can be stripped away on the whim of future home secretaries”. Clearly, Javid acted in this way in a matter which exhibited extreme sympto...

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