That at least is the complaint being made, that the remaining pair of the “Beatles” who fought for Islamic State think it is unfair that they lost their UK citizenship as a result.
The men were allegedly among four British jihadis who made up the ISIS cell nicknamed “The Beatles” by surviving captives because of their English accents. The cell became known for its brutality, holding in captivity more than 20 Western hostages, and torturing and killing several, including American, British and Japanese journalists and aid workers, in 2014 and 2015.
Just losing citizenship strikes me as a rather mild punishment for that. Although of course that’s not what they did lose it for. Rather, taking up arms with enemies of the Queen, that’s the reason for the no passport rule.
In an interview with Associated Press from northern Syria, Elsheikh said the “illegal” withdrawal of their UK citizenship put them at risk of “rendition and torture”.
“Being taken to any foreign land and treated in any way and having nobody to vouch for you,” he said.
“When you have these two guys who don’t even have any citizenship… if we just disappear one day, where is my mum going to go and say where is my son?”
It’s at about this point that I’ll say that those who live by the sword will and should die by it.
There’s an entirely reasonable argument that they shouldn’t be taken out around the back and chainsawed to death just yet. We are better than that, we do indeed think they should have a fair and full trial. No, not just first, but to see whether they were or are guilty of those murders. However, they’re not doubting that they were part of Isis at all and the revocation of citizenship is dependent upon that and that alone. So, that part of the punishment is fair enough.
But enough of being serious about this, the torturers are claiming their human rights have been violated. The correct response is a hearty guffaw.