DAN WOOTTON: Shamima Begum must deal with consequences of her actions

DAN WOOTTON: Lefties want you to think banning ISIS bride Shamima Begum from Britain is racist. But she’s an evil, lying terrorist who must deal with the consequences of her actions and never step foot in the country again

I don’t give a flying fig about the colour of Shamima Begum’s eyes or skin.

But what I do know is that if I were to stare into her oculus of evil, I would see a despicable ISIS defector who expressed no remorse for the Manchester Arena bombing that killed eight-year-old Saffie-Rose Roussos and 21 other innocents.

I have no doubt Begum is a knowing traitor who fled Bethnal Green willingly in a calculated strategy to act as a member of the Islamic State’s morality police, carrying a Kalashnikov rifle and ensuring women stuck to their barbaric rules while helping to sew suicide vests for the male jihadists.

And, as a result, the 23-year-old ISIS bride must never step foot in our country again.

In fact, she should be held up as the ultimate lesson to any British youngster thinking of joining a death cult that this is not some sort of flight of fancy, but a life sentence.

If Begum has to rot in Al-Roj camp in northeast Syria because Bangladesh, where she can also apply for citizenship, won’t have her either, then so be it.

The Home Office and MI5 long ago concluded she remains a serious security threat and the time has come for the courts to accept that rationale and move on.

But leftie lawyers acting on her behalf this week are attempting to make a new argument to the Special Immigration Appeals Commission that Begum was sex trafficked for the purposes of exploitation in 2015, coinciding with a new PR campaign to suggest she was a victim of racism as a child.

In the British broadcast media and political establishment dominated by bleeding heart liberals who believe it’s somehow not appropriate to send back to their country of origin illegal economic migrants arriving via the Channel on small boats operated by people smuggling gangs, a new narrative is emerging about why Begum ­– who now presents herself as an Avril Lavigne-style western skater girl – must be allowed to return here.

Andrew Drury has been a faithful part of the Begum PR campaign for the past two years. But, having heard about her lawyers’ sex trafficking claim, he’s finally turned on Begum, realising she is an accomplished liar

Far left commentator Marina Purkiss told Jeremy Vine this week: ‘If Shamima was a 15-year-old white girl with blue eyes who had been groomed in this way we wouldn’t be having this conversation.’

Of course, not only is that total nonsense, given we also stripped the very white Jihadi Jack Letts of his British citizenship, it’s also doing the PR bidding of Begum who has finally realised she can win over the woke west with woeful stories of victimhood.

That’s why, in a newly released interview that I played on my GB News show last night, Begum told the journalist Andrew Drury that she ‘faced racism’ at primary school, where she claims she experienced a teacher giving ‘favouritism to white kids’ when she was seven or eight-years-old.

Even if we give Begum the benefit of the doubt, the idea that a sole experience of discrimination at an East London school somehow provides an excuse for defecting to ISIS is risible.

Drury has been a faithful part of the Begum PR campaign for the past two years.

But, having heard about her lawyers’ sex trafficking claim, he’s finally turned on Begum, realising she is an accomplished liar.

He told me: ‘I’ve spent hours and hours interviewing her. I’ve investigated her story for years. And in the beginning, yes, I was sucked in by her telling me that she was a victim who had been radicalised.

‘But I’m so shocked about these sex trafficking claims because in all the times I’ve spoken to her she has never once mentioned it. There was no sex trafficking and radicalisation never took place. She sought a life with ISIS. She looked for it.’

In a newly released interview that I played on my GB News show last night, Begum told the journalist Andrew Drury that she ‘faced racism’ at primary school

Drury believes Begum is being fed information to try and transform her image and public statements, hence the dramatic makeover to suggest she has re-embraced western values.

The reality is that Begum only wants to be considered a victim now that she’s realised the British government is serious about stripping her citizenship and keeping her out for good.

If the caliphate hadn’t failed, it’s likely she would have continued supporting the ISIS campaign of terror against the UK.

When she fled to join the terrorist group, they were already committing abhorrent acts of violence, including filmed beheadings, burnings and drownings, of anyone western.

While I feel desperately sorry for the Begum family, especially her mother Asma whose witness statement revealed the personal hell of Shamima fleeing, the teenage Straight-A student knew exactly what she was doing when she left the country to join ISIS.

Sir James Eadie KC, representing the Home Office, said she went to Syria ‘with her eyes open’ about the brutality of the terrorist organisation.

I have no doubt Begum is a knowing traitor who fled Bethnal Green willingly in a calculated strategy to act as a member of the Islamic State’s morality police

He added: ‘She travelled for the purpose of aligning with Isil and once in Syria she did align with Isil. The ideology of Isil and their uncompromising brutality had been widely covered in the media.’

Begum didn’t regret her mission one bit until the death cult was close to destroyed.

And even when she made her first media appeal to return to the UK from the camp, she refused to condemn the actions of her Islamic State leaders, which included, by that point, the mass slaughter of Britons.

If she’s allowed to return, Begum would likely face a paltry prison sentence, with authorities admitting it would be impossible to collect evidence to put her on trial.

The thought of her on the streets of the UK again, providing a walking talking billboard of the lack of consequences for becoming a terrorist, makes me feel sick.

Shamima Begum is a traitor to this country and must never be allowed back.

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