Europe Should Take Back Foreign Fighters
If the Arab world explodes, the shrapnel falls as far as London, Paris, and Brussels.
Without the war in Syria and the chaos in Libya there would not have been 1m refugees coming to Europe in 2015.
Whoever thinks that with the so-called ‘defeat’ of ISIS in Syria and Iraq stability will return to the Middle East should think again.
It will not be difficult for wandering ISIS fighters to find a new battleground in the near future. This is why we should take every opportunity to make this group smaller.
US president Donald Trump has asked “Britain, France, Germany and other European allies to take back over 800 ISIS fighters that we captured”.
That will not be easy and it will cost money. We have to put them on trial and hold them in high-security jails.
Most of them will not, like Qassem, become defenders of a democratic, rules-based society. But if we, by taking people back, can weaken or even avoid a new Al Qaeda or a new ISIS, then this is the only reasonable option we have.
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