Yes, the Isis recruit is unrepentant. But at times like this we have to remember our own values
Shamima Begum, who achieved notoriety in 2015 as one of three young schoolgirls from Bethnal Green who left the country to join Islamic State, has re-emerged in a refugee camp controlled by the Syrian Defence Forces in north-eastern Syria. Understandably, given her situation – she is about to give birth and has already lost two children – she would like to get home. But where is home, and what does home mean?
By her account, as reported in The Times, she enjoyed living under Isis control, even as it beheaded its enemies and left their remains for all to see. She was married to a Dutch member of the group who was presumably fighting for the cause, and she was ready to bear children who could follow in his footsteps to the frontline. She appeared therefore not only to have abandoned her family but also to have firmly rejected the broader society in which she grew up.