Sunday, July 12, 2015

'Let Jihadis go to Syria... just never let them back', says war veteran

Falklands vet says IS are no better than Hitler while former foreign office minister Kim Howells dubs them "the new Nazis".
(Wales Online) War veteran Simon Weston has urged the government to let homegrown Jihadis go to Syria but declared: “Just don’t let them come back.”

The 53-year-old spoke out after Isis supporter Syed Choudhury appeared at the Old Bailey last week following his declaration he “would do anything” to get to Syria.

Choudhury, 19, who left his home in Bradford to study in Cardiff, pleaded guilty to preparing acts of terrorism.

He will have to spend half of his three years and four months sentence in a young offender institution before being released on licence.

The Old Bailey heard how the teenager, who was living in a bedsit in Allerton Street in Grangetown, had been radicalised by people he regarded as elders.

He had ranted to officers about Sharia law saying he wanted to be the one to bring it to the UK and the only reason he hadn’t yet gone to Syria was because he had not found anyone he trusted to go with.

Mr Weston, who was severely burned after his ship Sir Galahad was bombed in the Falklands War, said: “If they want to go we should not stop them.

“Whatever happened to freedom of movement? What right have we got to stop people who have not committed a crime?

“I don’t see why we should be spending lots of money and time on this. But once they go, that’s it. They’ve made a choice.

“They’ve joined something illegal. If that is what they want to do they should never be allowed back.”