In situations like this, I enjoy playing devil’s advocate because I’m of the belief that no person should ever face a lifetime of punishment for something they did as a juvenile unless it was something extraordinarily serious. And by extraordinarily serious, I mean something along the lines of premeditated murder.

That said, I can’t do it here because I’ve listened to what she’s had to say and familiarized myself with her story, and it seems overwhelmingly evident to me that she doesn’t have a remorseful bone anywhere in her body. She doesn’t regret having run off to join ISIS; she regrets not being able to take care of her son. The latter is noble enough, and I’d be happy to see the government accept her son into the country as a refugee and place him with a non-terrorist relative. But her? I don’t think so. Her insincerity renders her too much of a genuine threat to the country. Plus, there’s a reasonably good chance that someone would take matters into their own hands and end her life. Either way, I don’t see a happy ending if she’s allowed to return.

Outer space enthusiast. Japanese history junkie. I write about politics, culture, and mental illness. Disagreement is a precursor to progress.

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