For some reason, NBC News thought it was very important to feature the plight of Hoda Muthana last week. Muthana, a U.S.-born woman who joined the Islamic State in 2014, insists that her life is miserable as she tried to eke out an existence in a Syrian refugee camp with her young child. She’s asking President Donald Trump to give her a “second chance,” let her come back to the United States, and put her terrorist ways behind her.
While living in Alabama, Muthana – the daughter of a Yemeni diplomat who was allowed to remain in the U.S. due to the ongoing war in his home country – became fascinated by ISIS ideology. She showed her appreciation for her host country by using her college tuition funds to make her way to jihadist-held territory in Syria.
One can only imagine what Muthana thought she would be doing over there in ISIS-World, but she probably didn’t expect to be stripped of her cell phone and locked in barracks where she could await being auctioned off as a bride for a jihadist. That’s what happened, though, and she eventually married Suhan Rahman, a terrorist from Australia.
Around this time, Muthana began using her new Twitter account to call on would-be terrorists to carry out attacks on U.S. civilians. She also encouraged young Americans looking for meaning in their lives to drop everything, travel to the Middle East, and join her in the ISIS cause.
These days, Muthana claims that she didn’t run the Twitter account and that other jihadists wrote those damning tweets. You can decide for yourself whether or not you believe that, but we’re not sure it makes much difference either way. Once you decide that you’re going to join a terrorist group and take up arms – literally or potentially – against the United States, we’re done with you.
You’re alive. That’s all the “second chance” you deserve.
“Anyone that believes in God believes that everyone deserves a second chance, no matter how harmful their sins were,” Muthana told NBC.
Well, like we said – you’re getting one. We didn’t throw you in a prison camp and throw away the key. We didn’t hang you for war crimes. We allowed you to live your life. There’s no reason we should be so stupid as to allow you to come home to Alabama and carry on with the Western lifestyle you so willingly turned your back on.
“I have instructed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and he fully agrees, not to allow Hoda Muthana back into the Country!” President Trump tweeted in February.
That’s all that needs to be said, surely.