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Being Alone, America, and Arguing: Atlantic Popular Latest SectionsMagazine More Subscribe IDEAS Don't Strip ISIS Fighters of Citizenship Shamima Begum and Hoda Muthana are products of their own societies-they can't just be disowned EB 25, 201 Graeme Wood wri t The Atlan MORE BY GRAEME WOOD Will John Bolton Bring on rmageddon-Or Stave It Off? GRAEME WOOD The Two Amy Klobuchars GRAEME WOOD The Vatican and the Gulf Have a Common Enemy GRAEME WOOD Jamal Khashoggi?s rder Remains a Renu Begum, the sister of Shamima Begum, holds a photo of her sister. (REUTERS) ery GRAEME WOOD In October 1959, Lee Harvey Oswald presented himself to the U.S. consul in Moscow and attempted, without success, to rid himself of his U.S. citizenship. The Warren Commission Report describes his frustration: First he told the consul, Richard E. Snyder, that he wanted to give up his citizenship. The consul refused to accept his declaration, so Oswald picked up a pen and put it in writing. To remove doubt, he added that he intended to defect to the Soviet Union and pass along secrets he had learned during his service as a U.S marine. Denied again, he wrote to the consul days later, protesting the deprivation of his "legal right" to stop being American. To him, being American was a disease, and his government was withholding the cure har Tweet Email Two women, Shamima Begum of the United Kingdom and Hoda Muthana of the U.S., recently discovered that the cure is worse than the disease. Both had traveled to join the Islamic State (Begum at 15 and Muthana at 2o), and upon arrival urged others to follow them or to kill random people at home. A common ritual among travelers to Islamic State territory is a bonfire of passports, symbolizing the shedding of their former nationality. Muthana appears to have burned hers, and both women left little doubt that they intended, like Oswald, to leave their countries and betray them to an enemy state. Kurdish forces are now holding them captive, and they both want to go home. On Tuesday, the U.K. informed Begum that it had revoked her citizenship. The next day, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that Muthana, too, is someone else's problem. He declared that she was never a citizen to begin with because she was born in the United States while her father was here as a Yemeni diplomat, and children born to diplomats cannot claim birthright American citizenship. (Muthana's family claims that the father had left diplomatic service when she was born, and that they gave the Obama administration proof of that when first confronted with this argument in 2016.) The upshot for both women, now marooned in the Syrian desert, is that they are alone and have very grim futures. How easy should it be to give up your citizenship? In the era of Oswald, it could be difficult-like joining aspirants until they kneel in the snow for a few days outside the monastery or consulate's doors. Now a U.S. citizen can stop being American with a single visit to a consulate. (Most renounce not for ideological reasons but to avoid the complications of living as an American expatriate, subject to dual taxation and bureaucratic requirements far more onerous than for expatriates of almost any other country.) an especially se lective monastic order that turns away But to argue that these women have given up their citizenship through informal means-by tweeting ghoulishly, burning a passport, or joining a terrorist group is still a novelty and, according to an emerging consensus, a bad idea. Most terrorism experts seem to agree that stripping the citizenship of ISIS fighters is either imprudent or illegal or both A worthless traitor in the media blames America for other worthless traitors in ISIS, and tells us to let them in.
Being Alone, America, and Arguing: Atlantic
 Popular
 Latest
 SectionsMagazine More Subscribe
 IDEAS
 Don't Strip ISIS Fighters of Citizenship
 Shamima Begum and Hoda Muthana are products of their own societies-they can't just be disowned
 EB 25, 201
 Graeme Wood
 wri
 t The Atlan
 MORE BY GRAEME WOOD
 Will John Bolton Bring on
 rmageddon-Or Stave It
 Off?
 GRAEME WOOD
 The Two Amy Klobuchars
 GRAEME WOOD
 The Vatican and the Gulf
 Have a Common Enemy
 GRAEME WOOD
 Jamal Khashoggi?s
 rder Remains a
 Renu Begum, the sister of Shamima Begum, holds a photo of her sister. (REUTERS)
 ery
 GRAEME WOOD
 In October 1959, Lee Harvey Oswald presented himself to the U.S. consul in
 Moscow and attempted, without success, to rid himself of his U.S. citizenship.
 The Warren Commission Report describes his frustration: First he told the
 consul, Richard E. Snyder, that he wanted to give up his citizenship. The consul
 refused to accept his declaration, so Oswald picked up a pen and put it in
 writing. To remove doubt, he added that he intended to defect to the Soviet
 Union and pass along secrets he had learned during his service as a U.S
 marine. Denied again, he wrote to the consul days later, protesting the
 deprivation of his "legal right" to stop being American. To him, being
 American was a disease, and his government was withholding the cure
 har
 Tweet
 Email
 Two women, Shamima Begum of the United Kingdom and Hoda Muthana of
 the U.S., recently discovered that the cure is worse than the disease. Both had
 traveled to join the Islamic State (Begum at 15 and Muthana at 2o), and upon
 arrival urged others to follow them or to kill random people at home. A
 common ritual among travelers to Islamic State territory is a bonfire of
 passports, symbolizing the shedding of their former nationality. Muthana
 appears to have burned hers, and both women left little doubt that they
 intended, like Oswald, to leave their countries and betray them to an enemy
 state.
 Kurdish forces are now holding them captive, and they both want to go home.
 On Tuesday, the U.K. informed Begum that it had revoked her citizenship. The
 next day, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that Muthana, too, is someone
 else's problem. He declared that she was never a citizen to begin with because
 she was born in the United States while her father was here as a Yemeni
 diplomat, and children born to diplomats cannot claim birthright American
 citizenship. (Muthana's family claims that the father had left diplomatic service
 when she was born, and that they gave the Obama administration proof of that
 when first confronted with this argument in 2016.) The upshot for both women,
 now marooned in the Syrian desert, is that they are alone and have very grim
 futures.
 How easy should it be to give up your citizenship? In the era of Oswald, it could
 be difficult-like joining
 aspirants until they kneel in the snow for a few days outside the monastery or
 consulate's doors. Now a U.S. citizen can stop being American with a single
 visit to a consulate. (Most renounce not for ideological reasons but to avoid the
 complications of living as an American expatriate, subject to dual taxation and
 bureaucratic requirements far more onerous than for expatriates of almost any
 other country.)
 an especially se
 lective monastic order that turns away
 But to argue that these women have given up their citizenship through informal
 means-by tweeting ghoulishly, burning a passport, or joining a terrorist group
 is still a novelty and, according to an emerging consensus, a bad idea. Most
 terrorism experts seem to agree that stripping the citizenship of ISIS fighters is
 either imprudent or illegal or both
A worthless traitor in the media blames America for other worthless traitors in ISIS, and tells us to let them in.

A worthless traitor in the media blames America for other worthless traitors in ISIS, and tells us to let them in.

England, Food, and Isis: te s, PM told ale of damage no-deal conomy, security and default overshadows may have had in our the EU. We must put rule no-deal out bbed off" until March We have given the f the doubt twice." The She must rule out no- unequivocally or it will t ministers are consider ip fund" for a no-deal s protections for parts of Marked success The Duke and Duchess of Sussex in Morocco yesterday. She was given a henna tattoo on a visit to a schoo geographically vulnera- in the Atlas mountains. Samira Ouaadi, 17, who painted the flowers, sald they would bring luck for the couple's baby. Page7 ortages and the sourcing food for schools, prisons y lefties make a better fist of fighting ul ouncil, heaped further rs May by making clear ers would not meet to ap- Tom Whipple Science Editor deal until she had already with an idea known as the "fighting Past attempts to explore the linlk hypothesis". Evolutionary theory between left-handedness and fighting have found that more boxers are left which as well as being an inconven- handed than in the population at large ajority, meaning Left-handed people have to negotiate a would suggest that being left-hand te in parliament will take worl nounced the new time status. including Mr Tusk andIn fact the unorthodox fighting style that adv rld designed for righties, where But on the plus side, they can be of a lefty might explain why the trait ex- time t formal appro val from the every pair of scissors and secateurs is an ience is associated with mental illness, but not that they should be eliminat confers some other advantage ed -unless it also more sophisticated rankingsystem that awkward reminder of their minority took account of the strength of their The fighting hypothesis posits that opponents, the paper in the journal antage is in fights. If most of the BioRxiv not only showed that fighters le only face right-handed were disproportionately left-handed- is- proportionately well. According to Mr ardson, this showed that the mar It is something that fighters have tial spirit of the world's lefties could also instinctively understood, from south- be their raison d'etre. "The reason we an lew to Egypt for talks with pretty handy in a fight. kel, the German chancellor ists at all and has not been weeded out opponents, that means that left but also that the out any breakthroug uestion of how to limit the of the human population, according to hande op at the joint summit with scientists at Manchester University rs May said that negotia- of 9,800 boxers and mixed martial arts ea lresume in Brussels tomor- fighters found that left-handers p legally binding changes to seemed to have a small but consistent winner Manny Pacquiao h and so win more fights. paws such as the multiple world title- tised on the basis of being left-handed. e. have left-handed people may be that it to the Roman provided our ancestors with an advan - tage in fighting" he said. awal agreement to prevent advantage. Thomas Richardson, from gladiators who were specifically adve Ready to the research team, said that this fitted IN THE NEWS Isis teenager's regret Venezuela blocks aid |Bank fails on pay gap Shamima Begum, the teenager The Maduro regime in who joined Isis in Syria, has aid she regrets talking to the military intervention after media, believing that she has troops blocked humanitarian pledge by its governor to raise Runway distracti arges ting the case of Heathrow's new runway 41-year-old more accidents because of Venezuela may face outsideBank of England has widened s in the past year despite a ter Manchester drivers being distracted by uburb. Page 5 Highways England. Page 6 en made an example of by aid in violent stand-offs at thet the British government. Page 13 country's borders. Page 32 he number of women in the most senior roles. Page 39 aircraft landing, according An interesting (slightly misleading) headline
England, Food, and Isis: te
 s, PM told
 ale of damage no-deal
 conomy, security and
 default overshadows
 may have had in our
 the EU. We must put
 rule no-deal out
 bbed off" until March
 We have given the
 f the doubt twice." The
 She must rule out no-
 unequivocally or it will
 t ministers are consider
 ip fund" for a no-deal
 s protections for parts of Marked success The Duke and Duchess of Sussex in Morocco yesterday. She was given a henna tattoo on a visit to a schoo
 geographically vulnera- in the Atlas mountains. Samira Ouaadi, 17, who painted the flowers, sald they would bring luck for the couple's baby. Page7
 ortages and the sourcing
 food for schools, prisons
 y lefties make a better fist of fighting
 ul
 ouncil, heaped further
 rs May by making clear
 ers would not meet to ap- Tom Whipple Science Editor
 deal until she had already
 with an idea known as the "fighting Past attempts to explore the linlk
 hypothesis". Evolutionary theory between left-handedness and fighting
 have found that more boxers are left
 which as well as being an inconven- handed than in the population at large
 ajority, meaning Left-handed people have to negotiate a would suggest that being left-hand
 te in parliament will take worl
 nounced the new time status.
 including Mr Tusk andIn fact the unorthodox fighting style that adv
 rld designed for righties, where
 But on the plus side, they can be
 of a lefty might explain why the trait ex- time
 t formal appro
 val from the every pair of scissors and secateurs is an ience is associated with mental illness, but not that they
 should be eliminat
 confers some other advantage
 ed -unless it also more sophisticated rankingsystem that
 awkward reminder of their minority
 took account of the strength of their
 The fighting hypothesis posits that opponents, the paper in the journal
 antage is in fights. If most of the BioRxiv not only showed that fighters
 le only face right-handed were disproportionately left-handed-
 is-
 proportionately well. According to Mr
 ardson, this showed that the mar
 It is something that fighters have tial spirit of the world's lefties could also
 instinctively understood, from south- be their raison d'etre. "The reason we
 an
 lew to Egypt for talks with pretty handy in a fight.
 kel, the German chancellor
 ists at all and has not been weeded out
 opponents, that means that left but also that the
 out any breakthroug
 uestion of how to limit the of the human population, according to hande
 op at the joint summit with scientists at Manchester University
 rs May said that negotia- of 9,800 boxers and mixed martial arts
 ea
 lresume in Brussels tomor- fighters found that left-handers p
 legally binding changes to seemed to have a small but consistent winner Manny Pacquiao
 h
 and so win more fights.
 paws such as the multiple world title-
 tised on the basis of being left-handed.
 e.
 have left-handed
 people may be that it
 to the Roman
 provided our ancestors with an advan
 - tage in fighting" he said.
 awal agreement to prevent advantage. Thomas Richardson, from gladiators who were specifically adve
 Ready to
 the research team, said that this fitted
 IN THE NEWS
 Isis teenager's regret Venezuela blocks aid |Bank fails on pay gap
 Shamima Begum, the teenager The Maduro regime in
 who joined Isis in Syria, has
 aid she regrets talking to the military intervention after
 media, believing that she has troops blocked humanitarian pledge by its governor to raise
 Runway distracti
 arges
 ting the case of Heathrow's new runway
 41-year-old more accidents because of
 Venezuela may face outsideBank of England has widened
 s
 in the past year despite a
 ter Manchester drivers being distracted by
 uburb. Page 5 Highways England. Page 6
 en made an example of by aid in violent stand-offs at thet
 the British government. Page 13 country's borders. Page 32
 he number of women in the
 most senior roles. Page 39
 aircraft landing, according
An interesting (slightly misleading) headline

An interesting (slightly misleading) headline

Allahu Akbar, Bitch, and Fucking: I don't like you Shamima Very personal cunt And I must go all out Just this once Britain or Isis whichever wil it be Sit the fuck down Shamima I'm here to spill the real beans You're trying to get back into Britain little bitch But you're lsis bride you lose So for you it ain't a cynch When we're through with you we're gonna be completely fucking done Cause we've only just begun We all loathe vou Scumbag By bitch gone So come on Shamima No remorse for those who have died Here let us ban the bitch isis bride Bitch Isis bride Bitch Isis bride Shamima ain't nothin but a bitch isis bride Bitch Isis bride Bitch Isis bride Look at Shamima doesn't care about her momma Bitch Isis bride Bitch Isis bride Shamima ain't nothin but a bitch Isis bride Bitch Isis bride Bitch Isis bride Shamima banned from Britain now she gonna cry So why do you see heads And it don't even phase you The fact that we have human rights really does amaze you oof You were treated as an equal when part of our nation but Syria only wants to use you for fornication oops I'm not a threat what the fuck is that even supposed to mean You have no issue with a bombing or an execution scene Allahu, Allahu, Allahu, Akbar Now never come to Britain and let's throw a fucking party with no Bitch Isis bride Bitch Isis bride Look at Shamima doesn't care about her momma Bitch Isis bride Bitch Isis bride Shamima ain't nothin but a bitch isis bride Bitch Isis bride Bitch Isis bride Shamima banned from Britain now she gonna cry Bitch Isis bride Bitch Isis bride Shamima ain't nothin but a bitch Isis bride You say you're willing to change your views and rehabilitate But you have no regrets so why on earth should we accomadate LIAR! So I made a Shamima Begum version of Bitch Lasagna
Allahu Akbar, Bitch, and Fucking: I don't like you Shamima
 Very personal cunt
 And I must go all out
 Just this once
 Britain or Isis whichever wil it be
 Sit the fuck down Shamima I'm here to spill the real beans
 You're trying to get back into Britain little bitch
 But you're lsis bride you lose
 So for you it ain't a cynch
 When we're through with you we're gonna be completely fucking done
 Cause we've only just begun
 We all loathe vou
 Scumbag
 By bitch gone
 So come on Shamima
 No remorse for those who have died
 Here let us ban the bitch isis bride
 Bitch Isis bride
 Bitch Isis bride
 Shamima ain't nothin but a bitch isis bride
 Bitch Isis bride
 Bitch Isis bride
 Look at Shamima doesn't care about her momma
 Bitch Isis bride
 Bitch Isis bride
 Shamima ain't nothin but a bitch Isis bride
 Bitch Isis bride
 Bitch Isis bride
 Shamima banned from Britain now she gonna cry
 So why do you see heads
 And it don't even phase you
 The fact that we have human rights really does amaze you
 oof
 You were treated as an equal when part of our nation but
 Syria only wants to use you for fornication
 oops
 I'm not a threat what the fuck is that even supposed to mean
 You have no issue with a bombing or an execution scene
 Allahu, Allahu, Allahu, Akbar
 Now never come to Britain and let's throw a fucking party with no
 Bitch Isis bride
 Bitch Isis bride
 Look at Shamima doesn't care about her momma
 Bitch Isis bride
 Bitch Isis bride
 Shamima ain't nothin but a bitch isis bride
 Bitch Isis bride
 Bitch Isis bride
 Shamima banned from Britain now she gonna cry
 Bitch Isis bride
 Bitch Isis bride
 Shamima ain't nothin but a bitch Isis bride
 You say you're willing to change your views and rehabilitate
 But you have no regrets so why on earth should we accomadate
 LIAR!
So I made a Shamima Begum version of Bitch Lasagna

So I made a Shamima Begum version of Bitch Lasagna