The past few days there is the news of three young Muslim school girls (two are 15 and one is 16) who have disapeared from home and may be on the way to Syria.
There are pleas for their return and not to go to Syria.
Ignoring the whole craziness of them going to ISIS lands, there is a question of how it happened and how will they be treated if they return.
We know from past experience that many who went to Syria, maybe with good intentions, got caught up in the violence are returned to the UK because they disagreed with the militant groups have been arrested, convicted and imprisoned with long prison sentences. People who have carried out promotion for ISIS on social media are also given long sentences.
On the other hand there are multiple cases where non Muslims who have actively prepared and trained to carry out mass killings that have been released because in this case the jury could not confirm the intentions were to actually carry out the attacks that were being prepared and planned (and in previous cases the individuals were not even charged under anti terrorism legislation).
There are also cases of other young radicalised men and women going to the middle east to carry out terrorist attrocities where no one bats an eyelid - they are not Muslims.
If these girls do not go to Syria (the link to Syria so far is a friend that reportedly did go to Syria), how will they be treated upon their return?
Will they be treated as the young girls they are or as hardened terrorists made out to be a threat to the UK and its citizens?