Opinion ISIS and Denial: We British Muslims Still Aren’t Facing Up to Islamist Radicalization

Shamima Begum, a British teenager, joined ISIS; now, she wants to come home. Can she, and other extremists, really be deradicalized? Why do so many U.K. Muslims still respond to the threat of toxic homegrown Islamists with appeasement or denial?

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In February 2015, three teenage schoolmates left their homes in London’s Bethnal Green neighborhood and boarded a plane to Turkey. From there they made their way to Syria, and joined ISIS.