I was reading this article (in English) from the Netherlands. For those who do not want to read the article, it is about comments by the prime minister of the Netherlands, Mark Rutte, that Dutch fighters who join ISIS are better dead than returning to the Netherlands. According to the article he received criticism from the leader of D66, an opposition party, saying that these fighters should face persecution and the rule of law in the Netherlands.
I wanted to know what DebatePolitics thinks, are western fighters for ISIS better of dead in the Middle East or should they face persecution back home? I can personally understand both positions and am torn between them.During the debate, D66 leader Alexander Pechtold said he was shocked by the prime minister’s position. ‘I think as prime minister you should put the rule of law first, but you are saying “go and die in the desert rather than face your responsibilities in court”,’ Pechtold said. Rutte retaliated by saying that ‘people who go there know what they are part of’. ‘The only aim is to kill as many people as possible. Those people will soon be back to carry out attacks here as well. As prime minister, I am here to protect our people.’
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