British citizenship is not compatible with fighting for the Taliban regime

31 October 2001

One of the more unexpected consequences of the terrorist atrocities of 11
September is that we should now find ourselves debating the merits of charging
British citizens with treason. Yet the claim that two more young British Muslim
men have died fighting for the Taliban against Allied armed forces has propelled
this archaic corner of the law into the centre of political debate. That brings
the reported death toll to five; we cannot know how many more will die in the
battlefields of Afghanistan before this conflict is over. Other young men will
survive unscathed and want to return to their homes in Birmingham, Bradford or
Luton. So there is a difficult question to resolve: what should be done with
these young men.