Around a dozen of Finnish women and nearly 40 children are currently stranded at al-Hol camp in northeastern Syria. Their fate has become an important test for Finland's new, women-dominated government.
The Finnish left-of-the-centre government led by the Social Democrats has decided to bring home the children of Daesh terrorists from Kurdish-run al-Hol camp in Syria "as soon as possible", the newspaper Hufvudstadsbladet reported.
In its decision, the Finnish government stressed that the authorities should at all time ensure compliance with Finnish law and international law. The decisions on whether to bring Daesh children back to Finland will be made on a case-by-case basis. The stated goal is to always ensure the best interests of the child. A special representative appointed by the Foreign Ministry will oversee the process.
The government pledged to do everything in its power to ensure that those returned to Finland do not pose any security threats to Finland's residents. Under the constitution, the safety of those living in Finland must not be jeopardised. However, the government will review and amend the legislation on terrorist activities, if necessary.
Fate of Daesh Detainees Hot-Button Issue in Finland
The fate of 11 Finnish women and 39 children stranded in al-Hol sparked a hot debate in Finland. While national broadcaster Yle last week reported, citing leaked official documents, that Marin’s government had actually prepared a plan to bring back “all individuals who agreed to repatriation”, the foreign minister Pekka Haavisto denied the existence of such a plan. Later, Finland's newly appointed Finance Minister Katri Kulmuni added fuel to the fire by running an Instagram poll on what to do with the jihadi wives left in Syria after the collapse of the “caliphate”. Following the backlash, she deleted the poll and apologised.
A similar situation happened last year in Spain where they threw open their borders to migrants after their prime minister appointed a majority female cabinet.
We all know what happened in Germany under Angela Merkel.
In other news, Barack Hussein Obama told a conference in Singapore that women are "indisputably better" than men and should run all governments and the entire world.
Speaking at a private event on leadership, Mr Obama said while in office he had mused what a world run by women would look like.
"Now women, I just want you to know; you are not perfect, but what I can say pretty indisputably is that you're better than us [men].
"I'm absolutely confident that for two years if every nation on earth was run by women, you would see a significant improvement across the board on just about everything... living standards and outcomes."
When asked if he would ever consider going back into political leadership, he said he believed in leaders stepping aside when the time came.
"If you look at the world and look at the problems it's usually old people, usually old men, not getting out of the way," he said.
"It is important for political leaders to try and remind themselves that you are there to do a job, but you are not there for life, you are not there in order to prop up your own sense of self importance or your own power."
Incidentally, the male leader of Singapore who led his small county from a "third world country to first world country in a single generation" and governed all the way into his 80s, Lee Kuan Yew, had this to say about the type of liberal democracy Obama and the entire Western political establishment endorse.
SPIEGEL: During your career, you have kept your distance from Western style democracy. Are you still convinced that an authoritarian system is the future for Asia?
Mr. Lee: Why should I be against democracy? The British came here, never gave me democracy, except when they were about to leave. But I cannot run my system based on their rules. I have to amend it to fit my people's position. In multiracial societies, you don't vote in accordance with your economic interests and social interests, you vote in accordance with race and religion. Supposing I'd run their system here, Malays would vote for Muslims, Indians would vote for Indians, Chinese would vote for Chinese. I would have a constant clash in my Parliament which cannot be resolved because the Chinese majority would always overrule them. So I found a formula that changes that...
While the US is buckling under the wonders of liberal democracy and potentially on the brink of a civil war, Singapore is thriving.