With the Islamic State group’s hold on Mosul, Iraq, slipping and a coalition of forces steadily surrounding the jihadists’ putative capital of Raqqa, Syria, it is looking increasingly likely that the would-be global Islamic caliphate is on the verge of being crushed, with the remaining committed jihadists scattering like roaches to all corners of the world to keep waging their fight against modern civilization.
Many of those radicalized Islamist fighters traveled to the Middle East from various countries in Europe to join the jihad, and now that some of them are returning to Europe, at least one politician is scrambling to figure out how to deal with them.
According to Breitbart, Sweden’s Minister for Culture and Democracy, Alice Bah Kuhnke, recently appeared on a program called “Agenda” on state-run TV station SVT to discuss the issue of jihadists returning to the Scandinavian country. She suggested that those radical Islamists should be welcomed back home and re-integrated into Swedish society, stating, “They need to be channeled back into our democratic society.”
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This seemingly ludicrous notion that radicalized jihadists can be easily re-integrated into a modern and peaceful democratic society is actually not just a pipe dream of Kuhnke’s, but rather is in line with reports of certain Swedish municipalities making their own efforts to ease the transition of alleged former jihadists by providing them with driver’s licenses, free housing, debt forgiveness and other welfare benefits.
According to the U.K. Daily Express, it has been estimated that roughly 300 “Swedes” have traveled to the Middle East to join the Islamic State group or some other terrorist organization over the past several years, about half of whom have returned for some reason or another.
Kuhnke admitted that nobody knows how many of those who have returned are still radicalized jihadists or have become disillusioned by the reality of jihad, but insisted that they could all be properly re-integrated into society if enrolled in a special de-radicalization program.
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“About 10, 20, 30 people have been supported by our municipalities” in the program, she said. “That is too few. We must cooperate much better. Police, the social services and Säpo (Swedish security service) have to work together. There are many municipalities which don’t even know who is responsible.”
Jan Björklund, leader of Sweden’s Liberal Party, lashed out at Kuhnke’s remarks as being “ignorant,” and told Swedish-language media outlet Expressen that “(t)he answers she gave were obviously wrong, she blamed authorities and municipalities, and seemed to want to free herself from responsibility.”
“She seemed very ignorant. It’s very strange,” Björklund added. “It was quite obvious that the culture minister was ignorant of the issues, even though she knew what she was going to be interviewed about on television. (It left) a very amateurish impression.”
Even Prime Minister Stefan Löfven seemed to take issue with his culture minister’s suggestion that local social services should deal with re-integrating potential terrorists into society.
“Terrorism is an extremely serious issue, it is about the security of citizens, therefore it is a clear national issue and a national responsibility, and a priority of the government,” he said.
Much like former Obama State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf’s laughable suggestion that Islamic State group fighters would give up their bloody jihad if only they were provided a good-paying job, the notion that jihadists returning to Europe can be easily integrated back into a modern democratic society is ridiculous.
Though many liberals would certainly object, the vast majority of those who have joined the jihad and then returned to Europe should have their citizenship and all benefits revoked, be tried for treason or sedition or something similar, then executed or at least imprisoned until such time as they no longer pose any threat.
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