Britain’s program to return jihadists home and help them move back into a more moderate choice of living — one that doesn’t include, say, cutting off heads of those of religions other than Muslim — has sparked some massive resistance because authorities are mulling a plan to put the terrorists at the front of the line for housing and exmployment assistance.
The plan, called Operation Constrain, was leaked into the public. And as the Express reported: It’s going to help roughly 20,000 radicalized Muslims return to the United Kingdom and obtain gainful work.
Sadly, for those already in the United Kingdom, these jihadists will get priority in terms of employment and housing assistance.
From the Express:
The project would reportedly target up to 20,000 extremists known to MI5, while Britons returning from former Islamic State strongholds in Syria would also be eligible.
The nationwide programme is due to start next year, the Mail on Sunday reported.
Whitehall said the scheme was part of the government’s commitment to “respond to the evolving threat in the most effective way we can”.
But former counter terrorism advisor Col Richard Kemp told the Telegraph: “I think it’s very much mistaken policy.
“When you look at the profile of many of the people who have been involved in terrorist attacks in the UK, or travelled overseas, they do not come from deprived backgrounds.
“If someone is inclined to be an extremist, you are not going to bribe them into not being a terrorist.”
Terrorism expert Professor Anthony Glees told the Mail: “You can’t bribe people not to be terrorists.”
Earlier this month, Max Hill QC, the UK’s independent reviewer of terrorism laws, proposed trying to re-integrate “naive” teenagers who had travelled to Syria to fight for ISIS instead of prosecuting them.
The proposals bear a similarity to Denmark’s Aarhus model, a de-radicalisation programme that offers young people at risk of being radicalised a way back into society.
They are offered mentors, psychologists, activities and workshops aimed not just at teaching young people that extremism is wrong, but also given them ways to address their anger through dialogue instead of violence.
This week, the parents of Jack Letts, a 21-year-old Muslim covert known as “Jihadi Jack”, pleaded for his to be return to Britain after he was captured by Kurdish forces in Raqqa and charged with being a member of ISIS.
John Letts and Sally Lane said their son, who has a history of mental illness, was initially treated well, but has suffered in recent months.
In letters sent home to his parents the prisoner denies being a Daesh member.
Last week it was revealed that ISIS deserter Shabazz Suleman, a former grammar school pupil from High Wycombe, wants to return home to face justice having become dissilusioned with the terror cell.
He said in encrypted messages to The Times: “I no longer know who I am.”
A Home Office spokeswoman said: “The Government is committed to doing everything possible to protect our communities from the threat of terrorism.
“To respond to this threat, it is vital that we use all the means at our collective disposal to divert people away from terrorist-related activity and we are exploring the best ways of doing this with our partners.
“We are also reviewing our counter terrorism strategy to make sure we respond to the evolving threat in the most effective way we can, both now and in the future.”
This week, British soldier Macer Gifford, who has fought ISIS for the past three years alongside Syrian Democratic Forces, warned letting jihadis return to the UK is like “inviting the wolf to dinner”. …
“The foreign fighters are actually by far the worst, and the most aggressive, most deranged of all the Islamic State fighters.
“These are individuals who have had every opportunity to live a normal, happy life in Britain, America, France and other places.
“Yet they’ve basically spat in the face of everything that we hold dear – our democracy, our shared values of secularism and multiculturalism.
“They have gone to Syria to butcher, murder and rape people, to sell people into sexual slavery, and they tear up their passports as an act of defiance.”
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