Britain’s rapid national suicide is the stuff of tragedy, but with stories like these, it is edging into farce. British officials are afraid to come down too hard on jihadis returning from the Islamic State because they don’t want to be seen as “anti-Muslim.” The Muslims who left Britain to join the Islamic State were joining an entity that considers itself to be at war with the United Kingdom, but British authorities are trying to figure out how to establish that these fellows committed any terrorist acts while in Syria or Iraq.
Meanwhile, “jihadi rehab” has failed wherever it has been tried, and given the British official unwillingness to acknowledge how jihadis use Islamic texts and teachings to justify their actions, it is extremely unlikely that they will be able to convince these young men to give up “extremism.”
As Britain rushes toward what looks to be inevitable blood in the streets and civil war, all we can do is sit by and watch the…fireworks.
“Returning Islamist fighters offered ‘jihadi rehab’ instead of prosecution for supporting blood-thirsty terrorist groups despite May’s pledges,” by Chris Greenwood, Daily Mail, November 9, 2014 (thanks to Blazing Cat Fur):
Returning Islamist fighters are being offered ‘jihadi rehab’ instead of prosecution for supporting blood-thirsty terrorist groups.
The vast majority of more than 300 young men who have arrived back from Syria and Iraq are being allowed to continue their normal lives.
Many have been offered places on the Government’s counter-radicalisation scheme, known as the Channel programme, which has seen a substantial rise in referrals.
Evidence of the ‘softer approach’ comes despite assurances from Home Secretary Theresa May that terrorist sympathisers will face the full force of the law.
She said new legislation should be ready by the end of this month as David Cameron insisted returning jihadists should face ‘criminal investigations and prosecution’.
Two Cardiff men who travelled to Syria have been allowed to return to their homes despite being arrested under the Terrorism Act.
Ahmed Mohammadi, 19, and Shahid Miah, 23, were released without charge and instead referred to Channel despite their close ties with Islamic State.
The scheme has seen a 58 per cent rise (from 748 to 1,281) in the number of referrals in the past year as the crisis in the Middle East grew.
Whitehall sources said one of the biggest problems is securing evidence of terrorist activities committed by Britons 2,000 miles away in Syria.
One told the Sunday Times that investigators also want to balance the approach towards returning jihadists with the need to avoid being perceived as ‘anti- Muslim’.
The official said: ‘The police and MI5 are being careful about how to handle the returnees because they don’t want to disturb community cohesion.
‘Obviously they have to protect this country’s national security, but without any solid evidence . . . it’s very difficult to arrest and charge them.
‘The authorities are increasingly using a softer approach by enlisting returnees into Channel which . . . helps them challenge and ultimately change their extremist views.’…