An interview with Henrik Day Poulsen, psychiatrist, Ph.D., translated by Nicolai Sennels for 10news.dk:
Our laws are not geared to understand or cope with the fundamentalist mind. Their perception of reality is completely intact, unlike that of the insane person, whose mind is completely chaotic and who would therefore never will be able to plan a professional attack such as the one we witnessed in Paris Wednesday this week. …
And here we find a very important point where you have to understand how a fanatic thinks. They break all the social norms and rules that we take for granted. Norms like respect and being fair, considerate and trustworthy become secondary to the fight for what the fanatic wants to achieve. The end justifies the means. Untrustworthiness, falsehood, deceit and manipulation are fully acceptable when acting in the name of God. Even though the scripture says that one is not allowed to lie.
Understanding such standards is important when trying to understand a fanatic. And if you understand the fanatic mind, you will know why constructive dialogue is impossible. Obviously, a fanatic will show up and discuss issues with politicians, as we see in the media. But when the camera is turned off and everyone has gone home, they laugh in their beard and prepare the next fanatical deed. In the name of God, of course.
It is well known that psychopaths lie, manipulate, steal and kill for personal gain. The thrill of committing crimes is often also a key motivation. Most people can understand the psychopath mind, and we have great experience in handling them in a democratic society. We have laws, courts and police to lock them up. But if you think that the Muslims in Grimhøjmoskeen (a Danish mosque famous for sending jihadis to Syria) or the terrorists in Paris are “just” a bunch of psychopathic criminals, you make a serious mistake.
The psychology of a fanatic is often quite different, although their tendency to speak with two tongues, lie and distort the truth may look like the usual psychopathic jailbird.
A very good illustration of the difference between a psychopath and a fanatic is the fact that the two French brothers of North African descent … almost in a provocative manner left their identity cards in the getaway car. A normal, experienced criminal would never be so stupid, since this obviously increases the risk of being discovered and caught. This action reads like a suicide bomber who knows that he or she will die with 100 percent certainty. A true psychopath will do anything to escape and will instead hire a “useful idiot” to do the dangerous and dirty work.
The two brothers did the dirty work themselves and are proud of it. They are heroes and are probably already hailed as heroes on various Muslim extremist websites. If they are caught and sentenced to life in prison, they would continue their dissemination of fundamentalist Islam inside the prison, because our prison system does not take into account the danger that such people represent. …
In my opinion we should have special departments for fundamentalist Muslims in prison, so they do not have the opportunity to indoctrinate the paltry jailbird Mohammed or Ismael sentencing for drug crime or violence, and who experience themselves marginalized in society and as treated unfairly.
Our legislation is simply not geared to understand and cope with the fundamentalist mind.