While officials in many western countries are wringing their hands over what to do about those citizens who want to return after fighting with one of the extremist groups in Syria and Iraq, Denmark welcomes its returning Jihadists with open arms.
Known as the “Aarhus Model,” named after the city where the idea was developed, the rehabilitation program helps returning fighters find jobs, schooling, and offers counseling, according to an article in The Local.
“Our main principle is inclusion,” said Prof. Preben Bertelsen, who had a major role in developing the Aarhus model, in an article on the Newsweek website. “We’re not stigmatizing them or excluding them. Instead, we tell them we can help them get an education, get a job, re-enter society.”
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In Denmark, not one returned fighter has been locked up. Instead, taking the view that discrimination at home is as criminal as Islamic State recruiting, officials here are providing free psychological counseling while finding returnees jobs and spots in schools and universities. Officials credit a new effort to reach out to a radical mosque with stanching the flow of recruits.
To call these efforts misguided seems an understatement. ISIS and other radical jihadist groups hold a universalist Islamic theology that they are willing to enforce with violence, and they have been clear that the West is on their target list. Though not every returning jihadist might bear malice against their home state, a refusal to take enemies who denounce your way of life, have sworn to kill you, and have actually killed people at their word seems insane.
For all Western nations, however, learning how to deal with that threat without veering into either repressive measures or Danish-style Pollyanna-ism will be one of the major security challenges of the coming months and years.
Danmarks omdømme bliver, at vi modtager krigsforbrydere, pædofile, kriminelle, røvere, mordere, voldsmænd, slavehandlere og voldtægstforbrydere, som har erklæret krig mod os, med inklusion.