Battle for hearts and minds: Denmark deradicalises homegrown jihadists

As the EU struggles with the threat of jihad-inspired terrorism within its borders, Denmark has pioneered a programme to deradicalise citizens drawn to the cause of Islamic extremism.

Relative to its size Denmark has seen more of its population leave to become fighters in Syria and Iraq than most EU countries.

The deradicalisation initiative began in the city of Aarhus and such has been its success that the Danish parliament has just voted to extend it to the entire country.

  • Gary

    Great , so now you have a quiet moderate supporting jihad by their brothers as they condemn it in public .

    • winniec

      Ko-rekt ! You cannot unlearn valid, real knowledge. All Islam is centred around jihad. Without jihad, there is no Islam. In other words, how can a jihadist unlearn all the valid hadiths and authoritative rulings of the Islamic scholars. The answer is: He can’t. They’re fooling themselves if they think the jihadist will be convinced that all they learned is false.
      The only way to deprogram a jihadist is to totally deprogram him from Islam by exposure to historical analysis of the Death Cult which did not even exist in the year 710 AD, since the caliphs themselves (the leaders of the movement) knew nothing about the cult. There was no cult, but a number of pagan tribal practices that differed between tribes and clans.

      • Gary

        True, and during the Vietnam conflict the VC feared running into the Korean Tiger units for that exact reason for the mind of a Communist.
        Korea had seasoned CO’s still fresh from their War against Communists , so in 1965 the Tigers had no problem using their Martial Arts to get information out of the VC when they came across one because they knew that you can’t re-educate a Communist so the torture was vicious and no real loss it they died.
        The White westerners didn’t fully understand Communism so they had more sympathy to send them back to HQ for extracting information .

  • glasnost

    “So I talked to him and said: … Get an education, and do something good with your life…”

    Yup, sounds like a national strategy to me.

    • winniec

      Narrated Abdullah ibn Umar:

      I heard the Apostle of Allah say: When you enter into the inah transaction
      (become businessmen), hold the tails of oxen (become cattlemen), are pleased with agriculture (become farmers), and give up conducting jihad, Allah will make disgrace prevail over you, and will not withdraw it until you
      return to your original religion. – Sunan Abu Dawud Book 23, Number 3455

      Conducting jihad is the ‘original religion’ of Mohammed. Mohammed is the authority on Islam, not the Danish government.

    • Exile1981

      So he took my advice and went to get a degree in chemistry with a minor in electronics… what could be more healthy than a boy learning those skills?


  • Hard Little Machine

    And until recently they had the toughest immigration laws in Europe. So that worked well.

  • Arrest the mullahs. Close the mosques.

    That’s a good first start.

    No whining.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    I hope that the Danish authorities adopt the tactics of the Green Berets I served with in Vietnam. “Let us win your hearts and your minds — or we’ll burn your f—ing mosques down.”

  • cmh

    the only leader who seems to have it right is Putin…. kill and bomb the heck out of them and ban their guidebook.