Terror ‘Defector’ Stories Hyped by Media Collapse Underneath the ‘Deradicalization’ Narrative

The “deradicalization” narrative — along with a whole industry of academics pursuing large cash grants from governments looking to set up such programs — is built upon the premise that the right set of information and conditions can turn terrorists not only away from violence, but even into respectable and productive citizens.

More often than not, it seems, reality demonstrates the premise’s naivety.