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The most ridiculous logic on terrorism you've ever heard
by Robin Simcox
Sending terrorists to jail is counter-productive because then they will act even more like terrorists.
If you do not follow that logic, then you clearly do not sit on the U.K. House of Commons Select Committee on Justice, where a group of cross-party MPs has just proposed that those convicted of certain terrorism offenses should not end up in jail.
The theory is that, with prison radicalization now a problem, and de-radicalization initiatives so under-developed, it is better to not jail convicts guilty of certain lower-level offenses.
But the answer to prison radicalization is surely better solutions against prison radicalization (for example, isolating Islamist recruiters to reduce their influence), not to stop sending those who have committed crimes to jail.
To be fair to the committee, they were seemingly only repeating what the Parole Board told them. However, all this speaks to a larger problem of over-complicating our response to the very real dangers posed by terrorism. Yes, absurd ideas get aired in all walks of life. But a higher proportion than most seem to emerge when it comes to discussing Islamist terrorism.
Just look at Europe. In recent years, we have had the notion floated that the Islamic State should be renamed as ‘The Un-Islamic State’. That al Qaeda are our allies. That the answer to anti-Muslim hatred is for journalists to stop revealing the identity of terrorists. That Germany’s open-door policy on refugees reduces the terror threat, rather than increases it. That the best defense against ISIS suicide bombers is “our own humanity.” Or that terrorism committed in the name of Islam has absolutely nothing to do with Islam.