Such a policy aligns with ISIS strategic goals and propaganda.
Now let me explain why.
For that nation-state to similarly strip them of citizenship renders rehabilitation an impossibility, and institutionalizes ISIS’ zero-sum concept of political loyalty.
Part of that failure is due to perceptions of bankrupt credibility.
Such failure is also due to a lack of (and/or lack of interest in) understanding WHY people join ISIS.
Stripping citizenship/refusing reentry destroys the best counternarrative source available AND further spreads ISIS’ ideology about citizenship loyalties.
We simply lack all credibility, and the messenger’s perceived authenticity MATTERS.
That’s why ISIS propaganda has been so successful in the first place.
ONLY those who wanted to join can help us understand.
The anti-ISIS coalition, on the other hand, doesn’t engage - rather, we preach, bomb, drone strike, and jail.
That is not a sustainable strategy for long-term success.
Returnees are the best asset counterterrorism strategists have for understanding - and defeating - ISIS.
Refusal of reentry / stripping citizenship is counterproductive and quite dangerous in the long run.
This is simply good strategy advice from a professional, not my personal apologism or moral relativism.
Knee-jerk support for stripping #ShemimaBegum citizenship is only one example among many.
Steve Sotloff and Jim Foley were my friends.
So don’t try me with “you don’t understand the threat.” I do - likely, much better than you.
So don’t try me.
See above thread for why.
You're assuming an awful lot about me, and projecting very interesting things about my identity that may or may not -- spoiler -- be accurate.
This is not a call for non-prosecution. It's strategic.
Because it's more than two. And it sucks quite a lot, just FYI.
I genuinely mean that. It's painful to me.
From first-hand experience.
When your emotions override your capacity for logical reasoning.
ISIS is very, very good at this.
1) I never wanted to work on anything related to ISIS or terrorism.
2) I bailed on my friends' last Syria trip.
3) They were beheaded in viral ISIS videos.
4) Now, everyone uses their deaths for political purposes (even for commercial advertising).
6) I realized how deeply ISIS' viral videos of my friends' decapitations impacted my psyche. Profoundly.
8) Speaking up became an ethical obligation and working on ISIS a moral duty.
10) I do not enjoy this material.
11) I am not a fan of, or apologist for, ISIS.
Not easy. Not fun.
I am speaking from a position of very personal experiences, as well as considerably difficult emotional and analytical work attempting to understand and counter ISIS propaganda and strategy.
So, yeah. That's basically it.
Maintaining logic over emotion is key here.
I know my limits.
That reaction generally serves as an indicator that emotions are superseding rationality, and productive exchange is no longer possible.
Also, I haven’t yet slept so irritability is increasingly hard to mask.