Despite previous warnings from terrorist researchers that the jihadists who still remain in the Middle East are among the most hardened and dangerous, a Norwegian crisis psychologist nevertheless wants her country to bid the returnees a “warm welcome”.
Amid a seething polemic on what to do with Daesh* terrorists and their family members, psychologist Heidi Wittrup Djup from the Bergen-based Clinic for Crisis Psychology added fuel to the fire by suggesting in a televised debate that not only should “Daesh children” be retrieved immediately, but also that their terrorist parents should be “warmly welcomed”.
“We must protect our children. The most vulnerable we have. These are Norwegian children stranded in camps, and they are in danger. We bring them home to Norway and we need to bring the parents as well. They must be prosecuted by the Norwegian legal system. If Dad wants to join as well, he is warmly welcomed,” Djup said during the live debate on national broadcaster NRK.
Djup’s take sparked outrage on social media, as many Norwegians couldn’t believe their ears and found her recommendations “scary naive”. Some suggested even that Djup needed a psychologist herself.
“If the Daesh dads want to join in, they should be warmly welcome. Yes, you heard right”, blogger Henrik Akselsen, who describes himself as a “resigned liberal”, tweeted.
”Now we shall be neighbours with people who have kept sex slaves and burned people alive….