My Mideast Punchlines: a right bunch of turnips!

Many jihadi fighters returning to Sweden have been given “protected identities” by the government to help them re-integrate into society.

This is despite the fact that those returning have gone on to commit terrorist attacks (in Paris in 2015 and Brussells in 2016) and that most of the European jihadis who join ISIS have criminal backgrounds.

Some return because they have simply had enough; other are defectors. Most have committed atrocities while fighting for the world’s most preeminent terrorist organization.

A number have been jailed for the crimes they committed while abroad, including Sultan Al-Amin, 31, and Hassan Al-Mandlawi, 33, who fought in Aleppo.

It is estimated that at least 150 fighters have returned to Sweden, with another 112 still there. The remaining fighters, who are considered the most radical, are expected to return.

The reentry program – which may include free housing, a driver’s license, and tax benefits — was instituted by Anna Sjostrand, a municipal coordinator against violent extremism Lund, a city in southern Sweden.

“There may be criticism, but [I think] that you should get the same help as others who seek help from us. We can’t say that because you made a wrong choice, you have no rights to come back and live in our society,” said Sjostrand, speaking on Swedish radio.

Sure, never mind that the jihadis may have spent time decapitating all and sundry in a wild psychotic fervour. The Swedes are a forgiving lot — except, of course, when it comes to Israel. There, knife-wielding terrorists are freedom fighters and the Israelis are bloodthirsty for even attempting self-defence. As I wrote before, the Swedes are a duplicitous lot — and we can’t keep letting them off the hook simply because they act like a bunch of turnips.

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