There’s a very simple principle that helps form the bedrock of any prosperous and civilized society. When people do bad things, they should be punished for it. The moment that rule is turned upside down, and the wicked and weak are rewarded for their behavior, society will crumble. There’s no way around it. Every society that rewards bad behavior is on the fast track to destruction.
You might think that would be obvious, but there are plenty of nations throughout history that have fallen under the weight of corruption, in one form or another. Our species has made this mistake countless times. We never learn, and we always pay for it.
Next on the chopping block of history is Denmark, where the police in the city of Aarhus are now essentially rewarding people who have been accused of being terrorists.
Denmark’s second largest city is attempting to tackle terrorism by offering jihadists “empathy” in a programme dubbed “hug a terrorist.”
Whilst Danes who have fought against Islamic State have been threatened with jail on their return from Syria, terrorists are being offered enormous privileges, including apartments, education, and jobs, to encourage them to rejoin society.
Proponents of the police-run scheme in Aarhus say that jihadists are “isolated” and struggling to integrate, and claim that offering them kindness and forgiveness will deter them from their murderous ideology.
Aarhus Police Superintendent Allan Aarsley explains how troubled Muslim youths were invited to come to the police station for a chat,
"...so they could get some kind of help having a good life here in the city with education, a place to live and things like that."
However, according to Dateline, an Australian news show, the controversial program has received its fair share of criticism.
Danish politician Naser Khader, a Muslim born in Syria, says it sends the wrong message and rewards terrorists who have effectively made war on the West and its values.
He told Australian news programme Dateline the “hug a terrorist” model tells young Muslims: “Go out and do something criminal, be jihadis, you will get a lot of privilege from the society. That’s wrong in my opinion.”
During an appearance on Fox and Friends, Dr. James Mitchell, a former CIA agent who interrogated the mastermind behind 9/11, called the program “extremely naïve.”
"I want you to imagine Rob O'Neill, the guy who shot bin Laden, kicking open the door in his compound, and he's armed with warm cookies and a 'Let's Cuddle' t-shirt. And he goes, 'Get on over here, you rascal. I got lots of hugs for you,'" said Mitchell. "It's a ridiculous idea."
"You can't raise a child in a stove-piped community where they're taught that the entire culture that they're supposed to assimilate in is evil and out to hold them down, and then when they become an adult expect them to do anything except rebel," he said.
If you applied this approach to literally any other crime you would be heavily criticized by everyone else in society, and for good reason. You wouldn’t give a thief a job, a rapist a free education, or a murderer an apartment. In any decent society these people are thrown in prison. Only after they’ve paid for their crimes, should you even consider helping them readjust to society. Furthermore, if you’re going to reward terrorism, then why bother punishing anyone for anything? Why bother keeping any bad behavior in check?
It’s just common sense. Unfortunately, common sense is quickly dwindling in the Western world.