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Airstrikes Against Syria are a Trap, Warns Former ISIS Hostage Nicolas Hénin

Democracy Now has an interview in two segments that make a very compelling case that our strategy for dealing with Syria and Isis is completely counter-productive. The segments are Airstrikes Against Syria are a Trap, Warns Former ISIS Hostage Nicolas Hénin and Former ISIS Hostage Nicolas Hénin: Welcoming Refugees is the Best Strategy Against ISIS.

Here are just a couple of snippets of what is in the transcripts of this interview.

I mean, one must be totally stupid to believe that we punished Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda, invading Iraq and Afghanistan. And even the opposite: The real success on 9/11, this is not the collapse of the twin towers; the real success of 9/11, this is the invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq. And this was not made by the terrorists. This success is only due to the victim. The Americans were victims of the terrorists, but they offered to their aggressors their success. And this is something that we shall always keep in mind every time we are hit by a major terrorist attack: What want our aggressor us to do? What would you like me to do, and how shall I react to displease him?
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“Welcoming refugees is not a terror threat to our countries; it’s like a vaccine to protect us from terrorism, because the more interactions we have between societies, between communities, the less there will be tensions,” Hénin says.
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AMY GOODMAN: What would you say to young Europeans who want to join, who what to become jihadists?

NICOLAS HÉNIN: This is a very important message. Basically, ISIS will recruit you, telling you jihad is cool, because, yes, it’s cool, if you have no life, no girlfriend, no job, no money, nothing in your home country, and ISIS promises you, what, adventure, engagement, a girl, a car, a weapon, power, money, whatever. So, they all play like jihad is cool. And my answer is: ISIS is a scam, because ISIS does not really fight Assad, does not protect the Muslims in Syria, but kills, to wide extent, a number of Muslims in Syria. ISIS is a disaster for the Syrian people. So, for those who want to join ISIS, I tell them, “I understand the reason for your rage, because, yes, there are many reasons actually to be unhappy about both your life in the West or both the situation in Syria and these civilians being massacred in huge numbers. But ISIS will just make you make this crisis bigger.”

There is somewhat of a trick you have to play with the following videos to see the parts that correspond to the transcripts. When you get the video playing, you will see a little dot on the time lines. The first one has the dot about ⅔ of the way along the timeline -at about 31:04. If you hover over the dot, you will see the headline of this blog post. Drag the left big dot to the small dot to skip the part of the video unrelated to this post.

In the second segment the little dot is at 40:38 along the timeline. As the video starts to play, drag the big dot to the little dot.

The title of the book that Nicolas Hénin has written about his experiences is Jihad Academy.