[Ed. – Really hard to turn something like this into an effective government program. The West can’t get people off welfare or reform criminals with government programs. Jihadis won’t be easier nuts to crack.]
[I]n Aarhus, Denmark, police set up a program that’s being referred to as “hug a jihadi” to change the hearts and minds of would-be terrorists.
The authorities envision accomplishing this by engaging the potential Islamic extremists and treating them with kindness instead of as criminals and outcasts.
“Dateline” reporter Evan Williams spoke with a man using the alias Jamal, who said he was so disenfranchised and angry with society he was considering leaving Denmark and becoming a terrorist.
“In my mind, I was like, ‘They treated me as a terrorist. If they want a terrorist, they will get a terrorist,’” he said.
When he began speaking with someone from the “hug a jihadi” program, he began to open up about the unique difficulties of being a Muslim in Denmark.
Williams said that’s when Jamal began to reconsider his views.