Jihad must be harder than it looks.
According to Le Figaro newspaper, lawyers in France are beginning to receive letters from disgruntled ISIS recruits seeking advice on how to return back home. For those not familiar, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria is an extremist, jihadist rebel group that aims to bring all Muslim-inhabited regions across the world under its control. The United Nations has accused the group of human rights abuses, while the Canadian government has officially designated them a terrorist organization.
But the new recruits who flew over from France seem to be just a wee bit unprepared for the brutal and bloody lifestyle a terrorist group leads. Here’s why they’re saying they want to come home:
“I’m fed up. My iPod doesn’t work any more here. I have to come back,” wrote one Frenchman.
“I’m tired. They make me do the dishes,” wrote another.
“They want to send me to the front but I do not know how to fight…”
What were they expecting? Water slides and a merry-go-round?!
France is one of the biggest sources of foreign fighters for Islamic State, and now the country is grappling with the difficult question of what to do with these turncoats once they return. A group of lawyers is currently working with them, advising strategies for safe passage back home.
“We have made contacts with the police and judicial authorities [in France] but it’s a hyper-sensitive subject,” one lawyer told Le Figaro. “Everybody grasps that the longer these people stay out there, the more they become time bombs when they return.”
“But, when it comes to having a discussion about whether France is ready to accept repentants, no politician is willing to take the risk. Imagine if one of these ex-jihadis is involved subsequently in an attack?”
Out of the approximately 100 jihadists to return to France, 76 have been jailed. In Syria or Iraq though, the stakes are even higher — people who show signs of wanting to flee are beaten or killed, according to the legal group.
But hey, that’s what they signed up for.