SWEDEN. Magnus Ranstorp, researchleader at National Defence College, is one of the authors to the rapport about Salafism.
In a recent interview Ranstorp was asked about deradicalization and he thinks that it’s possible to influence those who is in an early stage, but the ways of doing it is underdeveloped. It’s nearly impossible to change a devoted salafist. He isn’t sure if there have been any successful deradicalizations in Sweden, but he adds that it’s less than five, if any at all.
In a recent article The Gatestone Institute writes that the programs that are used to deradicalize islamists are ineffective and can even have the opposite effect. The Behavioural Insights Team examined 33 of these programs in the UK and only two of them had effect. The biggest reason for their failure were that those in charge hesitated to talk about sensitive things or about race or religion. They were afraid to seem discriminatory so in other words the fear of being called a racist did once again cause trouble. Being politically correct are more important than preventing extremism and saving lives, including those who are radicalized.
The author of the Gatestone article writes that to prevent islamism the political correctness has to go and everybody has to stop rationalizing islamic violence. And the texts that instigates this must be seen for what they are. That they’re not misinterpreted or twisted by fundamentalists, but full of violence and hate against non-muslims.