Saturday, March 19, 2016

Northern Virginia resident returns through Kurdish connection, regrets attempt to join ISIS, says he was totally wrong and misled

Matt Zapotosky has a disturbing narrative, in the Washington Post, of a 26 year old man from northern Virginia, Khweis, who flew to the Mideast and crossed into Syria and tried to join ISIL, gradually realizing he did not believe in their ideology.  He spent time in Raqqa and Mosul.
The young man describes his ordeal to a Kurdish TV station and has been arrested in Iraq.  He will be deported, and it is not yet clear what federal charges may be brought when he returns.

He said that he had the impression that Americans would be treated better by Kurds, who first attracted attention as a people in 1991 during the first Persian Gulf War.

In the meantime, it’s worth noting that GOP candidate Donald Trump stands out among candidates in opposing President Bush’s Iraq war, maintaining that the world would have been safer with a weakened Saddam Hussein still in power (since he would catch terrorists) rather than with a complete power vacuum that allowed ISIS to move forward. He seems to have made a similar comment about Gadadffi in Libya.  I still remember watching the "shock and awe" in the theater of the Bryant Lake Bowl in Minneapolis one night almost exactly thirteen years ago.

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