This week, we learned that a German guy, and his German wife....who had converted over to Islam....came to some vast discovery of reality.
The couple bought into the various propaganda dump, and eventually believed that they could be part of a great and wonderful revolution....in Pakistan. So they pack up....swear an oath, become Muslims, and then discover that western Pakistan is some place that German just doesn't belong.
The jihad business, the camps, the nasty conditions, the extreme violence.....it was all way more than he ever imagined.
It took about a year to convince him that he and the wife had signed up for something that just wasn't going to work. But the jihad guys came back and did some serious talking, and convinced the German guy that things might get better. They didn't. He mentioned in court testimony this week that drug usage around his Taliban buddies was becoming a serious issue. The guys in charge didn't care.
At some point in 2010....they apparently came to this vast realization. The wife was pregnant....the guy had hepatitis, and nothing looked worth fighting for. So they ran over to Turkey....got across the border where they were promptly apprehended and held for almost two years by the Turks while they sorted through the stories and gathered intelligence. Then they came back to Germany where they faced some charges.
If you put yourself into the mind of this guy.....he's probably kissing German soil every single morning. He gets a standard schnitzel every other day in jail. He probably listens to German pop music and has a top-ten list.
He's also probably thinking about all those guys sitting back in Pakistan....doped up....listening to some Mullah lead them prayers and then order them to attack some innocent villagers. Some guys survive....some die.....and new recruits arrive each month.
If I were the German government....I'd offer him a free deal....an exit from jail and no prison situation. You agree to make a two-minute advertisement to explain how you got doped (in the mental sense) by some Muslim clerics who don't really care about your or your welfare. The Mullahs want you to be stupid enough to convert, dump Germany, and fly into Pakistan to be part of some big life-adventure. Over the last ten seconds, you'd start to explain how you really screwed up. There's something good about Germany and German culture....it just took a while in a screwed situation and miserable country....to figure that out.