Well, no. There is a lot of rape, murder, and mayhem.
Rita Panahi has an excellent op-ed in the Herald Sun today talking about the 3 Australian jihadis who want to come “home”.
“A lot of people when they come they have a lot of enthusiasm about what they’ve seen online, what they’ve seen on YouTube,” he said. …
Let’s think for a minute about the type of material that inspired that man and his ilk to join the terror group.
Islamic State propaganda that the group so skilfully disseminates online isn’t just about victory parades; it is often a celebration of the vilest brutality imaginable.
It includes bound victims being beheaded on camera for the crime of being Christian or Shiite or any number of other offences these vicious extremists deem worthy of a horrible death on camera.
Their videos show terrified men being thrown off buildings for the crime of being gay; in one instance the victim did not die on impact, so he was stoned to death.
There are images of dozens, sometimes hundreds, of prisoners being lined up and shot in cold blood. And women aren’t forgotten; Islamic State fighters proudly boast of their work in beheading female Kurdish fighters and enslaving Yazidi girls.
There are even productions starring children executing prisoners.
That is the type of sickening barbarism that is attracting young Muslim men from around the world to give up their comfortable Western lives and head to Syria and Iraq to fight what they see as a holy war.
So it turns out that raping and murdering isn’t as much fun as expected. Perhaps there are diminishing returns to raping and murdering – so it was fun at first but the enjoyment wore off after the nth mass murder or mass raping. Who knows? Who cares?
These people are criminals and need to face the criminal justice system – so I have a lot of sympathy for the “You will be arrested, you will be prosecuted, and you will go to jail” attitude taken by Tony Abbott. I’m not sure how credible the threat to deprive people of their citizenship is – but the government could and should implement the practical consequence of that threat anyway. After returned jihadis have served their Australian prison terms they should be deported back to the country where they committed the crimes (irrespective of any other law, convention, or international treaty – that is, even if they faced the death penalty).