“He is not radicalised, he is not traumatised,” Mr Bontinck said.
“They are stigmatising our children and this is not the right way to bring our children back. If they continue to stigmatise in this way the youngsters will never return to Belgium.”
Well, cheerio then, don’t let the door to civilisation hit you in the arse on the way out!
Earlier this year Mr Bontinck claimed his son was recruited by the extremist group Sharia4Belgium and forced to go to Syria and fight with rebels trying to topple President Bashar al-Assad.
Jejoen now says he went of his own free will on a humanitarian mission. Belgian authorities confirmed his arrest on terrorism-related charges, and a court ruled that he must remain in custody for another month.
At least he didn’t try the old ‘I went there to sample their famous naan bread‘ story…
It is not only Belgium struggling to prevent idealistic young Muslims drawn to Syria. Authorities in Norway appealed on Monday for help after two teenage Norwegian girls of Somali origin were spotted near the Syrian border.
The Netherlands, France and Britain have also expressed concern that their citizens could be killed, or come back radicalised by the al-Qa’ida-linked rebel factions.
Maybe, just maybe, they aren’t really ‘your citizens’. No matter what their passports say…