Wednesday, 22 December 2010
Sennels: The connection between Muslim inbreeding and terrorism

The Baron of Gates of Vienna blog  posted a controversial  research paper by Nicolai Sennels on "The Connection between Muslim inbreeding and terrorism" on Big Peace'.  Hugh Fitzgerald had posted this on The Iconoclast in August, 2010 . Brig.Gen. Stephen Xenakis, former  Military Psychiatrist and Khadr defense team expert witness, had commented on Sennels' views about Muslim inbreeding and terrorism in a Washington Post op-ed on December 5th, "Radical jihadism isn't a mental disorder":  We note that Gates of Vienna has re-published Sennels pioneering article on his research on young Muslim criminals and their propensity to recidivism  published in the May, NER, "Muslims and Westeners: The Psychological Differences."

But radical jihadism is not a clinical condition, and diagnosing it is not within the domain of psychiatric experts. Radical jihadism is an ideology - and can be embraced by the psychiatrically sane and insane alike.

Beyond being simply unscientific, however, the testimony had another troubling aspect. Welner relied, in part, on the research of a particularly egregious source: Danish educational psychologist Nicolai Sennels.

Welner noted that there are few academic or medical sources on the "future dangerousness" of "radical jihadists who have been apprehended and detained." Sennels, he said, is an exception. Welner described the lengthy conversation the two men had held and said his perspective was informed in part by Sennels's research on Muslim youth whom he treated as a prison psychologist. But Welner wasn't familiar with all of Sennels's written work. As the defense explained during cross-examination, Sennels is also known for inflammatory views on Islam, having claimed that "massive inbreeding within the Muslim culture during the last 1,400 years may have done catastrophic damage to their gene pool." Sennels has described the Koran as "a criminal book that forces people to do criminal things." Welner specifically repudiated these views in court.  

We understand that Sennels has sent the Washington Post a rebuttal to Xenakis' op-ed, which we hope , having seen a working draft, they will see fit to publish.  Whether or not they do, we will post  in full -- giving them time to do it first -- Sennels' cogent rebuttal.

Posted on 12/22/2010 3:25 AM by Jerry Gordon
4 Mar 2011
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While perhaps technically accurate, the argument that "radical jihadism is not a clinical condition" is nonetheless specious. 

The psychiatric profession offers an official clinical diagnosis of "Oppositional Defiant Disorder" for young people with a pattern of disobedient, hostile and defiant behavior toward authority.  Demonstrably, then, they should have no difficulty naming a disorder that encompasses the aberrant, antisocial patterns common to jihadists.  What is lacking is not the reality of the disorder, but the courage and the will to name it.

The Quran repeatedly commands the faithful to slaughter infidels (non-Muslims).  Muslims are told they face burning in hell if they disobey Allah.  I cannot think how Xenakis and Welner would consider it logical to dismiss this as not a coercive call to criminal activity. 

Do they themselves not find criminal the idea of sadistically beheading those who embrace a different religion from one's own?

Tiptoeing around these facts is Political Correctness run dangerously amok.