Violent Jihadism Encourages Mentally Disturbed to Violence

A Russian woman wearing a hijab was arrested in Moscow this week after carrying around the severed head of a child. She is believed to have beheaded the three- or four-year-old child she had been babysitting.

Security services said she waited for the parents to leave the apartment with an older child, then committed the murder and set the apartment on fire before fleeing with the severed head.

“I am a terrorist. I hate you — the enemy” she reportedly said, with another eyewitness telling police that she shouted “Allahu Akbar.”

“Given the clearly deranged behavior of the detainee, investigators swiftly ordered her to undergo psychiatric tests to establish whether she is capable of understanding the significance of her actions,” the investigative committee said in a statement reported by Reuters.

An unnamed police official told the media the woman may have been under the influence of psychotropic drugs.

Mental instability and drug abuse can both trigger psychotic episodes in which a person commits acts of extreme violence. People who are already unbalanced may well be looking for an excuse or an opportunity to lash out, even if subconsciously.

The specific motivations for this brutal murder are not yet known. However, the existence of the Islamist ideology and the outrageous crimes of jihadist groups such as the Islamic State can act as a beacon to people around the world who are predisposed towards violence. The ideology plays a role in providing a legitimized outlet for savagery, enabling the person to justify their impulses to themselves and consequently to act on them.

For this reason, although there will always be those with a predisposition towards extreme violence, defeating Islamism ideologically will deprive these people of a way of expressing those violent tendencies.

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