Nancy Hartevelt Kobrin
Psychoanalyst & Counter Terrorist Expert

Dear Pres. Kadyrov — The Abu Ghosh Mosque, the Tsarnaevs and honor killing

Yesterday Arutz Sheva reported that President Ramzan Akhmadovich Kadyrov of The Chechen Republic is scheduled to come to Abu Ghosh to dedicate the new mosque on Sunday March 23. Having just finished writing my third book on the Chechen jihadi, two different quotes of his came to mind. The first concerns the Tsarnaevs’ murderous attacks — the Boston Marathon whose first memorial year is next month and the Triple Homicide in Waltham MA and the second concerns the Chechen tradition of honor killing.

But first let me be clear. I believe that the majority of Chechens are good people that want the same thing you and I want, to live in peace. I dedicated the book to the 95% peace-loving Chechens as well as in memory of those murdered in Boston and Waltham. I was appalled by the racism of Israeli Jewish soccer fans who treated the Chechen footballers who have since returned home to Chechnya. (I write about that too in the book.) I have also visited the Abu Ghosh mosque while it was under construction. I hope the dedication goes smoothly. May this gorgeous mosque truly become a place of peace and not a site for Islamic incitement.

Here is President Kadyrov’s first comment concerning the violent behavior of the Tsarnaevs. He essentially blames the west for their behavior, particularly America as he was quoted in the Wall Street Journal:

“Ramzan Kadyrov, the current President of Republic of Chechnya in southern Russia, decried “any attempt” to connect the brothers with Chechnya in a statement Friday night. “They grew up in the United States. Their attitudes and beliefs were formed there. One must look for the root of the evil in America,” Mr. Kadyrov said. The Federal Security Service spokesman on Saturday immediately pointed out that one of the alleged bombers was a U.S. citizen.”

This is not so. Violent behavior is an expression of feelings. It is learned behavior in the home by age three. These jihadis do not develop empathy. They grow up in a shame honor culture/religion in which the female is negated unconsciously through splitting in the ideologies as well as conscious violent treatment and abuse. They learn to bond to people through violence as they were treated like objects and in turn they treat us like objects. The Centre for Social Cohesion in the United Kingdom did geo-mapping. They found that where there were jihadis, there were honor killing. I have argued in all of my three books that the Islamic suicide attack and honor killing are coextensive and synergistic violent behaviors. I am the only counter terrorist expert to date who has shown the link through unconscious nonverbal communication.

This brings me to is President Kadyrov’s remarks concerning Chechen honor killing:

“On March 10, 2011, Human Rights Watch reported that since Chechenization, the government has advocated for an enforced Islamic dress code and other practices that violently oppress women. Wikipedia reports that the president of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, is quoted as saying, “I have the right to criticize my wife. She doesn’t. With us [in Chechen society], a wife is a housewife. A woman should know her place. A woman should give her love to us [men] …. She would be [man’s] property and the man is the owner. Here if a woman does not behave properly, her husband, her father, and brother are responsible. According to our tradition, if a woman fools around, her family members kill her … that’s how it happens, a brother kills his sister or husband kills his wife …. As president, I cannot allow for them to kill. So let women not wear shorts.” He has also openly defended honor killings on several occasions.”

Ironically the Clarion Project is premiering the film “Honor Diaries” in Jerusalem tonight. Perhaps President Kadyrov might have time for a private viewing of this important documentary during his visit to Israel?

Furthermore it is hoped that President Kadyrov might discover on this visit that in Israel, we believe in freedom of religion, speech as well as freedom of dress. If a woman wants to wear shorts, we don’t kill her. I hope too he understands the generosity of this unique moment in Israeli Muslim-Christian-Jewish relations. Abu Ghosh like Nazareth has been a predominantly Arab Christian town. Will that change too?

I have been laughed at, dismissed, ridiculed for trying to get the issue of early childhood development placed on the table for terrorism studies. I write about that in my second book PENETRATING THE TERRORIST PSYCHE. Laugh at me no more — I am proud to report that within the first 48 hours in which THE MATERNAL DRAMA OF THE CHECHEN JIHADI went on line last Friday, 450 people downloaded it. I invite you to download too. The book is free, made possible through a special project by Jason Aronson who is perhaps one of the leading publishers of psychology and psychoanalysis in the world. Education is the key. Who knows, maybe President Kadyrov will download it too?

About the Author
Dr. Kobrin made aliyah in 2010 and is an internationally renowned counterterrorism expert and psychoanalyst holding a PhD in Islamic literature, aljamía 16th c. Author of five books. She has conducted prison interviews, a former military contractor with an academic appointment as external expert at La Universidad de Granada. She is a senior research analyst for The Islamic Theology of Counter Terrorism Center. She also works in citizen diplomacy. In August 2020 she was the first Israeli to be live-streamed from Islamabad.
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