In a comment in The Guardian Nicolas HÃ©nin, once himself a hostage of Daesh, writes that the west shouldn’t play into the hands of Daesh:
“As a proud Frenchman I am as distressed as anyone about the events in Paris. But I am not shocked or incredulous. I know Islamic State. I spent 10 months as an Isis hostage, and I know for sure that our pain, our grief, our hopes, our lives do not touch them. Theirs is a world apart.
Most people only know them from their propaganda material, but I have seen behind that. In my time as their captive, I met perhaps a dozen of them, includingÂ Mohammed Emwazi: Jihadi John was one of my jailers. He nicknamed me â€œBaldyâ€.”