Psychologists have noted the amazing fact that a percentage of the victims of terrorists and kidnappers identify with their tormentors and do not feel inclined to blame them. It’s called ‘Stockholm syndrome’ or capture bonding.
Some victims of kidnappers and terrorists adjust to the trauma of their abuse by identifying with the criminals who hold their lives in their hands. They end up feeling gratitude that they weren’t raped, maimed or killed rather than anger at the violation of their freedom and human dignity.
According to experts at the FBI up to 27 percent of victims may react this way. The others, of course, display a normal response – a fierce desire to see their tormentors face justice.
Could it be that the expressions of support some people actually show for Voreqe are the result of capture-bonding or Stockholm Syndrome?
If so, what this means is that the highest vote he can hope for is 27% because the rest of us do not feel grateful to our captor that we have not been among the number picked for beating, sacking, confiscation of property (including a chunk of pension). We do not identify with the criminal – we identify with his victims.