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An obvious enemy or a half-friend?

When an organized conspiracy confronts your country, being neutral is high treason. We love our Arab brothers and other friendly countries but we love our homeland more, and when our interests clash with theirs, we defend our right with all the weapons we have.

When others seal deals in secret to sabotage Saudi Arabia and strengthen enemies and when they meet with leaders of the militias we are fighting in Yemen, then being neutral is a crime and a major sin.

Conspiracies have been on ever since the second Saudi state was established – since Iraq’s events and since King Abdulaziz disciplined rebels in the north and up until Iran’s wars, the Iraqi invasion and the developments pertaining to terrorism and its militias. And now, brotherly countries are harming the state’s backbone and establishing for sabotaging movements inside our countries and homelands.

An obvious enemy is much better than a half-friend!

This article is also available in Arabic.

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Turki Aldakhil is the General Manager of Al Arabiya News Channel. He began his career as a print journalist, covering politics and culture for the Saudi newspapers Okaz, Al-Riyadh and Al-Watan. He then moved to pan-Arab daily Al-Hayat and pan-Arab news magazine Al-Majalla. Turki later became a radio correspondent for the French-owned pan-Arab Radio Monte Carlo and MBC FM. He proceeded to Elaph, an online news magazine and Alarabiya.net, the news channel’s online platform. Over a ten-year period, Dakhil’s weekly Al Arabiya talk show “Edaat” (Spotlights) provided an opportunity for proponents of Arab and Islamic social reform to make their case to a mass audience. Turki also owns Al Mesbar Studies and Research Centre and Madarek Publishing House in Dubai. He has received several awards and honors, including the America Abroad Media annual award for his role in supporting civil society, human rights and advancing women’s roles in Gulf societies. He tweets @TurkiAldakhil.

 

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Last Update: Monday, 29 May 2017 KSA 09:17 - GMT 06:17
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