In Saudi Arabia, and some other regional countries, there has been an intellectual, political and security campaign targeting violent extremist groups for at least 10 years now. Despite efforts, these groups are increasing in number. Al-Qaeda, as a concept, an organization, a set of activities and a set of individuals, has proven that it is a contagious disease in many areas of the region. Explaining how we reached the point at which we find ourselves will take a long time, and analyses will vary as some will espouse a socio-political analysis describing it as a situation of rebellion and some will contend that it is a normal result of the region’s tragedies. Some think it is the product of the local extremist intellect that feeds off the events occurring around it.
This problem must be solved by addressing the root causes and not the symptomsAbdulrahman al-Rashed