Holding instigators accountable

Saudi prisoner Hadi al-Baqmi broke hearts as he spoke about the influence of instigators. Hundreds of Saudi young men are fighting in battlefields that they were dragged to in a cold-blooded manner via religious sermons or lectures.

Like others, Baqmi was of course wrong in joining these battlefields, for which he has paid 10 years of his life. Meanwhile, his children grow up apart from him.

Accountability

Lawyer Abdulrahman al-Lahham decided to legally pursue those instigators to protect God’s religion and the country, and defend youths who are being recruited everyday via the internet or preachers’ sermons. Lahham said such cases put an end to extremists’ manipulation of young men.

Baqmi asked why his instigator’s fortune has increased, and why the latter gets to brag as he enjoys living in his castle while other people’s sons are dragged to their graves. He asked how this instigator gets to risk the lives of other people’s sons without venturing his own life. These are logical questions.

Holding instigators accountable is necessary, as our sons have been pushed to join bloody wars for 30 years now, and are being pursued and imprisoned while instigators remain on the loose

Turki Al-Dakhil

If the instigator is honest, why is he not among the ranks of young men who are being used to fuel wars? Baqmi says the preacher’s tears were one of the reasons he accepted to be recruited. “I thought he was honest because I saw him cry,” he said.

Holding instigators accountable is necessary, as our sons have been pushed to join bloody wars for 30 years now, and are being pursued and imprisoned while instigators remain on the loose. Holding those responsible accountable is legitimate and legal, as justice is the backbone of every country.

This article was first published in Okaz on May 16, 2016.
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Turki Al-Dakhil 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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