They send their children to universities and others’ sons to war fronts

Those who benefitted from the counseling program in Saudi Arabia really dropped a bombshell when they spoke about their experiences during the conference – Extremism, Between Deceptive Theorization and Ominous Reality – at the Imam Mohammad ibn Saud Islamic University.

They delivered terrifying testimonies about those who incited them. Badr al-Anzi, one of the men who benefitted from the program and repented, said: “Some (men) incited us to ‘save’ Islam. Prejudiced men misled us into thinking the society is an infidel and they told us that the state will torture us if we return home.”

When you try and convince a young man that his Muslim society is an infidel, you psychologically destroy him and then prepare him to be a carrier of explosive belt.

Hani, another man who repented, voiced his pain over such mad incitement. He spoke about one of the preachers: “He used to incite me to join the fighting while he prevented his own son from even registering at equestrian classes. Getting arrested was a blessing in disguise for me; otherwise, I don’t know where I would have been right now. I now work as a real estate marketing director in a major firm.”

When you try and convince a young man that his Muslim society is an infidel, you psychologically destroy him and then prepare him to be a carrier of explosive belt

Turki Aldakhil

Tragedies of a generation

These testimonies summarize the tragedies of a generation of young men, which has fallen victim to an extremist rhetoric of people who send other people’s sons into struggles and used them to fuel devilish wars.

At the same time, they look after their own sons and send them to the best and most prestigious universities.

They send their sons to western universities on state programs and try to send others’ sons to raging wars that we have nothing to do with. Is anyone aware of that? Are there any who will can still be deceived?

This article was first published in Okaz on December 29, 2016.
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, 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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