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Betrayal by those closest to you!

The tragic news of the martyrdom of Badr Hamdi al-Rashidi brought to mind similar incidents when Saudis were betrayed

Turki Aldakhil

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The tragic news of the martyrdom of Badr Hamdi al-Rashidi, a member of the Saudi anti-terror forces in the central Qassim region, brought to mind similar incidents when Saudis were betrayed and killed by their relatives.

Colonel Nasser al-Othman was killed in April 2007 with the assistance of his own nephew. In Sept. 2015, Madous Fayez al-Anzi was killed by his cousins in Al-Shamli in Hail.

Security measures help succeed on one front in this war on terror, but not another front that is related to ideological rhetoric and educational awareness

Turki Al-Dakhil

Rashidi’s murder by his relatives comes nine years after this phenomenon of treacherous murder surfaced. So far there has been no progress in fortifying generations from extremist ideology, so we are left to be shocked by news of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Al-Qaeda and similar groups.

War on terror

It seems this battle will be long and difficult. Security measures help succeed on one front in this war on terror, but not another front that is related to ideological rhetoric and educational awareness. If this hideous crime passes without controlling speeches aimed at the public and addressing education, future incidents will be more catastrophic.

The kingdom’s admirable security success has amazed many countries, but if we do not work to achieve similar success in religious and educational institutions, we will be waging a war on infested fruits without uprooting the cause of the problem.

This article first appeared on Okaz newspaper on Feb. 29, 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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