Terrorism entered its bloodiest and most brutal phase following the recent bombing at the Prophet’s Mosque in the city of Medina. The terrorist operation was carried out a few meters away from the tomb of Prophet Mohammad. The explosion targeted security guards, visitors, passers-by and those seeking refuge at the holy site of the Prophet’s Mosque.
When we first witnessed terrorist operations in the late 1990s, some people believed the justifications behind them. These operations first targeted Americans then Christians.
They later began to target policemen and government employees, and to besiege and blow up diplomatic institutions. They went as far as murdering mothers and targeting the Prophet’s Mosque. If they could, they would bomb the prophet’s tomb and blow up the Kaaba.
If they could, they would bomb the prophet’s tomb and blow up the KaabaTurki Aldakhil
This escalating terrorism carries the same seeds that some justified a quarter of a century ago by resorting to excuses, such as US interference and Israel’s occupation of Palestine. Extremist organizations – al-Qaeda, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Hezbollah, the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) – all serve the purpose of murder. They aim to crush people, kill them and deprive them of their dignity regardless of who they are.
The explosion at the Prophet’s Mosque was the last fig leaf as it exposed all verbal fabrications.
To those offering justifications and describing ISIS as brothers who have wronged us, we ask them whether they have decisive stances regarding this recent dangerous escalation. Or has this tragedy against Muslims and humanity not elicited a shred of mercy or dismay in them?
This article was first published in Okaz on July 7, 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 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.