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Running people over: From Hezbollah to ISIS

Terrorism is one entity where only proofs and arguments differ

Turki Aldakhil

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Regarding the treacherous terrorist attack in the city of Nice, France’s president talked of “radical Islam.” But what does he really mean? Sunni and Shiite terrorism are similar.

With the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) claiming responsibility for carrying out the attack, which involved running over people by using a truck, we must be aware that Hezbollah has used similar tactics in the past. A Hezbollah leader once spoke about how extremists can use vehicles to run over people and noted how the murderer would be smiling because he was going to paradise.

Terrorism goes beyond religion and sect – a murderer is a murderer, whether he is sent by Baghdadi, to Bin Laden, Nasrallah or Mughniyah.

Terrorism is one entity where only proofs and arguments differ. The late al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden adopted Hezbollah’s method of blowing up buildings and burning embassies in the 1980s, as well as assassinations with the help of the late Imad Mughniyah, who was a senior Hezbollah figure.

Terrorism goes beyond religion and sect – a murderer is a murderer, whether he is sent by Baghdadi, to Bin Laden, Nasrallah or Mughniyah

Turki Aldakhil

Solution

The main idea is to establish a moderate Islamic culture that rejects all these groups. But this cannot be achieved only through international cooperation and strong leadership in the war against terrorism.

In Europe, where freedom to express sometimes even allows dangerous extremist discourse, it can become a breeding ground. So what can governments do to monitor them?

It’s a tragedy and a great catastrophe that this ugly attack was carried out with the help of a vehicle but the tactic was first used by Hezbollah and copied perfectly by ISIS.

This article was first published in Okaz on July 17, 2016.
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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.

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