Saudi engineer and former member of the Qatif municipal council, Nabih al-Barahim, was the target of an assassination attempt last week. People are still reacting to this attempt to assassinate Barahim who is a patriotic man known for defending his land. This is a hideous crime. Priot to that, Shiite judge Mohammed al-Jirani was abducted. And now Barahim has now been targeted.
These developments also point to the importance of war against weapons which are not under the state’s control. In Al-Awamiyah, there are groups of people which tried to defect from the state by investing in smuggled and unlicensed arms.
There are incendiary terrorist cells that can be described as the Shiite version of ISIS as they are not different than the Sunni ISIS. Their aim is to disrupt peace, target security personnel and plant terror in the hearts of loyal patriots who defend the country’s unity. Their objective is also to hamper the implementation of economic and development projects.
Their aim is to disrupt peace, target security personnel and plant terror in the hearts of loyal patriots who defend the country’s unity.Turki Aldakhil
There are individuals have tried to silence voices criticizing terrorism and tried to violate the law. But moderate Shiite figures who criticize Shiite extremism from within will not be silenced by the threat of arms.
Criticism of extremist Shiite and Sunni ideas and legacies is mainly done by elites from within these two sects. This yields results as their criticism is more accurate than others’.
Nabih al-Barahim has been steadfast against violence. He embodies the homeland’s message and represents the spirit of tolerance and unity. May God heal him and we hope he recovers soon.
This article was first published in Okaz on March 19.
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.