A joint statement by Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain last week placed several individuals and institutions, either funded by Qatar or are Qatar-based, on a terror list. This is a heavy blow to extremism. Decisive measures will be taken against entities and individuals and the latter will submit to international law. This is a new chapter in fighting terrorism and its sources.
The list did not only include those who are fighting or whose hands are stained with blood but it included those who are accomplices in murder, violence and terrorism. One of them is the godfather of suicide fatwas (religious edict) which are described as “guerrilla” operations.
All organizations have been inspired by these fatwas as they provided them with justifications to kill themselves, murder others and infiltrate civilians to kill as many children, women, men and elderly people as possible. His followers voiced surprise he was listed although a quick look on his fatwas, lectures and seminars have enough of these justifications to make him a terror icon par excellence.
The time we live in today is completely different. American President Donald Trump’s stance from the Muslim Brotherhood is different than the stance of his predecessor Barack Obama. Trump views the Brotherhood as a terrorist group that produced extremist ideologies which inspired terrorism from al-Qaeda to ISIS. Obama, however, thinks the group is a political movement that has the right to participate in governance and he encouraged its leaders and entities.
Neglecting its expansion in the world for eight years greatly influenced the spread of terrorism in Europe, United States and countries in the region because the Brotherhood is against the state and against the concept of citizenship. The Brotherhood thinks homelands are idols and that rulers lack legitimacy as the only one who has the right to rule must be from within the group and must be ideologically affiliated with them, otherwise there is no pledge of allegiance.
The joint list marks the beginning of a strong transformation in the mechanism of combating terrorism. Countries’ silence over terrorism is itself an act of terror by all standardsTurki Aldakhil
The Brotherhood infiltrated the West in an unprecedented manner and contributed to infuriating immigrants and exploited the pains and tragedies of Muslims especially after the Syrian crisis. German Philosopher Jürgen Habermas noticed this particularly as his country hosts the biggest number of refugees and he’s alarmed by this issue.
In the book “Philosophy in a Time of Terror,” Habermas said: “The global terror that culminated in the September 11 attack bears the anarchistic traits of an impotent revolt directed against an enemy that cannot be defeated in any pragmatic sense. The only possible effect it can have is to shock and alarm the government and population. Technically speaking, since our complex societies are highly susceptible to interferences and accidents, they certainly offer ideal opportunities for a prompt disruption of normal activities. These disruptions can, at a minimum expense, have considerably destructive consequences. Global terrorism is extreme both in its lack of realistic goals and in its cynical exploitation of the vulnerability of complex systems.”
Countries’ list of terror allows them to call a spade a spade. For a long time now, the only party held accountable for terrorism has been the murderer while inciters have been ignored and not listed. Inciters are accomplices to murder.
After all that Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the UAE suffered from as a result of these terrorist individuals and cells, it turned out that they had only crushed and eliminated certain terrorists while their groups kept breeding dozens of them. Therefore, they had to dry out these swamps instead of desperately killing insects around them.
The joint list marks the beginning of a strong transformation in the mechanism of combating terrorism. Countries’ silence over terrorism is itself an act of terror by all standards. The same applies to harboring and celebrating terrorists or covering up dangerous terrorist operations.
I hope countries in the region partner up in this war against terrorism. It is no secret that the list was announced few days after Trump, King Salman and Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi inaugurated the Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology – named “Etidal” or moderation.
What’s more important is for others to think before they act. This is a decisive phase. The times of “half terrorists” and of condemning practices but then explaining and justifying them has come to an end. The world is now uniting against words and deeds related to terrorism. No criminal will get away with his crime.
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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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