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Saudi Arabia: No regression, no surrender

Mashari Althaydi

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“The Kingdom will continue to confront terrorism and extremism, and carry out its leading and developmental role in the region.”

This was the clear message conveyed in King Salman bin Abdulaziz’s speech before the Saudi Shura Council two days ago.

Its meaning is clear, and it stipulates that whoever bets on a trembling Saudi state or on “regression” in its stance in terms of confronting “extremism” – and not just terrorism – must review himself first!

When we say confronting extremism, this means addressing the roots of the malaise instead of just getting preoccupied with addressing its symptoms. This disease that fragmented Arab security and the entire world’s security due to terrorist groups, ISIS, Al-Qaeda, Hezbollah, the Revolutionary Guards and the Houthis, is the ideology which inspires all these murderers and evil groups.

Educational and intellectual confrontation is the main point, and it’s the task of intellectual, wise and educated men with, of course, the support of the state and the society. The state’s task though is to legally pursue these figures and groups

Mashari Althaydi

Ideology is the battle’s arena, and it is its headline and tool. It’s not just the terrorist act that we see on the surface, such as explosions, assassinations, kidnappings, murders or suicide bombings as these are the results of heinous ideas that directed the acts of these murderous or corruptive creatures.

Confronting extremist factories

The first factory of this fatal intellect is the Muslim Brotherhood factory whose thoughts like hakimiyyah, jahiliyyah, emotional isolation etc… The theoretical kit we know comes from people like Sayyid Qutb, Hassan al-Banna, Sa’id Hawwa, Al-Sawwaf, Fathi Yakan, Muhammad Qutb, Safar al-Hawali and others.

Hence, educational and intellectual confrontation is the main point, and it’s the task of intellectual, wise and educated men with, of course, the support of the state and the society. The state’s task though is to legally pursue these figures and groups, hold them accountable and spread media and educational awareness, and this is what Arab countries, including Saudi Arabia, have begun doing.

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Among the political manifestations of this confrontation is the boycott of Qatar, which “melted” in the Brotherhood’s cup and utilized itself to serve them. Among its other manifestations is confronting the Khomeini Iranian project, which is in its essence the major fruit of the political Islam tree. This helps us understand the current mutually beneficial cooperation between Erdogan’s Turkey and Khomeini Iran.

Many hoped that the storm of Khashoggi’s murder will become a tool to intimidate Saudi Arabia and prevent it from resuming the confrontation of extremist groups – I repeat extremism and not just terrorism – or at least reduce its momentum in confronting the Brotherhood and Khomeinist Iran.

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman’s pledge to resume the battle against extremism and protect Islam and moderation from the harm and evil of these groups is the clear cut answer to the Brotherhood’s campaigns, and to those who chew the Brotherhood and Iran’s propaganda, such as the malicious American and western left whose most recent shameful acts was publishing an article for an international terrorist, i.e. Mohammed Ali al-Houthi in the Washington Post! Really, what a shame.

This article is also available in Arabic.

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Saudi journalist Mshari Al Thaydi @MAlthaydy presents Al Arabiya News Channel’s “Views on the News” daily show, “Maraya.” He has previously held the position of a managing senior editor for Saudi Arabia & the Gulf region at pan-Arab newspaper Asharq al-Awsat. Al Thaydi has published several papers on political Islam and social history of Saudi Arabia. He appears as a guest on several radio and television programs to discuss the ideologies of extremist groups and terrorists.

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