How Saudi Wahhabism Is the Fountainhead of Islamist Terrorism

Soiurce:Newage Islam

The horrific terrorist attacks on the Charlie Hebdo weekly in Paris have led to speculation as to whether the killers — the brothers Chérif and Saïd Kouachi — were lone wolves or tied to masterminds in ISIS or its rival, Al-Qaeda. Although Al-Qaeda in Yemen has taken credit for the attack, it is unclear how closely the affiliate actually directed the operation. No matter which organizational connections (if any) ultimately prove to be real, one thing is clear: the fountainhead of Islamic extremism that promotes and legitimizes such violence lies with the fanatical “Wahhabi” strain of Islam centred in Saudi Arabia. And if the world wants to tamp down and eliminate such violent extremism, it must confront this primary host and facilitator.

Perversely, while the Saudi Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Awad Asiri took part in a “Je suis Charlie” solidarity rally in Beirut following the Paris attacks, back home the Saudi blogger Raif Badawi received the first 50 of 1,000 lashes he is due each Friday over the next 20 weeks. His crime? Running a liberal website promoting the freedom of speech. (Thankfully, in recent days it seems the Saudi authorities have buckled to international pressure and suspended the sentence.)


Categories: Asia

2 replies

  1. The House of Saud works against the best interests of the West and the Muslim world. Muslim communities worldwide certainly need to eradicate fanatical Wahhabism from their midst, but this will be difficult, if not impossible, to accomplish if the West continues its support of the House of Saud.
    An excellent and true analysis. With in western top circles realisation is there who is promoting terrorism on the name of Islam. Might be slowly and gradually Saudi Monarch is being eliminated. We have to wait and see.

    Given the status of Saudi Arabia in the islamic world as the custodian of its religion, how would confronting that country not be seen as anti-islamic campaign by the ‘crusaders’ and Jews?
    The first step should be taken by the muhammadans themselves, possibly through the OIC.
    There is a dilemma here.

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