Friday, October 05, 2007

Something To Cheer About

According to the Counterterrorism Blog, the Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdel-Aziz Al-Asheikh, the most senior Wahhabi cleric in Saudi Arabia, released a religious edict at the beginning of October instructing “Saudis not to leave the Kingdom to participate in jihad – a statement directed primarily at those considering going to Iraq. Al-Asheikh said that he decided to speak up, 'after it was clear that over several years Saudis have been leaving for jihad' and that 'our youth…became tools carrying out heinous acts.' Perhaps even most significantly, Al-Asheikh also addressed potential donors, urging them to 'be careful about where [their money is] spent so it does not damage young Muslims.'"


Bob said...

For years the Saudis have been encouraging the "beards" to jihad (outside of Saudi Arabia of course) as a way of ridding their country of their more energetic population.

Too successful?

My favorite intel site on the Middle East. vouched for by someone who knows but who can not be mentioned.........

Don Pesci said...

I know. The Saudis have been part of the problem. But this is an encouraging sign. Others are the drop in terrorist activity in September and a sea change is areas that previously were havens for terrorists. The Saudis probably fear Iran, and the jihadists didn't create a friendly atmosphere in centers they had taken over. Banning smoking in Iraq was a real dunderheaded notion.