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NEWS: The Two Faces of Saudi Leadership - still divided over Al-Qaeda

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posted on Jun, 30 2004 @ 08:04 AM
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An article that states the Saudi Royal House still divided over Al-Qaeda, shows the difficulties within the Saudi government to help with the war on terror. On one hand you have the amnesty ultimatum to Al-Qaeda and on the other you see a sermon broadcast over gov't airwaves calling on all muslims to defeat the deviates,(christians, jews)
 



Saudi Dvided over Al-Qaeda
The Saudi ruling establishment is still deeply split between reformist elements and those still willing to collaborate with the Islamic militants in order to derail even the most incremental changes in Saudi way of life.

This was evident in the decision by one of the country’s main official government-owned TV stations to air a recent sermon given by Sheikh Salah al-Budayyir.

In the sermon he says: "O Muslims, preserve the sanctity of Islam and protect Muslim society from being undermined by innovations, superstitions, sins, and offenses”.
The imam says: "O Muslims, the enemies of religion, including Jews,
Christians, atheists, and westernized deviates who rode their bandwagon,
continue to wage campaigns against the Islamic nation through the news media
and mail, whose contents are not secret to anyone. Their aim is to undermine
the faith of the nation, destroy its morals, wipe out its identity, and
divert it from its mission. Now how did Muslims face these campaigns? Did
they slam the door in their face? Did they fight them strongly? Did they
take the necessary precautions to stop the spread of evil and corruption"?

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

It seems that the religious leaders are fearing that if the middle east starts a trend towards freedom, this would doom the form of Islam they preach, they prefer to keep a firm foot on the neck of the Arabs and what better target for them to lash out against, the Jews and Americans.

[edit on 30-6-2004 by Zion Mainframe]




posted on Jun, 30 2004 @ 09:00 AM
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An example is these two stories are related here
 

Qaeda says Amnesty will Fail

With false pride, (Crown Prince) Abdullah announced an amnesty for the mujahideen who give themselves up and gave them a month to do so," the group said in its Muaskar al-Battar (Battar Camp) newsletter posted on an Islamist Web site.

The newsletter is published every two weeks.

"They thought that this would offer a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity which will see a huge response, but this is not expected to happen because it seems utter failure is the fate of this attempt to stop the jihad (holy war)."


Saudi militant urges others to repent



Saudi militant urges others to repent

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Jun. 30 (UPI) -- A Saudi militant who surrendered to authorities urged wanted terror suspects to follow suit, saying they will not regret it.

Saaban al-Shahri, who appeared on Saudi television Tuesday night, said he was living in a dark tunnel when he was an outlaw and could not wait to get out, stressing that "admitting a mistake is a good deed rewarded by God.

 

With the conflicting views coming from their own government it is not surprising that Al-Qaeda claims the amnesty will fail, the citizens are being drawn in two different directions by their own gov't..



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