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Old 08-26-2016   #1
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Default Saudi Arabia: Both the Arsonists and the Firefighters?

A superb NYT review 'Saudis and Extremism: ‘Both the Arsonists and the Firefighters' that presents both sides of the argument:http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/26/world/middleeast/saudi-arabia-islam.html?

This global issue has appeared here before in a couple of threads, notably on US policy and KSA (started 2007):http://council.smallwarsjournal.com/...ead.php?t=2119

This passage reminded me of a Monty Python sketch:
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..there is a gulf between Indonesian jihadists and Indonesian Salafis who look to Saudi or Yemeni scholars for guidance. The jihadists accuse the Salafis of failing to act on their convictions; the Salafis scorn the jihadists as extremists.
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Default Don’t Blame ‘Wahhabism’ for Terrorism

A NYT opinion by Mohammed Alyahya, a nonresident fellow at the Atlantic Council; his slim bio:http://www.atlanticcouncil.org/about...khalid-alyahya

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..blaming Wahhabism and Saudi Arabia for Islamist radicalism is a dangerous red herring. This single-cause explanation distracts from the complex political, economic and psychological reasons people join terrorist groups. In doing so, it impedes our ability to effectively fight terrorism.
Link:http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/20/op...errorism.html?
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Default The blame game: Is Saudi Arabia responsible for Islamist terrorism?

A somewhat strange article by RUSI staff, the actual title and sub-title being:
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The blame game; Holding Saudi Arabia responsible for Islamist terrorism lets Western governments off the hook
Link:http://www.ips-journal.eu/regions/mi...ame-game-2221/

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Conflating dangers of "radical" ideas with the causes of violent extremism risks ignoring the constellation of structural, individual and environmental factors that include, but are not dictated by, ideology, which are part of the radicalisation process. This has serious implications for counterterrorism efforts.
Scapegoating Saudi Arabia, and Islamic extremism more generally, as the preeminent drivers of terrorism allows Western nations to externalise the problem and avoid any form of societal introspection. That is not to say that Saudi Arabia cannot do more.
On a quick read it is remarkably similar to the previous article.
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