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Old 08-26-2016   #1
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Default KSA: 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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