Saudis Release 700 "Reformed" al Qaeda

I'm not sure which is scarier? Saudi Arabia trying to "correct" the thinking of those they disagree with or Saudi Arabia releasing al Qaeda sympathizers after they have been "corrected".


Saudi Arabia has released over 700 suspected militants after clerics "corrected" their thinking in a special programme aimed at stemming a three-year-old campaign of violence by al Qaeda, officials said.

"They are sympathisers. There are many of this kind of people, who are subject to the process of an advisory committee. Hundreds of them have gone through this and been released," Interior Ministry spokesman Mansour al-Turki said...

Fifi said he did not blame Saudi Arabia's controversial educational curriculum which foreign rights groups and Western governments have said promote extremism....

"The curriculum is not to blame since we've had it for over 30 years. The problem is some of the teachers," Fifi said.

The teachers are to blame. Right. Not a government which outlaws all other religions but Islam.

And these people consider themselves moderates. Hell, is there any one who doesn't consider themselves a moderate? Remember, bin Laden thinks of himself as a moderate and is said to have accused Zarqawi of being an extremist.

Hat tip: Infovlad.

Posted by: Rusty at 10:39 AM


1 Handing captured terrorists over to the saudis would be like sending captured SS soldiers back to the Nazi's in WW2.

Posted by: Improbulus Maximus at August 30, 2006 10:58 AM

2 In other words the ranks of al Qaeda have been dwindling and it is increasingly more difficultto find new recruits?

Posted by: Last gasp Larry at August 30, 2006 10:59 AM

3 Dang Maxie! You beat me to it again!

Posted by: Last gasp Larry at August 30, 2006 11:00 AM

4 "The curriculum is not to blame since we've had it for over 30 years..............." Translation: For over thirty years we have been able to keep the attention of our attack dogs focused elsewhere. Now that they're biting their masters, we have to "reform" them.

Posted by: Graeme at August 30, 2006 11:29 AM

5 I want to hear some on the far left gripe about this. Particularly the ones who shout, "Free Mumia" and lobby for letting Gitmo detainees go. I suspect we'll get more shining examples of hypocrisy and double standards.

Posted by: Oyster at August 30, 2006 11:34 AM

6 WOnder how long before these 700 show up as part of the body count of terrorists in Iraq?

Posted by: MCPO Airdale at August 30, 2006 11:46 AM

7 You guys just don't get it - it's all about the peace, man. The peace.

Posted by: Editor at August 30, 2006 12:05 PM

8 Oh, Oh.......time to head for the gun store. Got to stock up in case, you know, company comes from Saudi Arabia or somewhere like that. Just trying to be sociable ya know.

Posted by: n.a. palm at August 30, 2006 12:35 PM

9 Just how did these Saudi clerics "correct" the terrorists' thinking? By explaining that, yes, it's perfectly okay to kill infidels, just not in Saudi Arabia. Calling them savages is not perjorative, it's descriptive.

Posted by: pst314 at August 30, 2006 01:04 PM

10 All they had to do was sign a pledge promising to blame all the world's problems on Jews henceforth..

Posted by: goesh at August 30, 2006 01:31 PM

11 Are those sweet Muslims getting ready to come to school here?

Posted by: Leatherneck at August 30, 2006 03:43 PM

12 Why, yes, Leatherneck, I do believe they are. And they will probably buy an SUV, as that now seems the weapon of choice for the lone jihadist. Dammit, I'm now having to carry my .44 Magnum instead of my .45 Auto because my .45 won't stop an SUV. And that damn 4 in barreled .44 Magnum is just about as bad on the back end .......but not quite.

Posted by: jesusland joe at August 30, 2006 07:18 PM

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