Tidbits :: Sunday October 18, 2009
Applying Saudi Counterterrorism To The Afghanistan War: "The Saudi program views terrorists as confused and angry young men. It treats their extremism as a social disease bred by poverty, lack of education and xenophobia. They are not, in other words, the comic-book villains Westerners often perceive them to be. By reincorporating them back into society with social programs and reeducation, Saudi Arabia succeeds in curbing terrorism in the short term. In the long term, it understands that jailing or killing a terrorist makes him a martyr, whereas reforming and releasing him makes him a walking refutation to the terrorist zeal. Al Qaeda uses killed compatriots as a recruiting tool, but no one bombs a police station to avenge their cousin being forced to finger-paint."