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Posted on 12/12/2005 6:20:02 AM PST by Esther Ruth
Saudi king offers solutions By Claude Salhani December 12, 2005
JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia. At 85 years of age, Saudi King Abdullah remains a man full of political ambitions. After only recently succeeding his long-ailing brother, Fahd, as king, Abdullah now is running for the job of leader of the Arab and Islamic world. Vowing to fight the endemic terrorism plaguing parts of the Islamic world, and which shook the kingdom two years ago when homegrown terrorists unleashed nationwide violence, the Saudi king decided action was far better than inaction. In fact, Abdullah adopted the project of another king, also named Abdullah. Jordan's King Abdullah launched an initiative earlier this year to unify various Muslim schools of thought and ban fatwas, or religious edicts, from just about anyone for political reasons. With the aim of curbing radicalism in Islam and addressing a slew of social, economic and political ills affecting the Islamic world, the Saudi king convened an extraordinary session of the Organization of the Islamic Conference for a two-day working session in Mecca, Dec. 7-8. "The recent manifestation of extremism, violence, and terrorism that are plaguing Muslims and non-Muslims alike has alarmed Saudi Arabia and made it clear that an endemic problem currently exists in the Islamic world," said the king in a "highly confidential" policy document made available to United Press International. Nawaf Obaid, a Saudi security adviser, told UPI, "King Abdullah realizes that at no other time in history has the Islamic world been so leaderless." At the end of the two-day Mecca summit, a "Conference Policy Document" was released in which the Saudi king outlined several points to address issues affecting the Islamic world:
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King Abdullah proposes "a zero-tolerance" toward purveyors of hate and urges an open and respectful dialogue among the world's faiths and civilizations.
Eradication of all forms of terrorism: Global terrorism represents one of the greatest threats to both the Muslim and non-Muslim nations. Building on the kingdom's success in its war on terror, the king would like intelligence and expertise to be shared across the Islamic world to fight radical politicized Islam. King Abdullah believes that joint action can eradicate the "scourge" of terrorism.
And, finally, the king wants stronger measures against Islamophobia in non-Muslim countries: Many Muslims have been the target of ethnic hate since the horrific terrorist attacks against New York City and the Pentagon. The king has given priority to carrying out policies that address this concern.
The king is concerned by the "diminishing position of Muslims in the international arena." He referred to the Arabs' and Muslims' inability to prevent the U.S. invasion of Iraq war as well as to influence establishment of peace in the invasion's aftermath.
At least they are admitting that terrorism is a problem. Given where they were five years ago, this conference represents progress.
You must open Saudi society and permit the establishment and practice of all faiths & religions, including Christianity & Judaism. You must allow the free, fair and open debate of ideas in Saudi Arabia.
I always thought an end to terrorism must come from within Islam. This is at least a start.
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