Friday, May 18, 2007

Saudi Press Reactions to the Arrest of Seven Terrorist Cells in Saudi Arabia

From Y. Admon and M. Feki of MEMRI

In an interview, Saudi Interior Minister Prince Naif bin Abd Al-'Aziz told the London daily Al-Hayat that the ideology behind the country's handling of the problem of terrorism was still "weak," and "not comparable to the efforts on the security level." Similar criticism was voiced by columnist Mamdouh Al-Muhaini: "The Saudi Interior Ministry's recent announcement of the exposure of seven cells that planned to carry out extensive violent operations exposed another aspect of the lax handling of extremism and terrorism on the ideological level. From the outset, it was clear that the perception underlying the program for fighting terrorism and extremism was flawed, that [the program's] steps were confused, and that it was operating without goals."

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