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War on drugs
During the last four months, some 26 million capsules of amphetamine were seized, which is equivalent to the total quantity of the drug seized during the entire last year.
These figures indicate that organized criminal gangs have doubled their efforts to flood the country with illegal drugs. These criminals and their backers were under the wrong impression that the Saudi military’s preoccupation with Yemen might give them an opportunity to smuggle drugs into the Kingdom. They failed to realize that Saudi Arabia is already waging a war against drugs and consider it the number one enemy of the country. This war is not new. Saudi Arabia has been waging a war against drugs and narcotics for quite a long time now.
Enemies of the Kingdom, be they certain regimes or terrorist groups, are fully aware that fighting the Kingdom militarily is not an easy job or defeating it on the battleground is not possible. They (the enemies) also know that drugs can spoil generations of young people and undermine security, values and customs of a society.
Fighting against drugs is not limited to security agencies but is primarily concerned with families, which should keep continued vigilance on its members. Schools also have a vital role in combating drugs through observing behaviors of students and activation of student counseling sections. Schools should maintain close cooperation with the National Commission of Narcotics Control (NCNC) together with the parents who are the most concerned party.
We are facing a multi-faceted war waged by drug traffickers targeting our youths who make up 70 percent of the Kingdom’s population. But if drugs spread, we would be defeated without firing a single bullet.
— By Aiman Al-Hammad, Al-Riyadh

True nature of Hezbollah
We are following the developments in Lebanon and the decision of our country to suspend military aid to Beirut in the wake of irresponsible attitudes of Hezbollah.
The Saudi Cabinet has recently stressed the Kingdom’s continued support and assistance to Arab and Muslim countries where Lebanon had the lion’s share of that assistance to reflect Kingdom’s keenness over Lebanon’s security, stability and sovereignty.
We have seen the negative role of Hezbollah in Lebanon and Syria. In Lebanon, the party was behind the fragile political situation in a county that remained without a president for more than 20 months. The party was also behind destruction carried out by Israel on Lebanon following “heroism” claimed by the party in the region.
We have also seen the destructive role of the party in Syria and how its mercenaries have become a key element in military confrontations in Syria and how the party has become a stumbling block in the peace process.
Additionally, there is inextricable link between the party of Hasan Nasrullah and Iran where loyalty is not to the nation but to Ayatollahs in Tehran; that is the highest degree of treason. We have seen the tremendous gap between the name of the party and its behaviors on the ground. If the task of the party were to destroy, kill, collude with foreign powers, destabilize the country, then what would be the task of the “devil’s (satan) party”?
The satanic positions of the party will not stop our country in supporting Arabs and Muslims, and attempts to scuttle Arab ranks are satanic attempts and, therefore, I propose to mass media to correct the name of Hezbollah to “devil’s (satan) party”!
— By Rashid bin Huwail Al-Baidhani, Okaz

Liberating Lebanon
Saudi suspension of military aid to the Lebanese Army and its internal security forces was a natural, and expected, decision though it came late.
Saudi Arabia cannot continue supporting a hijacked country — a country that opposes Saudi positions and allies at all key forums and openly sides with its opponents on key regional issues.
It is true that Lebanon is an Arab country, as stated by more than one politician in that country commenting on the recent developments, but Lebanon today is under Iranian tutelage. Therefore, before talking about any improvement in Saudi-Lebanese relations, the Lebanese are required to liberate their country and stand in the face of “Hezbollah,” which is a minority party but has been dominating the state and changing the Arab identity of Lebanon.
This party (Hezbollah) is not interested in hardcore state affairs but rather it is interested in Iranian-Persian project in the region. It is just a tool to achieve the goals of the Iranian leaders, which is restoration of the Persian Empire.
The tragedy in this regard is that some politicians opposed to Hezbollah’s policies are talking about the return of $4 billion frozen by Saudi Arabia and the loss incurred by Lebanon following the Saudi suspension of military assistance but forget to talk about the biggest loss, namely the loss of their country’s dignity.
All Lebanese are asked to liberate their occupied country before calling for the restoration of Saudi assistance.
— By Sattam Al-Thaqail, Al-Eqtisadiah

The postponed summit
Morocco has taken a good decision by postponing the Arab Summit, which was scheduled this year. Moroccan King Mohammed V1 is fully aware that the atmosphere is not ripe to hold a successful summit.
Today, Arabs are wrangling in words and deeds and their bloods are shed in wars. The situation is as follows:
Two countries have no presidents (Lebanon and Libya), a regime is banned to attend the summit (Syria), a country whose president is not guaranteed to stay a night safely (Yemen), countries are busy defending their borders as conspiracies are hatched to undermine their national security (GCC), and a country witnessing infiltration of Persian expansion though it was earlier a fortified wall for the whole Arab world (Iraq). In light of the above situation, could hopes be pinned on the success of the summit?
— By Mohammed Marouf Al-Shaibani, Al-Bilad

Saudis going abroad
According to media reports, the number of Saudis abroad is rising and is estimated at one million, which should be carefully studied. Those Saudis did not go there for work because the Kingdom used to recruit foreigners to work for it.
Most probably, the Saudis living abroad are retirees or businessmen who, seemingly, favored living there for various reasons. Some of them are fleeing the “gloomy” environment, notably the elderly who are prone to depression and frustration, to communities dominated by tolerance and full of tourist and recreational destinations.
No matter how we try to escape from the subject matter, we live in a state of conflict between two groups, one group that wants to brush away gloom from our lives, and the other group, which believes that worldly life, is of no value.
This is well demonstrated in the expressions of horror in the faces of service providers at restaurants, groceries, pharmacies, or gas stations few minutes before prayer times where customers are expulsed inappropriately to avoid any direct confrontation with Haia members.
Scholars know very well that closure of stores during prayer times is not a religious duty and even not applied in the era of Prophet (peace be upon him) with the exception of the Friday prayer. However, people are still chased to close stores or women to cover faces.
This atmosphere, as an example, is unpleasant for the retirees who are looking for a social life full of joy. And in Saudi society, you may need special merit or a lot of money to enjoy life.
— By Abdulaziz Al-Sammari, Al-Jazira

Yemenis will thwart Iran’s plans
Before being appointed as adviser to the supreme leader of Iran, Ali Akbar Velayati remained the foreign minister of Iran for more than 16 years.
He is the one of the most influential voices in Iran and when he threatened to intervene in Yemen as they did in Syria supported by the Russians, he meant it. Accordingly, every word of Velayati has significance; the intervention in Yemen as the case in Syria proves that they plan to disintegrate Yemen and displace its population.
Perhaps signs of that planning are reflected in the activities of Al-Qaeda and Daesh in southern Yemen. The two groups used to work as spearheads of any Iranian intervention; the two are active in the face of any force trying to deter Iran’s power and Russian ambitions in the region.
The former Iranian minster also tried to convince us that Houthis are a political party and national movement, Houthis relations with Iran are merely diplomatic relations and that the (Arab) Coalition has exaggerated the dangers of Iran in Yemen.
Anyway, these statements, which came before the arrival of Russian defense minister in Tehran, made the Iranians feel more arrogant due to the support by a superpower.
Finally, the Yemenis will definitely frustrate this Iranian move.
— By Ghanim Al-Hamar, Al-Sharq