Saudi Press Roundup
The terrorist attack on Al-Ridha Mosque in Al-Ahsa was a criminal, ugly and cowardly act. Killing of innocent civilians and attacking places of worship is not sanctioned by any religion.
What religion do these terrorists follow? For sure it is anything but Islam. It is a criminal ideology, which seeks to weaken Muslims and malign Islam. These terrorist organizations are evil by nature and have no religion. These outfits target all of us without any discrimination. These terrorists hate peace and harmony. Undoubtedly, these unscrupulous elements want to spread evil and destruction in our country and desperately want to drive a wedge between our people.
Explosives and weapons found by the security authorities in different parts of the Kingdom clearly suggest that “certain forces” are conspiring against Muslims and Islam.
However, the Kingdom’s security forces will continue their fight against terrorism. As regards our role as citizens, we have to forge unity among our ranks because unity is a deadly weapon against sedition and terrorist plots. We should understand that these terrorist operations are targeting our national unity.
Therefore, heads of families have to draw the attention of his family members to the magnitude of danger our country and its people are facing. We need to stand together against those who are targeting our social fabric and to learn lessons from what is happening in other parts of the Arab world.
Nevertheless, the security organs will continue to hunt down terrorists even those beyond the borders. The Saudi security apparatus has foiled many terrorist attempts and will continue to do so.
— By Aiman Al-Hamadi
No room for sectarianism
THE terrorist attack on Al-Ridha Mosque in Al-Ahsa was yet another attempt of “certain forces” to divide Saudis along sectarian lines.
Such attacks are part of a plot against Saudi Arabia so as to push the country into the abyss of sectarian warfare like other countries in the region.
This terror attack is the continuation of the attempts to harm our national unity. These attacks indicate the desperation of the enemies of Saudi Arabia. Fortunately, Saudis have completely rejected the idea of sectarianism and stand together as one body against any danger facing their country. Saudis are fully aware of the fact that sectarian divisions only help their enemies.
It is not secret that there are international satanic forces, which are working hard to push Saudi Arabia into the abyss of a devastating civil war.
To that end, they are exploiting indirectly evils of sectarianism and their agitators to implement their project, a matter that should be understood by the agitators of hatred in our country.
It is no coincidence that members of Daesh in Iraq and Syria have joined hands with extremist elements within the Kingdom to spread hatred among Saudis. Fortunately, they have so far not been successful. Saudis, however, should tread this path very carefully and foil all anti-Kingdom attempts.
— By Hani Al-Dhahiri
Lebanon going the Syria way?
The position of the Lebanese Foreign Ministry, which is following Iranian diktats and opposed to the Arab consensus at the meetings of the Arab League and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation is not new.
Earlier, Saudi Arabia dealt with Lebanon’s position at Arab and regional meetings as part of an internal crisis between the “March 14” and “March 8” forces but, however, the latest position (of Lebanon) indicated another change, which was rejected by Riyadh.
Today, Lebanon’s foreign policy is no longer part of a wrangle between Lebanese parties but, rather, became a title for a country being kidnapped and directed to another course.
Since the beginning of the Syrian crisis, Lebanon has gradually slipped into the Iranian project in the region and is being practically ruled from Tehran.
The one who traces back the Syrian disengagement from its Arab surroundings, which actually began in June 2000, will find that Lebanon is moving steadily in the same direction. The Lebanese political parties have no longer any role in political developments where the state institutions have been hijacked including judiciary in a manner never experienced before.
The most striking example of Iranian hegemony over Lebanon is the interference of Hezbollah in the Syrian war, blocking of the House of Representatives to elect a president to cope with Iran’s desire of not having a president under the umbrella of the Taif Accord and attempts to draft the constitution that will allow Hezbollah rule Lebanon.
The growing Iranian role in Lebanon came through the Lebanese-Lebanese rifts and, additionally, Tehran managed to spilt the Christian parties and forces, which perhaps lately discovered that they had become a tool for the implementation of the Iranian plan in Lebanon.
No doubt the step taken by Samir Geagea to select Michel Aoun as a candidate for presidency has united the Christian forces and made Aoun a symbol for Christians and not the “March 8” forces.
This step was possibly designed to take out the majority of the Christian forces from the Iranian hegemony and if supported by “Mustaqbal” party it would cut off the road to the cancelation of the Taif Accord, which is the stumbling block of the Iranian project in Lebanon.
—By Daowd Al-Shiryyan
At this point in time, it has become important for intellectuals, historians and journalists to openly write about a country (Iran), which has adopted the path of aggression and terrorism to spread its wings in the region.
They should make genuine efforts to expose a country, which wants to spread hatred in its immediate neighborhood for its own interests and want to establish its hegemony by promoting its divisive policies in the neighboring countries. It has already to a great extent succeeded in its mission in countries like Iraq, Lebanon and Syria.
Writers should write about a country whose influence reached Yemen through Houthi militia and which instigated sectarian strife in Bahrain, in Awamiyah (Saudi Arabia) and which continues to occupy three islands of the United Arab Emirates.
Iran cannot get away with its crimes. We are in the era of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, who is known for his decisiveness and determination. Tehran should not forget how Saudi Arabia foiled its plans in Yemen by launching the “Operation Decisive Storm.”
— By Mona Yusuf Hamdan
Serving the country
The National Transformation Program (NTP) has been dealt with by so many people and those interested in local affairs since its announcement by Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
The announcement seems to be a direct request to the local community components to brainstorm and put forward suitable ideas together with a direct request from the deputy crown prince to propose criticism, review and correction.
Waiting for the final announcement of the project (NTP), we would like to ask here: Will the Saudi civic community be part of the agenda of the program?
Away from the philosophical discussion, civic community is simply meant the activity of community independently from the government.
Saudi community is a young community where youths represent a considerable share of its gross social product that are moving actively at local levels and could be easily tracked through social media.
They interact actively with their problems and only need a correct compass though a roadmap led by an institutionalized work to serve the (youth) entity as a whole.
We have witnessed in the community those who criticize corruption, ask for social justice, reject fake certificates, fight erroneous social and tribal traditions, interact with leadership in major events, and devotedly engage in voluntary works, internally and externally.
The Saudi cultural weigh as a Muslim country necessitates that the civic community works as a spiritual and ethical ambassador (envoy) that will enhance the value of the Kingdom in the international community.
The civic community (with Saudi imprint) will also stand as a protective buffer against the hegemony of the western culture and refute its allegations of its respect to peoples and their options and, thereby, the civic community will give a political support to the country in a manner that the West will understand it.
— By Tariq Al-Oradi
Importance of media
Through our media, we need to strengthen our unity, reflect tolerance of our religion and our country’s moderate position.
We also have to highlight the Kingdom’s struggle for peace and fight against terrorism as well as our rallying support behind our religion, country and leadership.
We do not want the message of media be a factor that may split the community into affiliations and factions that will, in turn, weaken the country and easily penetrate into its security and social fabric and, accordingly, hamper security and development.
We have to consider what happened to people located near our country or far away; how they faced difficult situations.
In his last address at the Shoura Council, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman drew up a roadmap for Saudi media or writers including newspapers, social media, and TV on topics dealing with our local and political issues.
I have called, as others did, for putting aside political and intellectual differences because we, at this particular stage, need more cohesion, unity and exploring the future of the country and its stability.
— By Hamad bin Abdullah Al-Qadhi
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