November 27, 2007

Good News! Saudis Release 1,500 al Qaeda

By popular request, this story from our 'friends' the Saudis. Sun:

"The committee has met around 5,000 times to offer counseling to 3,200 people, who were accused of embracing the takfir ideology. The committee has successfully completed reforming 1,500 people," he said.

The ideology of takfir is prevalent in both fundamentalist interpretations of Sunni and Shiite Islam, and it holds that there are separate rules that allow Muslims to kill, lie to, and steal from nonbelievers.

Yesterday, an American intelligence analyst who was following the story said he was wary about the release of the prisoners. "This Saudi process of reform has been so opaque. What no one knows right now is whether the people who have gone through this program have pledged to stop practicing terror or whether they are only pledging to stop terror inside the kingdom."

Next for the newly released militants? Iraq.

Saudi Arabia:
Gang rape victim = lashes

al Qaeda terrorist = counseling.

Mahvelous country you got there.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:33 AM | Comments |