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Saudi Arabia: There is no clash of civilizations

The battle is between al Qaida and “a global Muslim community of over 1.8 billion who see no conflict between their faith and being fully part of the wider world,” said an editorial in Arab News.

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Al Qaida’s true enemy is not the West, said Riyadh’s Arab News. It is the Muslim world. Over the past decade, in countries from Morocco to Indonesia, al Qaida has murdered thousands of Muslims. Its goal is to “dominate and control” the Muslim world with its warped theology. Sure, for propaganda and recruiting purposes, al Qaida plays up its hatred of the West, and it certainly plots spectacular attacks against Western targets. That’s because it needs to “convince Muslims that it is the avenging hand and sole standard-bearer in a struggle to defend Islam from Western control and contamination.” It promotes the “lie” of a clash of civilizations to win adherents. But that lie is exposed every time it kills a Muslim, and every time it betrays Islam by killing an innocent Christian or Jew in the name of religion.

The true battle is not between Islam and the West. The battle is between the “twisted, backward, and bankrupt philosophy” of al Qaida and “a global Muslim community of over 1.8 billion who see no conflict between their faith and being fully part of the wider world.” The battleground is in Yemen and Pakistan, and even in Saudi Arabia, and the troops that will win this war—indeed, that are already winning it—are not Western soldiers but “ordinary faithful Muslims.”

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