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Deprogramming Jihadists

The sunset prayer had just ended, and Sheik Ahmad al-Jilani was already calling his class to order. When the latecomers slipped into the front row, Jilani nodded at them briskly. “Young men,” he began, “who can tell me why we do jihad?”

The members of the class were still new and a bit shy. Jilani clasped his hands and smiled encouragingly. Before him, sitting in school desks, were a dozen young Saudi men who had served time in prison for belonging to militant Islamic groups. Now they were inmates in a new rehabilitation center, part of a Saudi government initiative that seeks to deprogram Islamic extremists.

Jilani has been teaching his class, which is called Understandings of Jihad, since the center was established early last year. A stout man who makes constant, self-deprecating references to his weight, the sheik is an avuncular figure, popular with his students. On thi

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Added: Dec-18-2008 Occurred On: Nov-7-2008
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  • I swear i saw Lasever in the front row.

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  • What a load of propagandist bullshit this is. The Saudi's have been propagating terror all over the world for over 30 years. They have spent billions of dollars propagating the Wahhabist interpretation of the Qu'ran and sponsoring Madrassas, especially in Pakistan and Indonesia. It makes me laugh to think that the 'War on Terror' completely bypassed the Saudi's.

    'If the Saudi rehabilitation program succeeds, it could reduce the ranks of dangerous extremists and have a far-reaching impact: domes More..

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    • Dude the entire middle east is corrupt...

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    • No way dude....

      Next you are going to tell me that every Western government has been keeping stumm because the Saudis have the oil.

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    • Wow thats a pretty bold statement. Answer me this then, if the Saudi's are so intent on creating extremism then why bother at all this this? Yes the nation of Suadi Arabia does follow a very strick and conservative form of islam, but thats there history man. The fact that they are building mosques elsewhere in the world is no different that all the christian missionaries covering the world.

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    • In reply to your question about Christian Missionaries I see no difference. As for why they bother; It is because they keep up the pretence of being friends of the western nations yet they endorse the proliferation of a radical interpretation of Islam, knowing they have the western governments by the balls due to our dependency on crude oil.

      As I said, I subscribe to no religion but the version of Islam that SA spreads is the biggest threat to us in the west. Probably as big as 'Christian' impe More..

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    • the Saudi Royal family claims they are Wahhabi Muslims

      Wahhabi are fundamentalists, the Saudi Royal family are not -- their people already know about their lush palaces and rowdy vacations overseas. the reason why Bin Laden left Saudi Arabia and created his organization is because of his interpretation of the hypocrisy of the Saudi Royals (besides American hegemony, in the region, and Israeli aggression against Palestinians)

      it's hard to say one area over there is more dangerous than the next More..

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  • i can Deprogramme them with a fiddy call and a handfull of grenades!

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  • Man, I wish this class was on video.

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  • HAHAHAHAHAHAHHAAAAAAAA....... wow. it seems sensitivity training has infiltrated every culture now...

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  • this is a better way to win the war on terror

    torture and airstrikes allow terrorist organizations to garner more recruits

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