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Saudi: Radical Islam Worse than Nazism By: Roee Nahmias
Ynetnews.com | Monday, August 22, 2005


Courageous words: Not everyone in the Arab world praises Osama Bin Laden and terror groups as heroes. Indeed, some Arabs have issues  scathing attacks on radical Islamic groups and they manner in which  they interpret Islam.

The criticism leveled at extremists by Saudi journalist Muhammad al-Sheikh, however, is unusual in its harshness. In two pieces published in Saudi newspaper al-Jazeera, and presented courtesy of the Middle  East Media Research Institute, al-Sheikh charged radical Islamists hold a similar, and even worse, ideology than radical Islam, and  should be treated as Europeans coped with Nazism.

The first article was published in July 10, following the release of  an extremist spiritual leader from prison. The release raises many  questions, al-Sheikh said.
 
"The man is one of the forefathers of terrorism and he is the one who  raised, through his books and radical interpretations, many of those  belonging to terror groups."
 
"They say a Jordanian court acquitted him of charges that include the  blowing up of American facilitiesŠ however, this dangerous terrorist  did something much worse: he seized upon the down-and-out situation of  many Muslim youths today in order to perpetuate violence, murder and  destruction forever. In order to plant deep roots for the idea of  suicide and to incite kids to commit suicide."
 
"This is the root of the problem," said al-Sheikh.
 
`Hating the other'

According to al-Sheikh,

"eradicating terror will only be possible by  doing away with the ideas that come from our society. A military  solution is not enough,"
he said.

"We must treat modern Jihad parties just as the Europeans treated  Naziism,"
he added.

"The ideas of radical Islam are similar to the ideas that drove the  Nazi ideology. If the economic freeze and national depression in 1930  led to the emergency to murderous Nazism, we can say that the economic and cultural failure that grip Arab and Muslim countries today,  together with the frustration of many Muslims, are once again driving this murderous philosophy."
Similarly, the common denominator is hatred and physical elimination of the other, al-Sheikh said

"I still believe that one of the first tasks for the international  community today should be to reconstruct its experience with Nazism  and cope with this barbaric, dangerous culture as it did with the Nazi  culture,"
al-Sheikh wrote.

"If this isn't done, the coming days could be very eventful and their  implications for the whole of humanity would be much more severe than  those of the World War,"
he concluded somberly.



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