Saudi Arabia and the Battle against Terrorism: Confrontation and Counseling

Saleh Ibn Bakr at-Tayaar’s book, “Saudi Arabia and the Battle against Terrorism: Confrontation and Counseling,” provides a thorough presentation on the history of terrorism in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, detailing the suffering the country went through because of destructive terrorist operations, and the Western and American media’s claims that Saudi Arabia supports terrorism. Moreover, the author has included in his books the statistics that shed light on the types of terrorism this country has faced, the terrorist operations, and the clashes between security forces and terrorists between 2003 and 2007.

Due to the negative impact of the global war on terror, including military involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan, many countries battling terrorism have turned their attention toward Saudi Arabia’s successful counseling program. Counseling is the key factor in the psychological and cultural battle on terrorism. It is for this reason that several countries sent their experts to the Saudi ministries of defense to learn more about this unique method of treatment.

Officials in the Kingdom realized that confrontation alone can’t solve the issue of terrorism. Developing security tactics can prevent terrorist operations, but it can’t solve the problem. Hence, the treatment of terrorism requires the development of methodological, economical, and educational plans, and process of enlightening in order to correct terrorists’ misconceptions and build balanced Islamic personalities.

Moreover, according to the book, the counseling center of Prince Mohammed Bin Nayef, is the complete opposite of the Guantanamo detention camp in terms of food quality, comfort and entertainment. The following committees work at the counseling center: religious, psychological, social, media, and security committees. These committees’ strategies and methods have proved successful according to the achieved results; 259 out of 270 inmates have repented and become productive community members, while 11 of them reverted to terrorism, which undoubtedly is an excellent result.

Al Qaeda’s atrocious management

The author talked about the emergence of Al-Qaeda in the late nineties, and identified the reasons for its rapid growth, its transformation into a terrorizing force, and indicated its leaders’ thought through its literature and books, such as “The Atrocious Management,” and its motto “bloodshed and destruction.” He also shed light on the long-term strategy of Al-Qaeda in the establishment of the caliphate in seven stages, which – according to their leaders – will be announced in 2016. The supposed capital of this caliphate will be Mecca.

Author of the book

Saleh at-Tayaar is a lawyer and legal consultant specializing in international trade relations, an international Saudi scholar, the current Chairman of the Arab-European Studies Center, and the member of a number of international organizations and bodies. He has published 13 books and numerous research papers, including “Terrorism and international conventions,” “The risks of nuclear power,” “Human Rights in Islam” and others. Although he specialized in international law, he is considered a specialist in terrorism, a topic which he has addressed a lot in his recent works.