Teaching Terror: Violence Is Inherent in Saudi Education

[National Review] Nina Shea - Saudi Arabia now supplies jihad fighters for conflicts near and far, often in numbers far disproportionate to its size. The Saudi kingdom is the world's leading exporter of suicide bombers and terrorists. A Saudi was the mastermind of the terror in Chechnya, Saudis figured prominently in recent suicide attacks against Spanish tourists in Yemen, and a Saudi doctor was a principal in the attack against the airport in Glasgow. In Guantanamo, Saudis are the second largest contingent after those from Afghanistan. Saudi royal advisers, after reviewing the state's curriculum a few years ago, concluded: "[The Saudi official religious curriculum] encourages violence toward others, and misguides the pupils into believing that in order to safeguard their own religion, they must violently repress and even physically eliminate the 'other.'" The writer is director of the Hudson Institute's Center for Religious Freedom.

2007-09-21 01:00:00

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