The Candid Eye

July 22, 2010

Talibans in Kerala!!

The God’s Own Country has been taken over by Talibans at last.These Talibans are not Afghans but our own Muslim fanatics who attacked and chopped off the hand of the Professor T.J. Joseph.A professor of Malayalam, in Newman college, Thodupuzha.This barbaric act was done by members of Popular Front India(PFI), a Jihadi political party in India, with which Sonia led Congress has tie-up.

PFI Flag;Image Courtesy - Wikipedia

Professor T.J.Joseph did nothing wrong to incite a violence of this kind.All he did was setting up a question paper for university exam to punctuate a passage from a story with Mohammed as one the character.Soon after seeing the name,Mohammed, in question paper, the Student Front,the student jihadi wing of PFI, cirulated the copies of the question paper to sensitive Muslim areas.

As a result of this, the professor was suspended from the college and the university.He and his son were arrested and beaten-up by the police.The leaders of this terrorist political party,were the masterminds in Coimbatore bomb blast, that rocked Tamil Nadu in 1997.Professor T.J.Joesph did nothing wrong for him to be suspended in the first place.When this is the case,he has been brutally attacked in Taliban style and his hands were chopped off.

Police have recovered guns and ammunition from the offices of PFI.Intelligence Bureau report suggests that this organisation has links with Al-Qaeda, LeT, Taliban etc…The same PFI is also responsible for Love Jihad in India.

The Congress as usual remained silent.Not only they remained silent, they, in fact, are supporting  PFI.There was no nationwide debate on this Talibanization of Kerala on any news channel.Kerala has already become a sleeper cell for these Jihadi elements which do destructive work and kills innocent Indians with the help of Congress government.

While BJP setup a four member panel to look into this matter and also demanded for NIA’s (National Investigation Agency) probe into this matter,other political parties have condemned this brutal act of terror on this innocent professor.But Congress has not uttered a single word against PFI.Even though PFI is well known for its terrorist activities,Congress does not hesitate to join hands with them for the sake of votes.

Congress will stoop to any level to get into power.If Hafiz Sayeed were to be an Indian,they would also form coalition with him.They would simply forget 26/11 of Mumbai.Power & Money hungry congress babas will work hand in glove with Jihadis  to further weaken the Indian democracy and it’s 6 billion Hindu people.

Sources:

1. Congress goes soft on Kerala muslim terrorist organization.

2. 2010 – Hand chopping  incident in Kerala

3.Fanatics hack Lecturer’s  hand

You may also like to read the  following,

1. The Terror Masters of Kerala

2.Kerala’s biggest challenge – The fastest breeding Talibanization

3.Jihadis target Kerala women

4.Love Jihad – A Jihadi organisation to trap Hindu girls

5.Jihadis luring Kerala college girls for love

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March 3, 2010

ISI protecting IM founder Riyaz Bhatkal in Karachi

The attempts by the Pune police probing the February 13 German Bakery blast to track Riyaz Bhatkal may prove futile, since there is confirmation now that the founder of the Indian Mujahideen is safely ensconed in Karachi.

A police officer from Hyderabad, who is currently interrogating Ahmed Khwaja, a Lashkar-e-Tayiba militant currently in custody of Hyderbad police, told rediff.com that Bhatkal is in Karachi.

The official said that Khwaja was also questioned in-depth regarding the Pune blast, but he did not appear to know much about the plot.

Riyaz Bhatkal, the terrorist

“He has details of the Indian Mujahideen operatives and says that there are three key persons who control the IM. Bhatkal and Mohsin Chaudhary head the India operations, but they report directly to a man by the name Aamir Raza, who is a Pakistani national,” the officer said.

Khwaja also revealed that Bhatkal, who stayed in Dubai for a considerable amount of time, was asked to shift base to Pakistan at the insistence of the Inter Services Intelligence.

Indian Mujahideen

Bhatkal is a high-profile personality for them, and he is being protected by the ISI. Sources in the Intelligence Bureau told rediff.com that Bhatkal holds the key, and nabbing him would help crack the entire IM network in India.

The IB further adds that they have got information that Bhatkal has been housed under the protection of the ISI at the high-security Defence Enclave in Karachi, which show his importance for the ISI..

Karachi plot

The IB says that the interrogation of Khwaja and Shahzad (who was picked up by the Delhi police from Azamgarh, UP in connection with the Batla House case) have made one thing clear and that is the ISI was not planning on launching attacks in India with its Pakistan and Afghanistan based cadres.

Both Shahzad and Khwaja were aware of the Karachi plot (IB had sounded off a warning pertaining to a terror plot that was being hatched in Pakistan to target several Indian cities), and during their interrogation, their bosses told them that they needed to gear up for this.

The IB says that this is a worrying factor since the ISI is roping in Indian operatives for this plot. They are setting up their network in India and most of the heads of the India-based terror groups have been told about this plot, so that when they plan on carrying out the attacks, there would be no problems with the logistics.

The ISI, which plans on carrying out the Karachi plot with the help of the Lashkar-e-Tayiba, Al Qaeda and the Harkat-ul-Jihadi-Islami, will depend on Indian operatives for logistics and also to ensure that they provide a safe passage into the country for their fidayeen fighters.

January 21, 2010

The terror masters of Kerala

An article by Dr. Babu Suseelan

Most security and terror experts agree that the indifferent attitude of the Marxist government and the pro-jihadi policies of the Sonia government helped to furnish the stage set for the Mumbai jihadi massacre.

Saudi Arabia and Pakistan are the ideological, financial and training centers of the global Islamic terrorism. Now Dubai has joined the terrorists club. Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Al-Qaeda, and Laskhar-e-Toiba use Dubai for financing, recruiting and deploying jihadi terrorists against India. The Saudi ministries of Islamic affairs budgets billions of dollars for disseminating the “Word of Allah” throughout the world. The Saudi Religious Affairs Ministry finances thousands of mosques in Kerala and different parts of India. The Islamic goal is to abolish Indian Hindu culture and secular ethos and replace it with Islamo fascism.

Apostasy in Islam : Image Courtesy - http://www.bendib.com/

Thousands of Muslims from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Philippines, Somalia, and Sri Lanka are working in Dubai as labourers. They work below poverty level salaries and live in filthy labour camps. Pakistan jihadi recruiting agents and ISI target Muslims from Kerala with financial largesse. Recruited Muslims are sent to Pakistan for further indoctrination, and jihad terrorism training. Pakistan trained jihadis have penetrated every state in India. They have established a vast network of jihadis and additional training centers in different parts of India.

Dubai based Muslim businessmen use a complex financial money laundering web to provide infrastructure and financial support for the Islamic terror groups in Kerala.

Now, Kerala, the land of Sankaracharya has become a jihadi terror centre of India. Jihadis are running around with bombs and explosives targeting innocent people at will. Muslims in Kerala receive financial largesse from Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and from Kerala Muslims settled in Dubai. They have established a vast and complex financial, religious, media, and educational networks in Kerala to propagate Islamic extremism and jihadist interests. Through numerous charitable organisations, business houses, news papers and television, jihadis have successfully recruited thousands of terrorists for the Islamic jihad against India.

New Age Islam Niqab in Europe : Image Courtesy - http://www.newageislam.org/

Thejas, a jihadi owned daily in Malayalam receives enormous amounts from Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Iran and Pakistan. Thejas is in the forefront in supporting Islamic terrorism against India. It is the mouthpiece for SIMI, PDP and NDF. These organisations are declared as terror outfits by security agencies. It’s most dangerous effect being its cultural, political, and intellectual influence in various fields.

Recent arrest of Soofia Madany, Thadianteavide Nassir, Umar Forooqi, Halim, Majeed Parambil, Tajudeen, Sabeer and Shuhoe and several jihadi terrorists reveal a complex system of material support they have received from Pakistan and Dubai. Jihadi terrorist groups pay through Thejas daily for Marxist intellectuals, phony social leaders, fake Human Rights groups for drafting and placing Op-Ed pieces, conducting outreach events, organising Press conferences, and arranging political party leaders visit to Dubai.

PDP leader Abdul Nasser Madany who was implicated in Coimbatore bomb blast case where 93 people were killed has defined their goal in one of his speech. The mischievous orator stated that “There was no way that Islamic society could compromise with Hindutva”. “Islam would prevail in India.” “There is no middle ground.” As a consequence he echoed Al-Qaeda in believing that only by purging secular influences and returning to “true Islam” could the Islamic world ever recover its past glory. His views and attitudes towards the Marxists are known as well. Yet the Marxist party made an unholy alliance with jihadi Madany and his Islamic party PDP. His wife Soofia Madany is now implicated in Kalamessari bus burning case, Ernakulum, Kozhikode and Bengaluru explosions and several bombing and arson cases.

For several years, the Congress government and the Marxist government have showed absolutely no desire for the investigation of several jihadis bombing in Kerala. When Madany was arrested and handedover to Tamil Nadu for Coimbatore bomb blast case, by the Marxist Chief Minister Nayannar, Jihadis hatched a plan to murder Nayanar. The Marxist and the Congress government refused to arrest and prosecute jihadis for the murder plan. The Congress and the Marxist governments stalled the investigation. The jihadis were whisked out of the country before they could be arrested. The Marxist government contented that their whereabouts are unknown.

Later in December 2009, Thadiantaveede Nassir was quickly whisked out of Bangladesh where he was planning bombing against American and Indian embassies in Bangladesh. He revealed jihadis involvement in Kalamassery bus hijacking and burning, Kzhikode bomb blast, Ernakulum explosion, bombing in Bengaluru and Mangalore. Most security and terror experts agree that the indifferent attitude of the Marxist government and the pro-jihadi policies of the Sonia government helped to furnish the stage set for the Mumbai jihadi massacre.

Islamic religious leaders who actively oppose Islamic extremists risk their lives. Witness the murder of Chekannur Maulavi and the lack of credible investigation of his murder.

There is a grand alliance among the Marxist party, jihadis and phony intellectuals and bogus secular activists. The Marxist government has allocated thousands of hectors of land for an Islamic University in Mallappuram. An Islamic Bank in Kerala is on its way. Government financés Islamic centres, Muslim academicians and the government also increased the Haj subsidy.

Financial experts suggest that vast sums of Pakistan printed counterfeit Indian currency have been found their way into the mosques, Islamic centres, real estate and Muslims businesses. The implications of this enormous amount of counterfeit Indian currency distribution are frightening. The Marxist and the Congress government authorities aided and abetted these jihadi culprits in their crime.

But it was only in the arrest of Tahadiantavide Nassir and the BJP ruled Karnataka police began prying into the web of terrorist bombing of Bengaluru, the magnitude of jihadi terrorism is recognised. With the money flowing in from Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Dubai, one can expect more jihadi terrorism in Kerala. Jihad war is an Islamic enterprise that will be always be with us. For Muslims, jihad war is constant and it will not change. Its methods and delivery systems are changing. From Islamic swords and clubs now jihadist have changed their methods to plane hijacking, bus burning, pipe bombing, “Love Jihad”, chemical jihad, cyber jihad, and kidnapping.

There is a vast jihad support network in Kerala. Since the Marxist government and secular political parties are sleeping with the jihadist and the government provides support services, special reservation, free college education, many of the Muslims have little motivation to live peacefully with the majority.

Soon the Marxist government and the Congress party will discover that the jihadi demands they have nurtured would haunt them. Since the High Court has made several comments on terrorism and love jihad, the Marxist government find itself in a dangerous paradox. Although Chief Minister Achuthanandan has come to understand the need to sever all connections to jihad terror groups, he stands alone in their own pro-jihad party.

Now the Marxist government has arrested Soofia Madany, the ring leader in several jihadi terror incidents in Kerala and Karnataka. Nevertheless, the Marxist government has much to answer in their delay in investigating and arresting dangerous jihadi terrorists. The Marxists and the Congress party and pseudo secular elites have created the monster of jihadism in Kerala and exported it to neighbouring states. Now the monster has grown in an enormous size and the general public is in danger.

In addition to these new developments, there are additional ineptitudes of the Marxist government. One of these is the Marxist government’s tendency to limit police investigation. Even more importantly, the Marxist government sympathises with them and takes psychological comfort in letting jihad criminals escape to Saudi Arabia, Pakistan or Dubai.

In sum, there will be additional terrorist attacks in Kerala is a virtual certainty. The general public wants to enjoy life and retreat into private life, drink hot tea and watch television. They are taught to believe that the government can do marvelous things, provide safety and security to the public in countless and unlimited ways. It is time of that to stop, and there are several ways the peace loving majority has to take. First democracy does not mean only to participate in voting. They have to be active, rise up and challenge the despotic Marxist government colluding with criminals. Second thing is longer term, but equally vital. Be active in politics and elect only leaders with nationalist interest and proven track record. In doing so, we must remember, we are choosing our future.

Source: Organiser

December 10, 2009

Musical ringtones on phones are banned

Musical ringtones on cell phones are banned according to this news report in Reuters.Hardline Islamic radicals consider music as a taboo as per Sharia.For these people,only Hadith or Koranic recitation is acceptable as ringtones.

 

Sharia Law Explained

Sharia Law Explained

Sacdiyo Sheeq used to love listening to Bollywood movie songs on her mobile telephone.But since hardline al Shabaab insurgents seized the southern Somali port of Kismayu, the 25-year-old’s life has changed.”Al Shabaab wants our ringtones to be only a Muslim cleric reading the Hadith or Koranic verse,” she told Reuters.

“I used to listen to my favorite Indian songs on my cell phone, but now I have just thrown that memory away.”Al Shabaab, which Washington says is al Qaeda’s proxy in the failed Horn of Africa state, wants to topple the U.N.-backed government and impose its own strict version of Sharia law.

The heavily armed group controls much of the south and parts of the capital Mogadishu, and courts run by its clerics have ordered executions, floggings and amputations in recent months.It has also banned movies, dancing at wedding ceremonies and playing or watching soccer in the areas under it control.

“We do not tolerate anything that may corrupt the people,” al Shabaab’s spokesman in Kismayu, Sheikh Hassan Yaqub, told Reuters by telephone. “We don’t allow anything that goes against our religion, especially music and sexy videos.”Ali Mahamud Yusuf, 19, fled his home in Kismayu after he was whipped in public last week by al Shabaab gunmen who had caught him listening to music and watching videos on his phone.

 

Sharia Law

Sharia Law

“I am still suffering from the 25 lashes,” Yusuf said. “They accused me of rejecting religion. I don’t want to tell you where I am now for security reasons. I am scared.”Fighting has killed 19,000 Somalis since the start of 2007, and while some residents credit the insurgents with restoring a semblance of order in some areas, al Shabaab’s strict rules have alienated many Somalis who are traditionally moderate Muslims.

But Kismayu residents said the rebel group’s latest rules on mobile phone ringtones posed yet another dilemma — since the faithful are not supposed to interrupt the Hadith (the word of the Prophet Mohammed), how are they supposed to answer calls?

December 3, 2009

The jihad factor in Fort Hood killings

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Barry Rubin is director of the GLORIA Centre, Tel Aviv, and editor of the MERIA Journal. His latest books are The Israel-Arab Reader and The Long War for Freedom: The Arab Struggle for Democracy in the Middle-East.He says how the Islamic Jihad factor played a very major role in this gruesome incident.

It drove Maj Hassan to kill fellow soldiers

How do we know the attack at Fort Hood was an Islamist terrorist act? Simple, Maj Nidal Hassan told us. He gave a number of clues but nothing’s more impressive than this one: Maj Hassan is the first terrorist to give an academic lecture explaining why he was about to attack. Yet that still isn’t enough for too many people — including the US President — to understand that the murderous assault was a jihadi attack. Maj Hassan also told us how the tragedy could have been avoided. But no one seems to be paying attention.

Instead of speaking about a medical topic, Maj Hassan’s lecture was: ‘The Quranic World View as it Relates to Muslims in the US Military’. He used 50 power-point slides.

Major Nidal Hassan : Image Courtesy - http://foxnewshealth.files.wordpress.com/

Maj Hassan is very logical. This is clearly not the work of a mad man or someone confused about what he was doing. Three topics are covered: What Islam teaches Muslims, how Muslims view the wars in Afghanistan and Iran, and how this might affect Muslims in the US military. Maj Hassan defines jihad as holy war, of course.

Now here’s Maj Hassan’s central theme. God forbids Muslims to fight against other Muslims in an infidel army. He quotes the Quran extensively to prove the point. Allah will punish anyone who kills a Muslim. A believer must obey Allah. Those who do enjoy great delights; those who don’t suffer torments in hell.

Next, Maj Hassan introduces the concept of ‘defensive jihad’, a core element in radical Islamist thinking. If others attack and oppress Muslims, then it is the duty of all Muslims to fight them, quoting the Quran he explains, “Allah forbids you…from dealing kindly and justly” with those who fight Muslims.”

Consequently, Maj Hassan understood his situation perfectly. To be a proper Muslim given his beliefs, he had to pick up a gun and join the jihad, Muslim side. He was not shooting Americans because he caught battle fatigue from soldiers he treated but because he believed that these soldiers must die at his hands.

The choice to act was forced on him when he received orders to ship out to Iran or Afghanistan. Would he choose the side of Allah and the Muslims, to be rewarded in heaven? Or would he join with the infidels, to be punished with hell? He made his decision.

In practical terms, if not in religious ones, his analysis misses an obvious and important issue: What if two groups of Muslims are fighting, cannot one side with one group, even if it has non-Muslim allies? After all, Americans don’t go to Iraq or Afghanistan simply to ‘kill Muslims’ but to defend Muslims from being killed. The Saudis, Kuwaitis, and Egyptians had no problem with using Western troops to save them from Saddam Hussein’s Iraq in 1991, for example. The Iraqi and Afghan Governments, made up of pious Muslims, do the same thing.

Arab nationalists who are Muslims can take this position more easily. But Islamists are fighting to seize control of all Muslim-majority states and perhaps of the entire world.

The true problem, then, is not that some Muslims help infidels kill Muslims, but that some Muslims help infidels kill Islamists. Maj Hassan never considered this point, in part and ironically, because he was a native-born American and real Middle East issues were abstractions for him.

But Maj Hassan tells us the possible ways out of his paradox, using quotes from the Quran. First, if the Americans ended the wars, then Muslims wouldn’t have to kill them. Second, it would be okay to be in the US Army if the Americans accepted Islam or agreed to become subservient to Muslim rulers (dhimmis).

Third, if the Muslim messiah came, he’d destroy Christianity as a false religion and set off the post-history utopia. He didn’t mention that this also involved murdering all Jews.

This brings up a valuable insight into Maj Hassan’s character. Although a Palestinian, he never verbally attacked Israel or the Jews. He considers himself American by nationality, neither Palestinian nor Arab. But he has a religion that directs his thinking. That’s why he is an Islamist and supports Al Qaeda, not Hamas.

As one moderate Muslim from Canada pointed out, the clothes he wore the day before committing his jihadi attack was not (as some sources put it in a silly manner) some martyr or even Arab garb but the clothing of Pakistan and Afghanistan. He is an Al Qaeda jihadi, having changed sides in the war on terror.

His conclusion takes on tremendous significance in light of what would happen at Fort Hood. He writes: “If Muslim groups can convince Muslims that they are fighting for god against injustices of the ‘infidels’; ie, the enemies of Islam, then Muslims can become a potent adversary ie: Suicide bombing, etc.”

And of course, these groups did so convince Maj Hassan. Why? Maj Hassan tells us: “God expects full loyalty. Promises heaven and threatens with hell. Muslims may seem moderate (compromising) but god is not.”

And at the very end, he proposes what might have been his own escape route: “Recommendation: Department of Defence should allow Muslim soldiers the option of being released as ‘conscientious objectors’ to increase troop morale and decrease adverse events.”

The fact that Maj Hassan’s lecture has not been the centerpiece of the whole post-massacre debate is a true example of how impoverished are the ‘experts,’ journalists, and politicians at dealing with these issues.

November 16, 2009

Pakistani Army ran Muslim extremist training camps, says anti-terrorist expert

The Pakistani Army ran training camps for a Muslim extremist group, at least until recently, with the acceptance of the US Central Intelligence Agency, according to France’s foremost anti-terrorist expert.Jean-Louis Bruguière, who retired in 2007 after 15 years as chief investigating judge for counter-terrorism, reached this conclusion after interrogating a French militant who had been trained by Lashkar-e-Taiba and arrested in Australia in 2003.

 

Pakistani Army

Pakistani Army

In a book in his counter-terrorism years, Mr Bruguière says that Lashkar-e-Taiba, which was set up to fight India over disputed Kashmir territory, had become part of the international Islamic network of al-Qaeda.

Willy Brigitte, the suspect, told Mr Bruguière, that the Pakistani military were running the Lashkar-e-Taiba training camp where he spent 2½ months in 2001-02. Along with two Britons and two Americans, Brigitte was driven in a 4×4 through army roadblocks to the high-altitude camp where more than 2,000 men were being trained by Pakistani regular army officers, he said.

“The links between the Lashkar-e-Taiba and the Pakistani Army are more than close. Brigitte observed this twice,” Mr Bruguière said. “When the camp was resupplied, all the materiel was dropped off by Pakistani army helicopters. And there were regular inspections by the Pakistani Army and the CIA.”

 

ISI-Taliban Nexus

ISI-Taliban Nexus

The US agency carried out spot checks to ensure that Pakistan was sticking to an agreement not to train any foreigners at the militant organisation, the judge said. “After 9/11, the Americans put pressure on the Pakistani Government to put more effective controls on the activities of the Islamic organisations linked to al-Qaeda,” he said.

Mr Brigitte, originally from the French West Indies, and other foreign personnel were moved out to another camp when the CIA was due to visit, Mr Bruguière said.The judge said that it was possible that the Americans had been turning a blind eye to the organisation’s training of foreign operatives.

It was not clear whether the Pakistani armed forces and ISI intelligence service were “playing the same game” as the Pakistani Government over Islamic terrorism, said the judge, whose book is titled Some Things that I Wasn’t Able to Say.

Source: Times Online

October 27, 2009

The Kingdom by Robert Lacey

Robert Lacey, a British historian noted for his original research which gets him to close to,often living alongside his subjects.He is the author of numerous bestsellers and also the author of “The Kingdom“.

An article about Saudi Arabia appeared in thestar.com.

***************Excerpts from the article*******************

In most countries, a generation gap means a struggle between aging conservatives and their young and restless critics. But in Saudi Arabia, an opposite kind of battle is being waged, and one that poses dangers for both the mega-rich kingdom and the West.

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia

It’s a high-stakes contest that will determine the future of the world’s biggest oil producer, the holiest sites of Islam, and the tiny kingdom whose influence has made it a geopolitical giant.

“In Saudi Arabia, the idea that you have to go to the young for progress is turned on its head,” says Robert Lacey, author of Inside the Kingdom. “It’s the older generation of Saudis, including the royals, who are more friendly to progress, and to the West. Fundamentalism is a belief … embraced by the young.”

Lacey says it’s also a product of the royal family’s history as the spear-carrier of Wahhabism, one of the most austere Islamic sects. And, he says, the society that produced Osama bin Laden, 9/11 and global jihad, now depends on an 85-year-old monarch, King Abdullah, to strike a balance among the entrenched conservatives, extremists and modernists struggling to steer Saudi Arabia’s course to the future.

It was Abdullah’s House of Saud that fought its way to power in 1932, and hammered three disconnected territories into one kingdom under the Wahhabi faith. But the extremism the regime nurtured brought the country to a near standstill and opened the way for radicals who mixed religion with violence.

“If it were not for Ibn Saud and his sons, the oilfields now called Saudi would probably be another overly affluent, futuristic emirate like Kuwait or Dubai, along the Persian Gulf coast,” Lacey says. “(They) would be totally separate from the holy places of Mecca and Medina – and would almost certainly be following a softer, more tolerant branch of Islam.”

Instead, the Saudi rulers’ adherence to Wahhabism led to decades of turmoil, starting with the oil boom of the 1970s, when wealth and contact with the West prompted a softening of traditional norms – followed by a violent backlash and the rise of militant Islam.

“The result of the oil boom was a religion boom,” Lacey said in an interview in Toronto.

The extremists doubled their efforts in 1990, when Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait brought thousands of American troops into the reticent kingdom. But an alleged bargain between the Saudi government and bin Laden – a payoff to keep the terrorist chief from attacking the royal family – went sour after 9/11. Ruthless attacks were launched against Saudi Arabia in 2003.

More recently, Al Qaeda militants have holed up in neighbouring Yemen, making it a base for cross-border attacks.

Now, says Lacey, “Saudi opinion has shifted, and sympathy for Al Qaeda has dropped. The sight of women in black abayas covered in blood made people line up with the government (against the militants).”

But animosity to “Western” liberalization lingers, stoked by media and schools that are run by conservative Islamists. The young, says Lacey, are especially vulnerable.

Saudi Arabia has an average income of about $25,000 a year, and nearly 80 per cent literacy. But dependent on oil wealth, it lacks jobs for its young, who make up 60 per cent of the country’s 28 million people: a generation that has higher education and expectations than their parents.

“It’s a deeply conservative, mistrustful population,” Lacey says.

King Abdullah has taken the fight to the fundamentalists’ own turf. He has funded a well-publicized militant rehabilitation project. And he is behind a $12.5 billion (U.S.) graduate research institute that will bring 21st century science and technology to Saudi Arabia, providing homegrown jobs and laying the groundwork for the future.

But the religious purists are already decrying plans to let men and women study together, as well as predictions that the institute will host large numbers of foreign faculty and students. The success or failure of the project will be a test case for Saudi Arabia’s evolution.

“At the king’s age,” says Lacey, “he knows there is little time to waste.”

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