Masters Of War

Come you masters of war You that build all the guns You that build the death planes You that build all the bombs You that hide behind walls You that hide behind desks I just want you to know I can see through your masks. You that never done nothin' But build to destroy You play with my world Like it's your little toy You put a gun in my hand And you hide from my eyes And you turn and run farther When the fast bullets fly. Like Judas of old You lie and deceive A world war can be won You want me to believe But I see through your eyes And I see through your brain Like I see through the water That runs down my drain. You fasten all the triggers For the others to fire Then you set back and watch When the death count gets higher You hide in your mansion' As young people's blood Flows out of their bodies And is buried in the mud. You've thrown the worst fear That can ever be hurled Fear to bring children Into the world For threatening my baby Unborn and unnamed You ain't worth the blood That runs in your veins. How much do I know To talk out of turn You might say that I'm young You might say I'm unlearned But there's one thing I know Though I'm younger than you That even Jesus would never Forgive what you do. Let me ask you one question Is your money that good Will it buy you forgiveness Do you think that it could I think you will find When your death takes its toll All the money you made Will never buy back your soul. And I hope that you die And your death'll come soon I will follow your casket In the pale afternoon And I'll watch while you're lowered Down to your deathbed And I'll stand over your grave 'Til I'm sure that you're dead.------- Bob Dylan 1963

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Swap jihad for lush rehab: Saudi Arabia opens relaxation center for jailed Al-Qaeda extremists — RT News

Swap jihad for lush rehab: Saudi Arabia opens relaxation center for jailed Al-Qaeda extremists — RT News

The spokesman for the Saudi minister of interior General Mansour Turki (2R) is given a tour alongside other media representatives of a new centre for the rehabilitation of suspected "terrorists" and potential al-Qaeda recruits in Riyadh.(AFP Photo / STR)
The spokesman for the Saudi minister of interior General Mansour Turki (2R) is given a tour alongside other media representatives of a new centre for the rehabilitation of suspected "terrorists" and potential al-Qaeda recruits in Riyadh.(AFP Photo / STR)


Saudi Arabia hopes to put imprisoned Al-Qaeda militants on the right path and make them drop their thoughts of jihad by offering them spa treatments, exercise and counseling at a new luxurious rehabilitation facility in the capital, Riyadh.
As part of the program de-radicalization program, inmates will be able to relax in the center in between sessions with counselor and talks about religion, reports AFP.
The Riyadh rehab center is designed to accommodate 228 prisoners: 19 inmates in each of the facility’s 12 buildings.
The facility spreads over an area equivalent to around 10 football pitches (over 10 hectares) and includes an Olympic-size swimming pool, a sauna, a gym and a television hall. The prisoners will also have access to special suites where they can spend time with visiting family members. Besides that, as a bonus for good behavior, they could get a two-day break with their wives.
The center was created by the Prince Mohammed bin Nayef Center for Counseling and Care - established seven years ago to rehabilitate extremists imprisoned during a Saudi crackdown on the local branch of Al-Qaeda. The prince himself survived a suicide bomb attack in 2009, which was claimed by Al-Qaeda.
Just under 3,000 [prisoners] will have to go through one of these centers before they can be released,” Interior Ministry spokesperson General Mansur al-Turki told the agency.
Local and international media representatives are given a tour of a new centre for the rehabilitation of suspected "terrorists" and potential al-Qaeda recruits in Riyadh.(AFP Photo / STR)
Local and international media representatives are given a tour of a new centre for the rehabilitation of suspected "terrorists" and potential al-Qaeda recruits in Riyadh.(AFP Photo / STR)

Another similar facility has already been opened in the western port city of Jeddah, while three more are planned for different parts of the kingdom.
The Riyadh center though is the first one to offer jailed Al-Qaeda members – or the “deviant group,” as they are referred to by the country’s authorities – a lap of luxury as a boost to reconsider their beliefs.
It is planned that during the day prisoners will attend seminars on religious affairs.
In order to fight terrorism, we must give them an intellectual and psychological balance... through dialogue and persuasion,” said the director of the rehabilitation centers, Said al-Bishi.
So far, some 2,336 Al-Qaeda prisoners have been through Saudi rehabilitation schemes, he said. No more than 10 per cent of former inmates rejoin extremist groups, Bishi noted, adding that such proportion is “encouraging.”
Local media representatives visit the dining room during their tour of a new centre for the rehabilitation of suspected "terrorists" and potential al-Qaeda recruits in Riyadh on April 9, 2013.(AFP Photo / STR)
Local media representatives visit the dining room during their tour of a new centre for the rehabilitation of suspected "terrorists" and potential al-Qaeda recruits in Riyadh on April 9, 2013.(AFP Photo / STR)

A local media representative looks at a washing machine during a tour of a new centre for the rehabilitation of suspected "terrorists" and potential al-Qaeda recruits in Riyadh on April 9, 2013.(AFP Photo / STR)
A local media representative looks at a washing machine during a tour of a new centre for the rehabilitation of suspected "terrorists" and potential al-Qaeda recruits in Riyadh on April 9, 2013.(AFP Photo / STR)

However, the program does have its opponents, especially given that some there have been some high-profile returns to the ranks of jihad. For instance, Saeed al-Shehri - a former Guantanamo Bay prisoner who went through a rehabilitation program in Saudi Arabia - upon his release traveled to Yemen and became deputy leader of Al-Qaeda on the Arabian Peninsula.
Liberals are particularly unhappy with the religious content of the program, saying that it draws on an ultra-conservative version of Islam – which not so different from Al-Qaeda’s own.
The spokesman for the Saudi minister of interior General Mansour Turki (2R) is given a tour alongside other media representatives of a new centre the for the rehabilitation of suspected "terrorists" and potential al-Qaeda recruits in Riyadh on April 9, 2013.(AFP Photo / STR)
The spokesman for the Saudi minister of interior General Mansour Turki (2R) is given a tour alongside other media representatives of a new centre the for the rehabilitation of suspected "terrorists" and potential al-Qaeda recruits in Riyadh on April 9, 2013.(AFP Photo / STR)


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