Saudi Arabia’s crown prince vows new Islamic alliance will ‘wipe terrorists from the face of the earth’

The summit is the first meeting of defence ministers and other senior officials from the Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition, which officially counts 41 countries and identifies as a ‘pan-Islamic unified front’ against violent extremism.

  • vwVwwVwv

    Sic and tiered of this Muhameddamn superlatives…. They can’t eradicate nothing.

    • Ed

      They’re all such BIG talkers… “mother of all battles” blah blah blah.

      • Having the Saudis in charge of terrorist control makes as much sense as having mice guard a cheese factory.

  • Gary

    Justin would like that because his islamist buddies in Canada will be killed on our soil.

  • Raymond Hietapakka

    …all turban, no camels…

  • David_Martin

    Wolves guarding the hen house.

  • HA!

  • Tooth&Claw

    My dear Prince,
    When the founder of your so called religion is actually a criminal murderer, rapist, slaver, pedophile, thief, and liar, and his example was to kill all opposition, dissent, and debate… I don’t think your chances of encouraging non violence are good.

  • DaninVan

    Hey; I’m willing to give him a chance; I don’t see any other bright lights on the horizon. Just a guess but I don’t think there’s going to be much of a problem with Saudi military Rules of Engagement.

    He can do whatever he wants with oil production, N.A. domestic production is way up and there’s no chance of a debacle like that last oil embargo. If Iran gets strangled in the process, well so be it.

    • Frances

      There have also been interesting comments as to how, pre-1979, Saudi society was much more open. The narrative I read said that the 1979 takeover of the Grand Mosque in Mecca by Saudi puritanical extremists, along with the Iranian Islamic revolution and the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, caused the Saudi ruling family of the day to ally with the Wahhabi clerics to launch a much more austere version of Sunni Islam. Iran was doing the same with Shia Islam. Prior to that, men and women were allowed to mingle, women wore “normal” clothes, and the interpretations of Islam were relatively relaxed, allowing for music and enjoyment of life.

      • Linda1000

        That was Iran with the more relaxed atmosphere, not Saudi except maybe in private social functions. I don’t think the Wahhabi clerics are quite so powerful these days. It ‘s hard to tell whats going on without being inside the country. One big signal will be if Saudi eases or allows more Westerners into the country now just as visitors or tourists. Business visas are not a problem but it is difficult to enter into Saudi as a regular visitor. Gulf Arabs visit back and forth all the time but even Arabs from other ME states are scrutinized more.

        • Frances

          Actually, the real signal will be if Christians can worship openly.

          • Linda1000

            He might make that change as Qatar has churches but not as a first step. He is still trying to crack down on the religious fanatical clerics. The fact that MbS wants to open up the country to more economic and industrial development to include Egypt and Jordan is a good idea. He is also trying to make other social/cultural changes for the youth and employment. This is the first time since the country started developing in the 1950s that a leader so positive about change has come along and he has openly asked the world or other countries/players for support. If he succeeds, it will be amazing and a bonus if other ME states can benefit economically also. That’s a big problem in the ME states as there are only very rich corrupt elites and very poor peasants with nothing in the middle.

  • Mr. Meow

    He’s going shoot himself first.

  • Linda1000

    Move over Sheikh Tamin bin Hamad Al Thani. You are not the cool guy in the Gulf anymore. MbS is the strong horse these days and everyone loves a winner.
    There’s something going on with Iran and Qatar and it’s about the large gas fields just off the coast of Qatar. Both Iran and Qatar are claiming ownership and I’m not sure if they have reached any agreement on those fields. Sheikh Tamin doesn’t like Donald Trump and Qatar is a little too cosy with the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamasses. I’m wondering about that big U.S air base (Al Udeid) just outside of Doha and how many secrets are leaking out of there to Iran and other enemies.

    • Thomas Henderson

      You’re right, something is going on. The chess pieces are being played in ways not seen before.

      Population pressures, depressed oil prices, Saudi family dynamics, the Sunni Shi’ite struggle, and the corrosion of the Sykes-Picot boundary lines, is playing havoc to the normalcy of a region known for its havoc.

      The west meddling (i.e. selling mass weaponry) in what amounts to tribal skirmishes only exasperates the situation. I’d say, let the players work it out among themselves. May the best (strong) man win.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    I’m willing to wait and see, with my eyes open.

  • DavidinNorthBurnaby

    Under no circumstances would I ever trust a muzzie.