Religious Extremist Rehab: New Solution to Terrorism?

Religious Extremist Rehab

Saudi Arabia has opened luxury ‘religious extremist’ rehab center in Riyadh for Al-Qaeda militants, hoping to wean them off their terrorist ways.

The religious extremist rehab centre includes spa treatments, sessions with counselors, talks on religion and plenty of exercise. Militants will enjoy an Olympic sized swimming pool, a sauna, a gym, and a television hall. Good behaviour could earn them a two-day break with their wives. This sounds even better than Lindsay Lohan’s idea of rehab.

The new complex is the brainchild of the Prince Mohammed bin Nayef Centre for Counselling and Care, a body set up seven years ago to rehabilitate extremists jailed during a Saudi crackdown on the local branch of Al-Qaeda. Another rehab centre has already opened in the western port city of Jeddah, and three more are set to be built. What sets the new Riyadh complex apart from the other centres is its luxury element.

Fundamentalist prisoners will have to go through one of these rehab centres before they can be released into the wild.

“In order to fight terrorism, we must give them an intellectual and psychological balance… through dialogue and persuasion,” said the director of the rehabilitation centres, Said al-Bishi.

Said al-Bishi is convinced the program works and that only a small percentage of fundamentalists will rejoin the deviant minority. The rest will go on to live fulfilling non-fundamentalist lives in Saudi Arabia. Unless they are deemed too good-looking – then they will be deported.

Via: Agence France-Presse

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