Thursday, November 13, 2003

Riyadh's War on Terror Bites Back: "The enemies of the House of Saud [bin Laden] want to make the kingdom ungovernable, just as the United States' enemies in Iraq want to make U.S. occupation ineffective... by a weird coincidence, bin Laden's principal aim to destroy the royal family is shared by the American right wing... There are those in the House of Saud who take a particularly fearful view of U.S. policy. In the past, they say, Americans could sit in Saudi Arabia and seize the Iraqi oil fields whenever they chose to cross the border. Now they are in Iraq, they can -- in the event of a revolution -- just drive in the other direction and seize the oil fields in northern Saudi Arabia, leaving Riyadh and other cities to whichever Arabian ruler takes control."

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