Change is Needed for Saudi Stability - Editorial

(Financial Times-UK) The tactics of al-Qaeda are to stampede Westerners out of Saudi Arabia, and to destabilize oil markets by targeting soft parts of the Saudi oil industry. It took Saudi rulers a long time to acknowledge that al-Qaeda was their problem too. Yet there are elements in the regime and allied clerics that share the same hostility as bin Laden towards the West and to Muslims who do not share their Wahhabi interpretation of Islam. Only reform will ensure the long-term survival of the al-Saud. Yet reform to the House of Saud means the minimum it can get away with, consistent with preserving its power.

2004-06-02 00:00:00

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