What the Saudi Public Really Thinks

(Beirut Daily Star) Nawaf Obaid - A survey conducted in Saudi Arabia last year showed that while only 5% of respondents supported bin Laden as leader, 49% had a positive opinion of his rhetoric. One interviewee from a conservative southern province explained: "When we hear bin Laden railing against the West, pointing out the corruption and incompetence of the Arab governments and the suffering of the Palestinians, it is like being transported to a dream." But "when we see the images of innocent people murdered for this ideology, it's as if we've entered a nightmare."

2004-06-25 00:00:00

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