Saudis in Terror's Shadow

(New York Times)Editorial- If Washington is interested in long-term stability in Saudi Arabia, it must press harder for reform. Bin Laden's rhetoric strikes a resonant chord among Saudis who are increasingly anxious about the economy and their own uncertain employment prospects. The kingdom uneasily combines a 21st-century oil industry, an absolutist and hugely corrupt family monarchy, and a fiery, fundamentalist religious establishment. Without thoroughgoing reforms, the House of Saud faces a bleak and violent future.

2004-06-28 00:00:00

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