Since 9/11, many in Saudi Arabia have looked on Osama bin Laden as a hero. His T-shirts are popular and female students wear them under their outer garments. Moreover, some rich Saudis have routinely given money to charities that actually are fronts for Al Qaeda.
For years, the Saudi government has encouraged anti-American sentiments in the country. The theory is that it acts a safety valve to let off the steam of the discontented that would otherwise be directed at the Saudi rulers.
Surprise. Al Qaeda is doing terrorist attacks right there at home in Saudi Arabia. The goal is simple -- to overthrow the very rulers who have helped Saudi terrorists exist. Supposedly, many Saudis are shocked thinking that the terrorists would never go this far. 06.15.04