Tuesday, March 25, 2003

"Saudi Arabia is Boiling" 

Source: New York Times (via Khifafah.com):

Saudi Arabia on the boil

uploaded 25 Mar 2003

Saudi Arabia Seems Calm, but, Many Say, Is Seething

With war rumbling beyond its eastern border and violent antiwar demonstrations rocking neighbors to the north and south, many people here wonder how long Saudi Arabia can maintain its eerie calm.

"The atmosphere is boiling," declared Mohsen al-Awajy, a tall, angular Islamic scholar, distinguished by a long beard and white head scarf without the usual black headband. He says even his daughters are urging him to join Al Qaeda and follow Osama bin Laden.

"Our children are taking this a step further than us because they are affected by the injustice of the war led by the U.S.," he said, adding that he fears the mood could erupt into violence. "The Saudi street is fertile for any action."