Inside Saudi Arabia

The oil-rich kingdom fanned al-Qaeda's hateful cause--and still harbors a populace that fervently supports it

When U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld turned up at an ornate royal palace in Saudi Arabia last week, he shook hands with ailing King Fahd bin Abdul Aziz al Saud and then exchanged views about the war on terrorism with Crown Prince Abdullah, who runs the kingdom's day-to-day affairs. Rumsfeld might have got a somewhat different perspective if he had stopped by al Masaa, a cafe in the heart of the capital, where patrons hail Osama bin Laden as an Arab hero.

The terrace is crammed with young men, some in traditional cotton robes and Bedouin headdress, others in Western...

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