Saudi Arabia: A Brace of Kings

Long famed for its bleak deserts, eye-for-an-eye justice and profitable oil wells, Saudi Arabia last week had the added distinction of possessing two monarchs. Profligate King Saud, 62, who had reigned for eleven years, sulked in his ultra-modern Naziriyah Palace in the capital city of Riyadh. Just down the road in the Red Palace was Saud's half brother Feisal who two weeks ago was summoned to the throne by a fatwa, or religious edict, issued by a national council composed of 100 princes, assorted sheiks and the ulema (a body of learned men). At the same time the fatwa...