Carmen bin Ladin's New Book on our Saudi “Allies”

Carmen bin Ladin's New Book on our Saudi “Allies”.

Danielle Crittenden's review of Carmen bin Ladin's new book, Inside the Kingdom: My Life in Saudi Arabia,
makes a very compelling case that this is a very important book for
anyone interested in understanding the roots of the War on Terror.
Equally important, however, bin Laden's book apparently raises very
serious questions about whether the Saudi alliance is really in our
longterm national interest:

She has emerged from her
ordeal with some urgent insights into the kingdom from which she
escaped: “Osama bin Laden and those like him didn't spring, fully
formed, from the desert sand. They were made. They were fashioned by
the workings of an opaque and intolerant medieval society that is
closed to the outside world. It is a society where half the population
have had their basic rights as people amputated, and obedience to the
strictest rules of Islam must be absolute. Despite all the power of
their oil-revenue, the Saudis are structured by a hateful,
backward-looking view of religion and an education that is a school for
intolerance . . . .When Osama dies, I fear there will be a thousand men
to take his place.”

Go read the whole review. I suspect you'll end up joining me both in ordering bin Ladin's book and moving it to the top of your reading stack. []

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