The Saudi Connection | The Weekly Standard (Oct 29, 2001)
Osama bin Laden’s a lot closer to the Saudi royal family than you think.
TWO QUESTIONS have been raised about Osama bin Laden. First, if bin Laden opposes the Saudi regime, why has he never struck Saudi targets? Second, if he threatens Saudi Arabia, why has the Saudi government taken the lead in recognizing and funding the Taliban government of Afghanistan, which is entwined with bin Laden’s al Qaeda organization? The answer is: The bin Laden problem is deeply embedded both in Saudi religious and dynastic politics and in an effort by Iraq and Syria to shift the balance of power in the Middle East.
For some reason, this sort of reporting in the wake of 9/11 was never much followed up on. I suspect the Bush administration didn’t approve of this line of enquiry. Among others.