Tuesday, November 18, 2003


Prince Alwaleed bin Talal is making some sense:

Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, an influential nephew of the king and one of the world's richest men, says his country must accelerate social, political and economic reforms and better confront the causes of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

"You have to ask the simple question. Why 15 Saudis? You can't just say it happened by coincidence," Alwaleed said in an interview with the Los Angeles Times, referring to the 15 Saudis among the 19 hijackers in the attacks on New York and Washington. "Clearly, there's something wrong with the way of thinking here, with the way people are raised."

Until recently, he said, many in Saudi society had been nurturing other theories about the attacks.

"They were trying to come up with these conspiracy theories or that maybe Israel was behind it or some other Jewish organization," he said in the interview at a hilltop villa overlooking his 120-acre ranch on the outskirts of Riyadh, the capital. "It just doesn't make sense."



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