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Saudis Blame U.S. and Its Role in Iraq for Rise of Terror

Seventeen months into a shadowy terror campaign that has killed more than 100 people, numerous Saudis express less anger at the insurgents than at the United States for its invasion of Iraq, the signal event that they say touched off the attacks inside the kingdom. In interviews over the last week, the Saudis condemned the terror attacks, aimed primarily at foreigners, but called them a small inconvenience that has not forced them to make significant changes in their daily lives. By contrast, they expressed unremitting disdain for the United States. Many Saudis appear to have reached a form of intellectual accommodation with those carrying out the violence. When asked about the attackers’ goals, they assigned varied motives but often one that is consistent with their personal, social or political concerns. Full Story

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