Opinion
July 18, 2004
Terror's next battleground?
BY ROBERT WEINER and JAY JACOB WIND

Sir, - With the current focus on the aftermath of the handover of American power to the Iraqi government, we need to pull back the microscope that is zoomed in on Iraq, and ask: Will Saudi Arabia be the terrorist army's next battleground?

The 9-11 Commission confirmed that 14 of the 19 September 11 hijackers were Saudi, plus Osama bin Laden himself. Many Saudi irregulars who infiltrated into Iraq to kidnap, bomb, shoot, and kill Americans and their allies are now infiltrating back into Saudi Arabia. A red flag should be going up.

Saudi Arabia denies its citizens basic human rights. Saudi terrorists in the past have blown up US barracks, kidnapped and killed US businessmen, and attacked their own people. Rabidly violent irregulars detest Americans' presence in the Middle East.

Michael Moore cast a spear straight into the heart of the Bush administration with his release of Fahrenheit 9-11. George W. Bush and his family have deep ties with the House of Saud. Will he take steps to prevent terrorists from turning Saudi Arabia into their new base camp? Or do we need a new president to do that?

ROBERT S. WEINER and JAY JACOB WIND
Washington