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UNCLAS SANTIAGO 001645
STATE FOR IIP/G/WHA, INR/R/MR, WHA/BSC, WHA/PDA, INR/IAA AMEMBASSY FOR PAO, IO
E.O. 12958: N/A TAGS: KMDR KPAO OPRC CI IS SA SUBJECT: MEDIA REACTION - MIDEAST - SAUDI ARABIA
On August 3, conservative, independent "La Tercera" (circ. 31,834) carried an editorial entitled, "The Importance of a Stable Saudi Arabia." Quote:
"Saudi Arabia's stability has repercussions in the Middle East and worldwide. It supplies 25% of the world's oil and has the planet's largest reserves. This alone makes Saudi Arabia's stability a shared international goal.... It is also the home of Islam's two main symbols, the cities of Medina and Mecca.... Today, its closeness to the U.S. has given rise to terrorist groups...whose goal is to overthrow the Saudi government for dealing with `infidels'--a source of inspiration for Al Qaeda, headed by Saudi Osama bin Laden. Although Saudi Arabia has been formally at war with Israel since 1948, it is not among the countries that have promoted terrorism against the Jewish nation, which has had a moderating effect.in the Muslim world. Its role was also crucial in containing the expansion of Iran's Islamic revolution in the '80s and in limiting Saddam Hussein's aggressive policies. There are no guarantees that royal family members will not engage in a power struggle. Plus, the country is under the pressure of a demographic explosion and poor macroeconomic figures...putting it at a historic crossroads." KELLY