John Arquilla

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May 01, 2000

The decision to send American troops was easy. Sure, the Saudi demonstrators and rioters wanted democracy, but we couldn’t sell out our old ally King Fahd. And what if the insurgents were Iranian pawns? There was too much oil at stake to take a chance. But something funny happened on the way to the counterrevolution. An unknown fundamentalist group, the Campaign for Islamic Democracy (CID), warned that if we didn’t butt out, it would wield the “Secret Sword of Allah.” We laughed.