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Saudi Arabia is trying to reassure the industrial world that its oil reserves are secure against terrorism, but this weekend-s bloody hostage episode has produced record prices and raised some disturbing questions. A massive manhunt continues for three men who killed 22 mostly foreign hostages in the oil city of Khobar, and security forces killed two other men allegedly linked to the hostage episode. How vulnerable are the oil fields to Osama bin Laden, who-s declared war on the ruling family? Can the House of Saud continue to hold power when oil wealth and puritanical Islam seem incompatible? If Saudi oil were cut off or even diminished, what would that mean for the global economy? Warren Olney speaks with the spokesman for the Saudi ambassador in London, former CIA and State Department officials, and an energy policy expert from the Cato Institute.
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President's upcoming trip to Europe

Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Aramco)

Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC)

New York Times article on Chalabi's revelations to Iran

New Yorker article on how Chalabi sold the Iraq war

Massing's Now They Tell Us



Warren Olney