All govrernments try to tell you they are stronger than they are. But the truth is goverments fall all the time. The people of Saudi Arabia see bin Laden as a hero. The Saudi King knows if he goes after Laden he is an Ex King and perhaps a dead King.
Al governments that have separation of churh and state try to tell people that religions are not powerful either.
The fact is history teaches religions are more powerful than Governments. Governments tax and control. Religions promise heaven. Poor nations united by a religion tends to want to destroy rich nations not dominated by a religion.
There are about 1 billion Muslims. I doubt if over 900 million of them support bin Laden.
The Muslim nation's leaders are in a quandry. If they support us their people may overthrow them. If they don't we may overthrow them.
Until we take a couple down, they will fear their people far more than they fear us. They will support the cause of bin laden if not bin ladein directly.
That is why dubya keeps saying more than one "Terrorist" nation will fall.
"But the question that people in Washington are now beginning to ask is what happens if the chain of money and state support does not lead to such pariah states as Iraq, Iran or Syria. What if a great deal of the money, training, and religious and political inspiration comes from Saudi Arabia, Americas main strategic ally in the Gulf? Israel has for years been warning of Saudi involvement with the suicide bombers of Hamas and Islamic Jihad. Now there are numerous circumstantial links with September 11.
"Many of the US hijackers were Saudis, as is bin Laden. In several cases, their terrorist indoctrination began at fundamentalist Islamic colleges, funded by Saudi money. Their political attitudes reflected an anti-Western religious zeal that is widely promoted in the Saudi media, even though these media are subject to some of the strictest censorship in the world.
"Saudi Arabia, it should also be remembered, is the source of the ultra-fundamentalist Wahhabi sect of Islam that inspired the Taleban regime. Saudi Arabia is also the only country apart from Afghanistan that practises the medieval version of Sharia in all its horror. And the head of the Saudi intelligence service, believed to be the Royal Familys main link with the Taleban, resigned abruptly within 24 hours of the horror in New York. When you put these facts together, there is surely a risk that the trail of money and blood that started at the World Trade Centre could ultimately lead to Riyadh."