Table: A Nation Divided
SAUDI ARABIA'S KING FAHD
Too ill to rule day today, he still exerts great influence through his immediate family. The center of pro-American sentiment.
CROWN PRINCE ABDULLAH
Runs the government for Fahd but wants better relations with Iran, and is angered by the U.S. stance on the Arab-Israeli struggle.
THE ROYAL FAMILY
The sprawling clan's high living is a target for popular resentment. No young prince has emerged as a leader for the next generation.
Increasingly skeptical of the Sauds' management and frustrated by lack of political participation. Some support radical causes.
Getting restive as joblessness rises and prosperity wanes. Angry about U.S. support of Israel. Receptive to preachings of radical clergy.