“A wind comes out of the northwest and blows across the sand. The Bedouins call it the shamal. On it rides the future of the kingdom. Maybe today or next month, but soon, the King will be dead. Bob believes Prince Rashid is the leader of a group, small but powerful, called the Black Princes.”
“What do they want?” asked Amy. The Rashid she knew was a Muslim, but not a radical.
“The problem is the line of succession. The King of Saudi Arabia—who is also the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques in Mecca and Medina—has the responsibility for all Muslims. Today that’s more than a billion people.
“Can you imagine, Amy, a billion? Two million of them make the pilgrimage to Mecca and Medina every year.
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