Since the death of ibn Saud in 1953, succession has moved only among his sons.
The House of Saud built its Arabian empire on the basis of ruthless holy warfare—and on being very nice to those who surrendered.
For the House of Saud, the winter of Arab discontent has been unsettling so far as friends fall in waves.
Fahd recognized only too well the essential contradictions in the relationship between the Land of the Free and the House of Saud.
The answer I have come to is survival—survival of the state and survival of the House of Saud.
To be sure, softer words along similar lines had come privately from Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal.
In On Saudi Arabia, journalist Karen Elliott House describes the odd silence that seems to surround the House of Saud.
To complicate matters, the House of Saud is in the midst of change itself.