Wahhabism is a branch of Islam adopted by the current Saudi Arabian government, the House of Al Saud. Wahhabism is a reformed Islam founded by the 18th century Sunni scholar Muhammad bin Abdul-Wahhab. By 1811, Wahhabi leaders waged jihad against other branches of Islam they considered incorrect or not following the “true faith,” and succeeded in unifying the Arabian Peninsula under one religious sect.
Saudi Arabia needed to consolidate in order to fend off the expanding European economy. European nations such as France and England were in nation-building modes and challenged other nations who were ill-equipped to manage themselves both economically and politically. It was a bold move for Saudi Arabia to unite, but this decision in the early nineteenth century allows it to survive today.
Unfortunately, Osama bin Laden is against the Wahhabi government because of its agreements with the United States. What bin Laden doesn’t realize is that nations today must be globally connected on massive economic scales in order to stay competitive and survive. A small terrorist group like al Qaeda could never comprehend the economic resources required to sustain a country like Saudi Arabia.
Bin Laden and Al Qaeda need to understand that sustainable nations require intelligent leaders who understand economic theory and globalization, and are able to come to the negotiating table with cohesive and amiable ideas, much like Saudi Arabia today. Bringing an explosive device as a negotiating tool is primitive and counter productive.