I am going through my notes from the 8th lecture of Powell History. It is a bit strange that a land is named after a family. From this lecture I learned that the people of Saudi Arabia don't feel any nationhood and it has been an ongoing battle between religious groups and the House of Saud. America got involved in Saudi Arabia when they found oil in 1938 and the start of the Arabian American Oil Company. This was a crucial timing due to the anticipation of WWII. American foreign policy has made Saudi Arabia into a feudal vassal state. The U.S. is defending the Saudis and in return the royal family is sending oil to America.
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