Journalist Peter Bergen described communiqué #17 from the Advice and Reformation Committee (ARC), founded by bin Laden to undermine the Saudi regime: "[Communiqué] #17 of March 8, 1995, is a rambling indictment of the Saudi regime, criticizing it for a wide variety of sins. These include its use of 'man-made laws' that are not part of sharia, Islamic law; the indebtedness of the nation; rising unemployment; the lavishness of the palaces built for the royal family; and the estimated $60 billion the government spent on the Gulf War in addition to the vast expenditures it had made on its own inefficient military. The communiqué concludes by demanding the resignation of King Fahd."
– Holy War, Inc., Peter Bergen, 3/8/1995
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