Trying to reduce hostility to the U.S. within the Kingdom. Yes, this will fix it. Look what a sojourn in the U.S. did for Sayyid Qutb. “Thousands of Scholarships Lift Saudi Enrollments in U.S.,” from the New York Times, with thanks to Sr. Soph:
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 – Urgently trying to improve relations with the United States, the Saudi Arabian government is promoting a scholarship program that has already more than doubled the number of new Saudi enrollments at American colleges and universities since last year.
The program, aimed in part at reducing widespread hostility in the Saudi public toward the United States, has reversed a steady plunge in Saudi students here that started immediately after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.
The Saudi government offered 5,000 students full four-year scholarships, complete with living allowances. About two-thirds of the 5,000 students enrolled in American schools this fall, the State Department said, and the number would have been higher had the United States been able to process all the visa requests….