Bending the Third Rail
Because We Should, We Can, We Do
Monday, March 06, 2006
Achilles' Heel
As if we needed one more incentive to move away from a dependence on fossil fuels, the Islamic fundamentalists have restructured their plan of attack to focus on oil production.

This vulnerability isn't lost on radical Islamic terrorists. They have identified the world energy system as the Achilles' heel of the West and have made attacking it a central part of their plan.

Osama bin Laden's strategy is based on the conviction that the way to bring down a superpower is to weaken its economy. We "bled Russia for 10 years until it went bankrupt and was forced to withdraw [from Afghanistan] in defeat," bin Laden boasted in his October 2004 videotape. "We are continuing in the same policy to make America bleed profusely to the point of bankruptcy."
Striking oil, which jihadists call "the provision line and the feeding to the artery of the life of the crusader's nation," is relatively easy and effective. Terrorists no longer need to come to the United States to wreak havoc here. They can hit our energy supply near the source, where they enjoy strong support on the ground.

This is probably the main reason we have not seen any more attacks on U.S. soil. It has nothing to do with our homeland "security" and everything to do with the savvy of our opponents.
We may yet curb global warming but only as an incidental byproduct of regaining some degree of national security.