Skip to comments.Is Hydrocarbon Man the Next Terrorist Target?
Posted on 09/28/2010 12:31:08 PM PDT by bananaman22
Daniel Yergin, in the prologue to his award winning book, uses the language of anthropology to describe what the human species became in the past century: Hydrocarbon Man. While the search continues for alternative fuels and millions are spent on research and development, modern man will continue for some time to come to be dependent on Persian Gulf oil: the strategic prize. This essay focuses on the terrorist threat to oil pipelines in the region.
The question is, given the strategic importance of Middle East oil to the West and its economic and technological dependence on oil: Why have pipelines in that part of the globe not been primary targets of international terrorism to date?
It is puzzling why terrorists have not chosen Middle East oil structures as targets. One terrorist expert puts it this way:
"Trying to find out why terrorists do what they do is a bit like trying to solve a good fictional murder in that one is dealing with the elements of motive, method, and opportunity. However, the plot is reversed. With the classic murder one starts with a victim, and has to determine the motive, methods, and opportunity involved in order to discover the perpetrator. With target selection on the other hand, the motives are known, the means can usually be estimated, and the opportunities are fairly plentiful. What one has to determine is who or what is likely to be the victim." Full article at: Terrorist Target
Certainly as long as the liberals prohibit us from drilling our own oil.
Build Nukes pronto.
I don't find it puzzling at all.
The DoD used to insist that Congress and the Admin keep a viable supply of strategic materials available.
It is puzzling why terrorists have not chosen Middle East oil structures as targets.
.... because oil is the root, branches,leaves and oxygen of their movement. really.
Moreover, I would add that terrorism cannot achieve its goals if it is not commanded by certain elites, elites that keep their rule directing their peoples’ discontent against the Western world in general and Israel in particular. That is the reason peace in the Middle East is unlikely, although I consider that building some kind of prosperous democracy in the Western bank is a step in the right direction.
Lasting terrorism has always been the product of elites. Osama Ben Laden was himself a member of the Saudi Arabia top men.