posted on Jan, 8 2010 @ 05:00 AM
Most Americans don't fly. Most don't even leave their towns, let alone fly nationally, let alone fly internationally.
Targeting planes makes a lot of sense, as you don't have to do much to bring one out of the sky, and if you commandeer one, you've got a cruise
missile at your disposal (for a price as low as, as we saw, some box cutters). That seems pretty good value to me.
Terrorists are aiming for, and please pardon the pun, the most bang for their buck. Planes are a great way to amplify expenditure. If you could take
a train off its tracks and drive it anywhere you wanted to at hundreds of miles an hour, and have it mostly containing kerosene, I think we'd see a
lot more terrorist attacks of trains.
The IRA had a easier time, as they were situated in the same country they were trying to attack, and materially supported by an adjoining nation.
They could sneak around and do more devious things simply because they have the opportunity. Foreign terrorists attacking a country can do so far
more easily by using planes than entering the country, settling, and then attacking at a later date.
So, basically, it's logistics.