posted on Jul, 1 2006 @ 09:15 AM
Great thread. I have to say it makes good sense. Most of my theories tend to focus on what the US and other great powers are doing since I really
don't give militant Islam a snowball's chance in hell of getting very far, but I must admit that if I were going to wage an unconventional war of
global scale, I'd concentrate my efforts in North Africa and Indonesia, where I could make economical strikes against Europe and Western navies in
transit through the Med and Indian Ocean.
Imagine the payoff if terrorists obtained one of the new supersonic missiles the Russians have been selling to every tinpot dictator in the mid east,
and managed to sneak it in there and catch an aircraft carrier in Gibraltar or just too close to the coast elsewhere. Just one of many benefits of
North West Africa.
As has been said, it's a difficult place to wage a war, and so a hard place to get nipped in the bud as you set up for such things.
Another one, perhaps a little far fetched but not too much so... has anyone considered what the real barriers are to privately built short-range
ballistic missiles? Being able to fire a crude, innaccurate missile across the Med is 60+ year old technology- frankly I'm confident that with enough
money and a lot of reading my brothers and I, with a little help from our dad (the best mechanic I've ever seen), could pull it off.
Imagine the reaction if explosives start falling out of the sky at random over France and Italy...
Then there's the oil, the Uranium, and of course the Holy Grail of any real Jihad- landing a large armed force in a Western Nation, if not to win, at
least to make the first REAL stand on their soil and scare the holy snot out of them.
You can't send a hundred trucks from Syria through Turkey bound for Europe. Believe me, somebody will check to be sure those trucks aren't towing
howitzers. On the other hand, could you sneak a handful of T-55s and howitzers into a freighter in Algiers along with a few bad men, bound for
northern Italy, then let them off near Rome and shell the Vatican before the Italian Army can respond?
I guarantee you that it'll make the Bay of Pigs look like an understandable mistake, but before getting butchered, if their gunnery is good and
they've got spotters hiding out in the city... I think they just might get the Pope and a lot of other important stuff. Now THAT would inspire
terror. Sure a bomb is scarry, but a company of raiders landing outside of Rome and whacking the pope with artillery fire... especially if followed by
a second landing elsewhere... that'd be worth 10 9/11s in terms of psychological effect, and it would bring the infidel in for a truely decisive
battle on whatever turf you had chosen for your base, no matter how inhospitable.
Yes, I'm insane. That's why I can sometimes put myself in the shoes of a half-crazed madman with dellusions of restoring the Caliphate and say "If
I really wanted to make the Infidel soil his pants, what would I do?"
It lacks the calculating, practical finesse of bombing oil pipelines in Iraq from here till the discovery of Cold Fusion and keeping prices
ridiculously high, and it would cost inordinate amounts of money and casualties for one strike... but you know, that's what I'd do if I was Bin
Laden, and Africa makes sense from that standpoint.