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Monday, July 7

Wow. Did the terrorists win afterall?

In a 1998 interview according to Think Progress, Osama bin laden demanded that the real price of oil should be $144/barrel not $11 as it was then. Here we are 10 years later and oil is $144/barrel. One month after 9/11 the NY Times predicted that a nightmare scenario would be to deliver bin Laden's goal of $144. Well it seems that bushista policies delivered that goal for him.

From Think Progress:
Testifying before the House Foreign Affairs Committee last May, Anne Korin, the co-director of the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security, reminded Congress about bin Laden’s goal:

  • [A]bout ten years ago, Osama bin Laden stated that his target price for oil is $144 a barrel and that the American people, who allegedly robbed the Muslim people of their oil, owe each Muslim man, woman, and child $30,000 in back payments. At the time, $144 a barrel seemed farfetched to most. […]

  • I would like to impress upon this Committee that $144 a barrel oil will be perceived as a victory for the Jihadist movement and a reaffirmation that the economic warfare component of its campaign against the West is a resounding success. There is no need to elaborate on the implications of such a victory in terms of loss of U.S. prestige and our ability to prevail in the Long War of the 21st century.

Indeed, ten years later, a mission accomplished for bin Laden.

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