bin laden oil tankers
The idea of hitting the oil industry is nothing new, and experts are split on the impact of blowing up a tanker: A single ship holds enough oil to fuel the global supply for about a half-hour. But attacks on certain shipping chokepoints would "start closing down shipping lanes," says a former FBI agent. The low-tech plan appears to borrow a page from Somali pirates' success, and the cargo is so explosive that an errant cigarette can turn a ship into a fireball. Says a Middle East security expert: "The good thing is that boats don't move that fast. It gives you plenty of time to interdict."