Attacks on Oil Distribution

Photo: 2006 Port Harcourt, Rivers, Nigeria.  Movement for the Emacipation of the Niger Delta take oil industry employees hostage.  Photo credit International Relations and Security Network. Threat to Oil and Energy Infrastructure “You steal our wealth and oil at paltry prices because of your international influence and military threats. This theft is indeed the biggest theft ever witnessed by mankind in the history of the world. God, the almighty, legislates the permission and option to avenge this oppression. Thus, if we are attacked, then we have the right to strike back. If people steal our oil and wealth, then we have the right to destroy their economy.”Osama Bin Laden, leader of the Al-Qaeda (2002)Before the US and allied forces struck Iraq in February 2003, many in the Western world, especially in the US, expected big economic dividends from the war, among other things.  Rupert Murdoch, the…

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Arabinda Acharya

Arabinda Acharya is Research Fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies and Manager Strategic Projects at the International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research. He...