Tunisian engineering student in Canada wanted to set off Yellowstone volcano and bring down the world. Coming from a world that teaches him that the earth doesn’t rotate, this probably wasn’t too serious a threat, but his suicidal passion is: Iran, for instance, is about to have nuclear missiles. If it were to send one over our way and explode it in outer space, our entire electrical system would shut down, with a death expectancy of 90% in 12 months. (Don’t like that link? Too alarmist? Here’s the 2005 report from a Senate subcommittee on terrorism – same conclusion, in longer length).
Mutual Assured Destruction worked when we were dealing with enemies who had no desire to join us in Armageddon; but as security teams have discovered, when an assassin doesn’t care whether he himself survives, the odds of protecting a target go way, way down. We’re facing just such madmen.
If only Obama’s Job Corp program for the Middle East and North Korea will come in time!