SUVs Help the Terrorists
Andrew Sullivan has a series of posts arguing that America’s enjoyment of gas guzzling cars such as sport utility vehicles is helping the terrorists.
Fareed Zakaria makes an excellent point today in a column about rising oil prices, and how they are helping to finance the terror masters in Tehran, Saudi Arabi and elsewhere. Some kind of move toward greater energy efficiency is essential in the war on terror. But what I didn’t realize is how the curse of the SUV is so damaging. Fareed writes that 54 percent of today’s U.S. fleet of cars are made up by these ugly, behemoth tanks that guzzle gas, and make life miserable for everyone not in them.
We are in a war. As far as I’m concerned, those people driving SUVs are aiding and abetting the enemy, and helping to finance the terrorists that want to kill us all. I’m well aware that the notion that the Bush administration has any interest in energy independence or taxing gas or deterring SUVs is about as likely as their demanding subsidies for sex-changes, but I might as well vent. We can always stigmatize these SUV-terror-enablers. How about bumper-stickers for non-SUVs that simply say: my car doesn’t subsidize Saudi terror. Would that help?
Among the bumper stickers his readers suggest is “How many soldiers-per-gallon does your SUV get?”
My word, this is silly. For one thing, Sullivan knows better than the idea that the Iraq War has anything to do with oil. Goodness, we had sanctions on Iraq for well over a decade prohibiting him from selling oil and thus artificially tightening the supply. And how much oil does Afghanistan produce every year? Indeed, al Qaeda is funded much more by drug money than by oil money.
Aside from that, driving more fuel efficient cars would only affect Middle East relations at the margins. We’d still be dependent on OPEC for a great deal of petroleum, which is used in all manner of products as well as to convey said products across this vast continent of ours.
via Michael Demmons