Introduction...the scope of a beginning:

Unlike the more conventional studies group, Arlington Splendor, Engineering Consultants (ASEC) decided NOT to attempt a study of the entire spectrum of international affairs.  ASEC has neither the time nor the interest in the broad scope of international events.  Once we determined that our Multi-role Maritime Fighter (the MRMF) could be used for the defense of offshore oil development, as well as the defense of commercial sea lanes, our focus narrowed to the study of events that might relate to oil production, transport and marketing.

Since much oil is moved by way of shipping we felt that analyzing issues relating to the maritime transport of petroleum made a lot of sense for the authors and designers of the MRMF concept. In some arenas, we were also led to consider the study of some "land based activities" that we felt would bear upon the maritime transport of oil.

Afghanistan is just one such arena of focus for ASEC studies. While Afghanistan has little in the way of oil and gas resources, it is located between the Arabian sea and the vast oil and gas deposits of the Russian states east of the Caspian Sea--resources virtually boxed in by borders and the sea itself.

[ The Caspian Sea region, and the states surrounding it, is important to world energy markets because of its potential to become a major oil and natural gas exporter over the next decade. The region is thought to hold the world's third largest oil and natural gas reserves behind the Middle East and Russia. However, several factors threaten to complicate the region's potential, including a lack of adequate export infrastructure, disagreement over new export routes, and border disputes between the littoral states. ] ...USSR invades Afghanistan.

When the USSR invaded Afghanistan, almost no mention was made regarding the USSR motivation for this action.  Rather, the U.S. State department managed public media by portraying the USSR as criminals meaning to subjugate the nobel citizens of Afghanistan.  The truth lay closer to the issues surrounding the possible sale of USSR oil and gas to the world's energy markets.

A large flow of foreign capital into communist Russia would most certainly be channeled into the USSR military budget.  The USSR had thought to move the Caspian Sea oil and gas south, across Afghanistan and Pakistan, to the Arabian Sea.

The U.S. had no intention of letting this happen; and so, we backed the Muhajadin Afghan rebels to a successful conclusion. The rebels forced the USSR to abandon its Caspian agenda and to withdraw from Afghanistan.  However, since the fall of Russian communism, the picture has changed drastically.  Russia was now an ally of the U.S.; and, it was our expressed intention to help democratic Russia to prosper in the world marketplace.

...ENTER OSAMA BIN LADEN, the chess master.

NOTE: Posted in 2012 --
Since we first published our studies in 1996, Osamaa bin Laden was killed hiding out in Abbottabad, Pakistan. However we still feel that al Qaeda has not wavered in pursuit of Osama's agenda for Arabia, and for Islam in general. Therefore, we decided to leave the following discourse, for the most part, just as it was written, with minor edits to bring the commentary up to date.

Prior to September 11, 2001:


ASEC's "out of the box" thinking is that Osama planned to use the rage of western powers as a means to achieve his real objectives in the hostilities to follow 9-11.  By "squaring off" against the United States, he brings the U.S. and British military back to the middle east.  Osama succeeded as planned.

"I don't believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive." 
Joseph Campbell   (1904-1987)