But watching the American landscape pass by the train window, I realized that the bombs weren’t just in the air. Every town held filling stations and gas mains that could blow up whole neighborhoods if ignited. Gasoline tankers dotted the highways that ran parallel to the tracks. Buried pipelines paralleled the tracks, running to the potential superbombs of tank farms. Railroad cars full of combustible petroleum-based fertilizer lined the rail sidings.
As we neared Knob Knoster,
Each B-2 costs $1.3 billion dollars. Those two planes up there were worth more than
Since that day, I’ve watched as our country tried in vain to pursue a military solution to the terror problem. We do seem to have diverted their attention from our homeland to
Lately, finally, the focus has begun to shift from military solutions to energy solutions. Barack Obama, for instance, is calling for “independence from foreign oil” within ten years. That’s closer to the solution, but still not quite there. We don’t just need independence from foreign oil. We need independence from the need for so much energy. The
That afternoon in September, 2001, the train finally pulled into the decrepit brick station at
We have to start diffusing the bombs.