Thirty-eight years ago today, Carlos the Jackal and his band of terrorists forced their way into a meeting of OPEC in Vienna, Austria. The terrorists eventually received millions of dollars from OPEC’s member nations to secure the release of the hostages after a trans-Mediterranean flight to Algeria.
OPEC leader Sheikh Yamani was spared for two reasons: 1) he paid off Carlos the Jackal, and 2) he also believed in armed Palestinian resistance against Israel. Carlos’s fellow terrorists never understood why Yamani was a target.
From the documentary “Terror’s Advocate”:
After all, Yamani had orchestrated the Arab oil embargo that damaged the West economically, and Yamani would later fund Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda, according to the Golden Chain document. So Yamani was really on the same ideological side as Carlos and Arab terrorist groups from the outset.
The other thing is that radical Muslims have always wanted to control the oil in Saudi Arabia. Although the Saudi royals are Siamese twins with the radical Wahhabi clerics, and impose strict sharia law against their subjects, the government of Saudi Arabia is seen by Islamists as too friendly to the West from a foreign policy standpoint. Perhaps Carlos regarded Yamani as a representative of the “establishment,”—or perhaps they had worked out a side deal all along.
Today’s jihadists want control of Arabian petroleum to induce oil shocks against the West like Sheikh Yamani himself had done just a couple years before the OPEC hostage-taking.