Mikey wrote:People who murder children or other uninvolved innocents in order to make a political vocalization are irrational, as would be people who expend exorbitant amounts of resources to accomplish such goals.
Deepcrush wrote:Mass murder isn't rational, and that won't change no matter how you try to spin it.
There might be nothing rational about the action they decide to take, but they are extremely rational about the way they will achieve their actions.
Funny how "irrational" people can manage to have an organisation that has efficient fund collecting around the world, a recruitment process, established training camps, propaganda structure, etc...
I am not saying the actions they took are justified, etc... I am saying they aren't acting dumb while doing it, even less so the people at the TOP of these organisations, the ones who would never dare blow themselves up (also known as "hypocrits"). If Al-Qaeda managed to get their hand on a freight ship, they wouldn't use it to ram Port X or Y, they would use it to smuggle personnel and equipment, to be able to deploy better personnel to strike more easily and more often.
They would rationally use the assets handed to them. Hijacking an airliner is simply taking control over a very short-term control of an asset, and you can't do anything with the plane anyway, as it has an incredibly high cost of maintenance, and it's sooo easy to track them all down, so you can't "fly under the radar", so the utility of such asset is limited to a strike.
If they put their hands on a smaller plane that could be used in their operations, I doubt they would waste it ramming it.
So that's it. A "small" starship that terrorist would manage to put their hands on would be better served to further their cause and help their organisation than as a kinetic weapon.