Red Storm Rising is one of my most-favorite novels of all time, and most-fave Clancy work.
But - I don’t see how the dots connect.
An Islamic terrorist attack on a refinery leaves the Soviet Union facing a critical oil shortage - okay. The Soviets want Middle Eastern oil - okay. But they recognize that an invasion of Arab nations to take their oil risks a strong American retaliatory response (according to the novel, even a nuclear one.)
So…the Soviets must first attack and splinter NATO apart (thus says one of the Soviet leaders in the book.)
I…don’t follow this. How does a war against NATO improve anything as far as the Middle East is concerned?