In effect, it appears that BP repeatedly chose risky procedures in order to reduce costs and save time and made minimal efforts to contain the added risk."But what if the cost of those cost-cutting measures that led to a variety of environmental disasters for BP isn't just the fines and lawsuits that follow? What if the real cost is that individual executives and their families are now specifically targeted by radical environmental activists? What if these environmental activists, like other revolutionary groups before them, are trying to stop the system of greed and destruction that is the oil industry by scaring the tar balls out of the individuals in charge? It's not that far fetched a political strategy. It's been around at least since the Decembrists (no, not the Indie rock group- the Russian upstarts of the 1800s). Yet bombing the indivduals responsible is still the tactic of revolutionary groups. States and state-like entities, like the US or Al Qaeda, prefer to bomb innocent civilian populations. And although this is a tactic of power, it is really not a great way to get people on your side. But when the powerless start taking out the individuals (and perhaps their families) who directly profit from the greed that is the oil industry, something revolutionary is afoot. Bombing oil executives is an immediate way to get people to notice that things like the BP oil spill didn't just happen by accident or as the result of some human-less system. The oil spill happened because individuals in charge made decisions that put all of us at risk so that they could increase profit. Instead, we are given a story that BP and the oil industry are these big machines that are unstoppable in their destruction of the environment. But in fact, actual humans made the decisions that creates such horror. The Gulf wasn't destroyed without individuals choosing to increase their wealth and the company's profit. I have to admit that whoever did this may have made a mistake by targeting the wife of the oil exec and not the exec himself, but perhaps they were trying to send a message not to the American people, but to the oil industry itself. In other words, if this sort of greed is how you operate, you or your family might be at risk. And that's a message that so far has not been heard. Sure- I know we're all guilty by association. I drive a car. I heat my home. I have more electronics than could possibly be ethical. But my complicity is not at the same level as an oil executive and neither is yours. At least I hope complicity is different than guilt in the eyes of environmental revolutionaries. Otherwise, the next exploding box of chocolates could be for us.