Islamic Finance-U.S. Style
This is one explanation for why the interest cost for the U.S. government actually fell during the first two months of fiscal 2009 despite a soaring debt level.
Zero interest rates should mean that financing of the U.S. deficit has now become at least partially sharia-compliant (Islamic Sharia law forbids the taking of interest, in case you didn't know). I don't know if this will really make al-Quaeda and similar groups much less pissed off at the U.S. government, but it is interesting to see how the U.S. government is now introducing a new version of Islamic finance (usually in Islamic finance, interest is de facto charged, only it is formally made to look like rent or profit)