More useful idiots pointing out that the recent car bomb attempts in London and Glasgow Airport couldn't harm anyone and so we should simply ignore them, treat the news the same as "Farmer Brown's sheep wanders onto highway causing fender bender."
Ex-CIA Man Exposes Hysteria Of Car "Bomb" Terror
Countering the frothing rabid hysteria that is being whipped up by a fervent media in response to three failed car "bomb" attacks in the last few days in the UK, ex-CIA agent Larry Johnson joined Keith Olbermann to underscore the truth behind the madness - that the so-called bombs were primitive at best and would not have killed anybody.
I left this comment on the article:
Terrorists learn by trial and error. When they figure out how to do it better, you'll be singing a different tune.
Also, I don't care that more people die from heart-attacks than die crossing the street - does that mean I shouldn't look both ways before crossing?
When one person dies from e-coli on spinach, we take all the spinach off the shelves. Hysteria? Yes. Over-reaction? Yes. Disproportionate response? Yes. But is it proper and necessary? Yes.
Please spare me the silly "no one could have died." This time.
[Actually three deaths in confirmed cases have been associated with the spinach/e-coli outbreak as of 6 Oct 2006]
It is quite silly to ask why we worry about a few ineffective car-bombs in the UK while car-bombs go off regularly in Iraq. If I were in Baghdad perhaps I would be blase about car bombs going off in my local Shop-Rite. But here, in a non-war-zone one has the expectation of relative peace from Islamic terrorists.
The insurgents in Iraq have learned over time, through trial and error, how to improvise better bombs, that's why they call them Improvised Explosive Devices. As soon as we bring in vehicles that deflect road bombs they will, through trial and error, make bombs that work better. The problem in Iraq is that we did not attack Iran first, which supplies most of the weapons and support for the insurgency. But I digress.
The important thing is that we learn a lesson from Iraq, that terrorists will make trial runs. I am not impressed with the argument that these were amateurish attempts that could harm no one. The response is not over-reaction, if anything it is still too timid. The proper reaction would be to deport any Muslim that is slightly suspicious. At the least, stop letting more come into the country.
Over-reaction! When the time comes, the UK public will scream that this reaction was too timid, too little, too late.
Click here to follow Reuters video coverage on the defused car bomb in central London
1 Jul 2007,
British police arrest five after car bomb attacks
British police arrested a fifth person on Sunday after a fuel-loaded jeep was rammed into Scotland's busiest airport in what police said was a terrorist attack linked to two failed car bombings in London.
The mode, timing and targets of the three attacks suggested a campaign linked to Prime Minister Gordon Brown's taking office earlier this week, security sources said. Brown himself said he saw a direct link to radical Islamists.
Those arrested included a 26-year-old man and a 27-year-old woman seized on a major highway in northern England on Saturday night and another man, 26, who was detained in Liverpool, 220 miles south of Glasgow, on Sunday.
Two more men, described by witnesses as Asians, were taken into custody on Saturday immediately after they slammed a Jeep Cherokee into Glasgow airport and set the vehicle ablaze.
I doubt that witnesses said "Asians", more likely it was "bloody Muslim buggers!" Reuters continues to be uncomfortable with the word Muslim.
As for trial and error: The first attempt at the WTC didn't bring it down. Amateurs, eh?
British terror, dhimmitude, multiculturalism
Lord Thomas Murray Elder, a member of the British House of Lords, is also chancellor of the Scotland-based Al Maktoum Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies in Dundee. ... In April 2007 Lord Thomas Murray Elder said "that the legacy of misunderstanding from the previous colonial era is no longer relevant to today's world." He was in Abu Dhabi speaking at a symposium on 'Multiculturalism.'Question to Lord Elder: What do you think is the remedy for Islamophobia?
I think there is mutual incomprehension sometimes and the case is that there are a lot of people in the West that do not understand the fundamentals of Islam.
In my country, the United Kingdom there is a big Muslim community. It is incumbent on us and on them to work together to make sure we all work harmoniously. I am not saying that the Muslim community should lose their identity or their culture... certainly not. (read it all at WebIslam)
That is the mistake that the UK leaders are making. They allow unlimited immigration of Muslims into their country and they do not require them to assimilate. In fact, the UK does the opposite. They have allowed the Muslims to change the British culture to adapt to Islam. Also if there is any antisemitism in Brown or his cabinet officers, this will become obvious in the near future.
The real threat is that Islamic terrorists from outside of London may be networking with the homegrown ones:
There is one interesting thing to note from the first reports of the car bomb found in London, and that is the suspected techniques used to make the improvised explosive device:The British security official said there were similarities between the device and vehicle bombs used by insurgents in Iraq.
The official also said the domestic spy agency MI5 would examine possible connections between Friday's bomb attempt and at least two similar foiled plots — to attack a London nightclub in 2004 and to pack limousines with gas canisters and shrapnel.
Big Lizards has interesting details on the MRAP: the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected class of vehicles in his article Wacking the Moles, Sealing the Holes.