Saturday, June 30, 2007

Slapstick Terrorism

Seriously, this sounds like Beavis and Butthead got into the terror business:

GLASGOW, Scotland -- A Jeep Cherokee trailing a cascade of flames rammed into Glasgow airport on Saturday, shattering glass doors just yards from passengers lined up at the check-in counters, in what appeared to be the third attempted terror attack in Britain in days.


The green Jeep barreled toward Glasgow's main airport terminal shortly after 3 p.m., hitting security barriers before crashing into the glass doors, witnesses said.

Police subdued the driver and a passenger, both described by witnesses as South Asian _ a term used to refer to people from Pakistan, Afghanistan and other countries in the region _ arresting them and taking one to the hospital. Witnesses said one of the men was engulfed in flames and spoke "gibberish" as an official used a fire extinguisher to douse the fire.


The airport was evacuated and all flights suspended. Flames and black smoke rose from the Jeep outside the main entrance. It did not appear there were any injuries aside from the suspect who had been set afire.

I haven't turned on the TV. I'm sure they're all shrill and hysterical over the latest "terrorist attack." But the incident detailed above sounds less a serious terrorist attack and more like a silly act of desperation by clearly disturbed (and stupid) individuals who identify with jihad and/or the three stooges.

UPDATE: David Shuster is speculating on MSNBC that this may have been a botched suicide car bomb attack and that it seems to be linked to yesterday's averted car bomb attacks in London.

If this is so, then Larry Johnson says these guys are pretty clearly amateurs:

If today's events at Glasgow prove to be linked to the two non-events yesterday in London, then we should heave a sigh of relief. We may be witnessing the implosion of takfiri jihadists--religious fanatics who are incredibly inept. While I am not an explosives expert I am good friends with one of the world's foremost explosives experts. Propane tanks and petrol (gas for us Americans) can produce a dandy flame and a mighty boom but these are not the tools for making a car bomb long the lines of what we see detonating on a daily basis in Iraq.

One more thing: the White House doesn't seem to be taking these attacks all that seriously either. Preznut Bush has kept to his vacation schedule in Maine - he's been biking and fishing.

Would he remain fishing and biking if these attacks signaled a potential terrorist Armageddon in either Britain or the United States?

I think not - sure, he didn't do shit during the first few days of Katrina, but don't you think he'd jump on the chance to regain the "I'm the Anti-Terrorism Preznut" mantle?

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