Thursday, July 21, 2005

New London Incident Pt. 2

I'm sure you've heard all about the second group of bombings by now, but if you haven't, check out Reuters and the BBC; their coverage is as good as any until more information comes out.

In my opinion, this was the work of the same group of terrorists. At this time I think one of two things happened: 1) It was planned all along to have 2 attacks, with the first attack with their top 4 bomb/bomber combinations, or 2) they used the leftover explosives to attempt the second bombing after seeing the effects of the first. There doesn't seem to be enough evidence to support one option or the other at the moment. Either way, whoever planned and coordinated both of these attacks knew that they had one group of higher quality explosive devices and one group of lesser quality devices. I don't want to speculate too much on this right now, but hopefully the dearth of evidence recovered at the failed bomb sites along with the arrested suspects will provide a wealth of information with which security services can track down and destroy the leaders of this particular terrorist cell.

For extensive commentary, check out The Counterterroism Blog (and make it a daily read). They're all over this one.

Related: Check out Australian PM John Howard's response today to a reporter's inane question about Iraq. It's great.

Also Related: NYC subway travelers carrying bags will now be searched randomly. My personal view: a necessary inconvenience. Still, I think I can actually hear the annoying voices of the ACLU lawyers clamoring for someone to sue.

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