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Monday, July 2, 2007

Terrorists, Morons or Just Idiots?


Patterns emerge from London and Glasgow


9/11 gave a false impression: not all Islamist terrorists are masterminds, says crispin black
Security authorities believe the men who rammed their jeep into Glasgow airport's departure area on Saturday were acting in concert with the London West End car bombers the day before. The men were part of the same group or network, even if only loosely connected.
Some of the individuals involved are clearly known to authorities. That the police have not released a 'crystal clear' CCTV image of the man who parked his bomb outside the Tiger Tiger nightclub suggests they know who he is and are confident of tracking him down without having to appeal to the public for help.
The attacks appear to have other things in common. They were all bungled. It is no comfort that the three bombs were simply constructed, even rudimentary - so is the Kalashnikov rifle responsible for more misery and death than any other fire arm. But it is a
It is unlikely that this group could plan and execute a so-called ‘catastrophic attack’
comfort that all three Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Devices (VBIEDs) failed to detonate properly, suggesting that the bomb makers have yet to master some of the fundamentals of their grisly trade.
This is important. We cannot be sure that the series of attacks is over yet. But we have got a good idea of the level of professionalism of the terrorists trying to carry them out. It is unlikely that this group could plan and execute a so-called 'catastrophic attack'. They have struggled so far to deliver bog-standard car bombs effectively.
It is also important in readjusting the public's perception of terrorism. The 9/11 attacks gave Islamist terrorists a cachet which perhaps most of them do not deserve. They are not all masterminds.
In their murderous and conceited fantasies, British jihadists no doubt see themselves as outwitting MI5, the SAS and Special Branch - but not London's ever-energetic traffic wardens, who unceremoniously towed away a primed and ready-to-go car bomb in the early hours of Friday morning.
http://www.thefirstpost.co.uk/
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