Friday, July 08, 2005
Much has been written about the recent bombings in London. It's only been a day, but everyone and their brother knows who did it, how, and why. In any case, they all have an opinion that we are entitled too. As you've already guessed, I have an opinion to which you are entitled. And I will name names.
Without a doubt, the most cogent, fascinating, informed, well written, and long analysis on the subject was written by Kat of Missouri at The Middle Ground. Kat provides everything but names, addresses, phone numbers, and shoe sizes.
First and foremost, I want to express my deepest sympathy for the people of London, especially to those families and friends who have lost those they love. Also, to those who have suffered injury as a result of these cowardly attacks. Direct, premeditated attacks on civilians is not part of any culture or religion with which I would wish to be associated.
There were probably no more than a dozen people involved; possibly even fewer, between 2 and 6 is most likely. There were four bombs; two suspicious packages were exploded, but proved harmless. Each was made of less than ten pounds of explosive, a timer, and other bomb stuff; total weight maybe 12 pounds tops. One to three bombs would be easily carried by one person in a knapsack, shopping bag, or briefcase. The clustering of explosions indicates few people without much time. More couriers could have spread havoc over a larger area of London stretching emergency services very thin.
Many have postulated this attack was in the planning stage for months. Though, it was probably planned months or years ago, there was not necessarily a particular purpose or time for the attack. London had just been awarded a future Olympics Game and the G8 Summit was being held in Scotland. If this was a long time plan, it would have been directed at the G8 in Gleneagles where many of the worlds leaders were gathered. A much more attractive target, even if it failed.
Attacking the London tube system and a double-decker bus smacks of an off-the-shelf operation. A phone call to a London terror cell for something small, but showy; something that says, 'Hello, we're still here and we can strike anywhere, anytime.' Not much planning, very little preparation. Likely, the bombs were already assembled awaiting just such an opportunity as presented itself in London 7/7. It would seem ludicrous that any terror network or cell wouldn't have small operations that can be effected in a matter of hours or even minutes. The Pentagon, the CIA, MI5 & 6, every military in the world have such pre-planned scenarios, why wouldn't the bad guys?
Now for naming names. Somebody or organization named Al -- al-Qaida, al-Zarqawi, al-________ (fill in the blank.) It doesn't really matter. George Bush and America will get the blame. The blame-America-first crowd is already out in fine fettle.
The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.