Thursday, July 21, 2005

London Attacks (dismal failure for the terrorists)

The reports on this story are still sketchy at this point. It appears as though there were at least three, if not four, explosions in and around the London Underground, two weeks to the day of the previous terror attacks. From what I can see this operation was botched and certainly doesn't display the planning and organization of previous Al Quieda attacks. From FoxNews:

"Some witnesses said they heard gunshots at the Warren Street stop but according to Sky News, police believe those noises were actually detonators going off for bombs that didn't explode."...

...""People were panicking. But very fortunately the train was only 15 seconds from the station," witness Ivan McCracken told Sky News."

McCracken said he smelled smoke, and people were panicking and coming into his carriage. He said he spoke to an Italian man who was comforting a woman after the evacuation.

"He said that a man was carrying a rucksack and the rucksack suddenly exploded. It was a minor explosion but enough to blow open the rucksack," McCracken said. "The man then made an exclamation as if something had gone wrong. At that point everyone rushed from the carriage.""

What strikes me here is that the terrorists seem to be getting less sophisticated and more desperate. As of now there are no casualties reported and the bombs used were smaller and much more crude (nail bombs in at least one case) than we have come to expect. Either this means that these bombings were the work of an amateur group or that Al Quieda and it's subsidiaries have been greatly weakened and put off balance by our relentless vigilance in finding them. In other words, the war on terror is succeeding - thank you President Bush.

What also is impressive is the resilience of the British people in the aftermath of these attacks. While watching the events on FoxNews it was interesting to note the contrast of the sights and sounds. The audio of reporters on the scene described chaos and panic as sirens blared in the background while at the same time an arial view of the London streets showed citizens calmly going about their day, walking, riding bicycles, even double-decker buses making their routes. No doubt that London's history of violence from the IRA has left them a bit jaded but there is also evidence of a mindset that is simply not going to accept terror on the terrorists' terms. This is the best way to fight these punks. Nothing frustrates and demoralizes a terrorist more than seeing that all of their best efforts to inflict horror on a people have fallen flat. I hope that Spain is taking notes.

The network news is, of course, still insisting that this as a "serious event" and they are holding out hope that there was at least one casualty that they can report. Not that this couldn't have been much worse but you can sense the disappointment from the MSM.