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Don’t They Understand

The UK just doesn’t understand terrorism. Okay, so Police avert car bomb ‘carnage’ , by having an ambulance driver notify the police that there was a car that appeared to be filled with smoke on the street.

Now they have defused the device, and begin the race for evidence by shipping it off to a special laboratory, and begin checking security cameras to look for the people who parked it on the street.

This will probably result in arrests, trials, and long prison terms for those responsible.

Didn’t anyone tell them they should have called in an airstrike on the car and then invaded a country picked at random, rather than relying in wimpy police procedures that will result in the punishment of those responsible without any innocent people dying. What kind of way is that to fight a “War on Terror,” without any war.

Oops – Update: Second car bomb located in the police impound lot where it had been towed for a parking violation. [I’m not making this up.]

[See Number 7 below]


1 Alice { 06.29.07 at 8:54 pm }

Luckily our news shows made up for the lack of hysteria across the pond.

2 Bryan { 06.29.07 at 9:14 pm }

Alice, I was in Germany in the 1970s and we had all kinds of terrorists and just plain criminals running around with automatic weapons and bombs, and nobody panicked.

Hell, my boss at the time had a cooler he kept by the door of his room in the barracks so he would be comfortable while the bomb team ran the monthly searches based on threats. We sat in the parking lot and got drunk on Wild Turkey and Coke [with a splash of soda because the Euro-Coke was so sweet.]

I was in Britain when the IRA was in high gear, and no one suggested all of the garbage that everyone is put through now.

3 Alice { 06.29.07 at 9:39 pm }

I agree, the over-reaction is totally batshit insane. They are getting hysterical over a bomb that didn’t explode in a country half a world away. It. Did. Not. Explode.

Sheesh. These people glom onto these stories like an addict does crack. They really and seriously do need to get a life, as their constant swooning and having vapors at the drop of a hat is enough to make Chicken Little blush.

4 Alice { 06.29.07 at 9:44 pm }

If their hysteria over a non-existent threat to their person is any indication, the first sign of hardship in their lives and they’d just crumble. For instance, they wouldn’t be able to maintain their calm and use the soda to dilute the overly sweet Euro-Coke while being sniffed by bomb dogs.

5 Bryan { 06.29.07 at 11:41 pm }

I was at Rhein-Main AB at Frankfurt when the Army installation was bombed and killed and wounded Americans. The Munich Olympics occurred while I was there. It was real, and it was happening all around us, but we didn’t let it take over our lives.

Live through a few blizzards, earthquakes, floods, hurricane, or tornadoes and then tell me what’s so scary about some whackos.

6 jams o donnell { 06.30.07 at 1:22 am }

Hmm does that mean some americans not visiting London as a result… again? Perhaps thy should consider alternative vacations in New York or Oklahoma. There’s never ben a bombing in either city, now has there…. idiots.

7 hipparchia { 06.30.07 at 1:49 am }

i’ve been to both those places. nobody bombed me.

8 whig { 06.30.07 at 3:22 am }

Bryan, it does change my perspective a bit being in Berkeley. I’ve had a few small quakes, nothing to scare me, but here’s the thing — I’m at a lot more risk of dying in a natural event like that than in some terror attack, and we’re in a lot more danger from our own government if you know anything about history.

9 whig { 06.30.07 at 3:24 am }

And now Gordon Brown has shown his hand, and he is more of the same dreck.

10 cat daddy and dr squeeky { 06.30.07 at 7:42 am }

So… Britain is not invading Mauritania? I heard the car once belonged to the cousin of an art dealer than once had an encounter with a waitress whose brother once dated a girl from Mauritania, whose brother just plainly put gave me the creeps… That’s not enough to bomb?

11 Bryan { 06.30.07 at 9:50 am }

Actually, Jams, I think the value of the dollar and the crap you have to go through to fly anymore will affect the number of US tourists more than this, but you certainly don’t need the terror-mongering that the US media promotes if you work in UK tourism.

Yep, earthquakes in California are a good deal more certain than a whacko, Whig, and Mr. Brown needs to back off. The Brits have an excellent system in place. They catch the people responsible and put them away. The US used to be able to do that.

Not so loud, CD, or you’ll be quoted on CNN by an administration official as justification for sending a carrier battle group to the west coast of Africa.