Failer

How in the hell do you detonate a huge car bomb, and a suicide bomb, in the middle of a busy shopping area a couple of weeks before Christmas without killing anyone but yourself? I’m sure we’ll learn every little detail about the person who did this, and maybe there are more attacks to follow, but at the moment this looks like more confirmation of DougJ’s thesis that terrorism is for losers.






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  1. 1
    JGabriel says:

    Terrorism Is For Lovers would make such a great follow-up to Love Is A Battlefield. (No link because I really, really, dislike that song,)

    .

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    Onkel Bob says:

    How in the hell do you detonate a huge car bomb, and a suicide bomb, in the middle of a busy shopping area a couple of weeks before Christmas without killing anyone but yourself?

    Because you were more interested in killing yourself than others?

    …Williams is among a small cadre of scholars from across the world pushing the rather contentious idea that some suicide bombers may in fact be suicidal.

    linky

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    El Tiburon says:

    Close only counts in horseshoes, hand grenades and suicide bombs.

    Do we have enough body scanners to install at every mall across America when the first bomb is detonated inside the food court?

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    Baud says:

    As someone who likes to hear all sides of an issue, I’ll withhold judgment until I have an opportunity to assess the counterargument that Terrorism is for Winners!

    edit: /snark (for the snark-impaired – you know who you are.)

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    Odie Hugh Manatee says:

    @Onkel Bob:

    That fits in with those crazy fuckers who want to take as many people out as they can while offing themselves.

    @El Tiburon: “Close only counts in horseshoes, hand grenades and suicide bombs.”

    You forgot teenage love.

    I fully expect some nut to detonate themselves in a large crowd here, you just know it’s going to happen. You also know that the police state will lurch forward a few more steps when that happens.

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    bjacques says:

    Great, the first emo suicide-bomber. Did he go out with ICP on his iPod?

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    David says:

    The only time a terrorist fails is when he’s not mentioned in the news.

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    El Tiburon says:

    @Onkel Bob:
    Wait, are you saying Terrorists are not in fact a group of superior beings that can melt steel with their lazer vision?

    I don’t believe it. I am told the only way to destroy a Terrorist is with a Million dollar missile shot from a drone because their super mind tricks can cause a regular human pilot to cry like a little girl.

    Why I hear the Terrorists are 12 feet tall and never sleep and hide under our beds at night and creep around our attics silent as a mouse.

    I hear stories that terrorists can turn themselves into steel-sharks and are making their way to our shores and will invade our shores and eat our women and children.

    My understanding is we should all be very, very afraid of these SuperTerrorists who never sleep. They are perfect killing machines that can travel through time and space and the New York sewer system.

    Anyway, this is what I hear.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    Last night there was some speculation that the Stockholm bombins were Assange-related. Didn’t make much sense to me: his admirers and supporters may be a lot of things, but “incompetent” nor “suicidal” are not their defining attributes.

    an e-mail to news organizations minutes before the blasts seemed to link them to anger over anti-Islamic cartoons and the war in Afghanistan.

    I get the anger over the war in Afghanistan, but has there been another wave of Scandinavian cartoons mocking Islam/Mohammad/the Qur’an recently?

    And totally O/T but I just heard that the roof of the Metrodome has collapsed because of the weight of all the snow. Holy shit.

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    AhabTRuler says:

    @El Tiburon: Please. Close also counts with nuclear weapons.

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    Yeah, I suppose all the people with experience in the field are dead. A difficult environment for advancement I’d guess.

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    @SiubhanDuinne:

    I just heard that the roof of the Metrodome has collapsed because of the weight of all the snow. Holy shit.

    again?

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    Lavocat says:

    Uh huh. It sure as hell got your attention though, didn’t it? It made you much more conscious of certain things that you didn’t pay that much attention to before now, didn’t it?

    Mission accomplished.

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    jeffreyw says:

    We’re getting some snow here in Glorious Southern Illinois but nothing serious especially because I don’t have to go anywhere. Bird watching out the window, watching cats watch the birds out the window. Pot of what may be kick ass pozole simmering on the stove. Life isn’t too bad at the moment.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @arguing: Did it happen before? I don’t remember that (noit doubting you, I truly don’t remember).

    And apologies to all for the weird and unfortunate double negative in my #9 post. Can’t even blame WordPress for that one. FYSD.

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    @SiubhanDuinne:
    iirc, the metrodome did collapse under snow several years ago. I could be wrong about that, so don’t quote me.

    ETA: It may have been the dome in Detroit.

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    cleek says:

    @bjacques:
    fucking bombs. how do they work?

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    jeffreyw says:

    That’s Glorious Southern Illinois&#174

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    PurpleGirl says:

    According to Wikipedia, The Dome’s roof also collapsed in November 1981 due to snow fall. There have also been a number of deflation events due to tears in the roof’s fabric. The roof is held up by pressurized air in the stadium.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    Thanks, Purple Girl!

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    Gian says:

    Fox will call him a “homicide” bomber anyway. (and put a “D” after his name)

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    Elizabelle says:

    Metrodome roof deflated, not collapsed.

    They’re scrambling to find venue for tomorrow’s Vikings-Giants game.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12.....ts.html?hp

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    Tim H says:

    I kind of suspect the non-loser would-be terrorists feel no urgency to attack, seeing as how we’re pretty much screwing ourselves over.

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    Honus says:

    “DougJ’s thesis that terrorism is for losers.”
    Just a thought, but, based on recent events, (underwear bomber, Times Square etc.) maybe they realize that you don’t send your best and brightest out on suicide missions.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Gian:

    Fox will call him a “homicide” bomber anyway. (and put a “D” after his name)

    I’ve always wondered — what would Fox call someone like the Unabomber who kills people with letter bombs? A remote homicide bomber?

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    […] Today the righties are outraged, and not without cause, about a Stockholm suicide bombing. The bomber was, news accounts say, protesting the publication of anti-Muslim cartoons and the war in Afghanistan. (Since the perpetrator is not around to explain himself we have to guess, but some question the official explanation) […]

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    Brachiator says:

    How in the hell do you detonate a huge car bomb, and a suicide bomb, in the middle of a busy shopping area a couple of weeks before Christmas without killing anyone but yourself?

    I don’t quite understand how only a death counts as success, as though bombings are a kind of video game.

    One man was killed and two other people were injured…

    Survivors are sometimes described as only injured or wounded, even if they lose limbs or sustain horribly crippling brain injuries.

    No, terrorists are not supermen, but this kind of glib cherry picking over the facts to try to “prove” that terrorists are just hapless sad sacks who only hurt themselves is a waste of time.

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    cermet says:

    Some bombers go out of their way to avoid killing people and so try to minimize possible deaths – not many but this has happened a few times – not all want to kill other people but rather, die for the cause. Go figure.

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    Enceladus says:

    The bomber must have been driving a Volkswagen:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rac3SnwO2PU

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    Ari says:

    “Log in to manage your products and services from The New York Times and the International Herald Tribune.”

    My products and serivces, eh? I think not.

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    Cain says:

    @El Tiburon:

    Do we have enough body scanners to install at every mall across America when the first bomb is detonated inside the food court?

    I have smelled several such bombs in my life. Not pretty.

    cain

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    Clayton says:

    The suspect pretty much looks like a white guy. So much for magic Israeli Airport profiling!

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/new.....orist.html

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