More london bombings (in Off-topic)
July 21 2005 8:42 AM EDT
Everyone please pray for the victims of the bombings that are going on right now in London, so far a subway and a bus have been hit today... lets hope those are the only two bombs
July 21 2005 8:46 AM EDT
Reports are very very unclear in London as to what is happening. Although from what we are being told (I work for the London Underground - subway) there has not been any body hurt on the subway incident.
July 21 2005 8:50 AM EDT
Yes I work for Department of Homeland in the U.S. and we are hearing no injuries as of yet, and that one of the explosions was only a rucksack forcefully blowing up... but... it is the 2 week mark of the last ones... never know what some crazy person is going to do :(
July 21 2005 8:52 AM EDT
Unfortunately London has a long history of being a target for various crazies. I've lived through many terrorist threats - in the end you are always careful, wary but you have to just go ahead with your daily business. This is my city and nobody is going to make me afraid to live here!
4 'incidents'. Oval, Warrent St and Shepherds bush sataion and a number 26 bus in hackney.
So far it's not being treated on the same scale as the first lot.
Detinators only it seems...
Seems like some kind of sick copy cats... >_<
July 21 2005 9:03 AM EDT
Sick copy cats, or tactical diversion... tie up the police then hit something big... but lets not hope that, sure I"m paid to think up stuff like that, and was in my previous career in the military... but yeah its probably just some idiots... because someone said the guy carrying one of the rucksacks said something like "sorry its a mix up" allegedly
1 person at Warren St. has received an injury.
If it's not copy cats, it's some kind of anti-terrorist practice/demo....
Attacks like these make sense from the terrorist's point of view. Smaller bombs are cheaper and easier to obtain/conceal. The smaller explosions still shutdown part (or even all) of the transportation network. This screws up productivity for the day and costs the nation millions of pounds in lost work. It may also impact the stock and money markets due to fear trading. (They can cash in on that by buying or shorting those stocks most likely to move due to the bombings)
The fact that the explosions were small also creates fear that they make have been a virus or poison delivery system instead of the primary attack. Which shuts the system down even longer while police investigate.
Secondary impacts are felt in other major city centers (like NY) where police reserves and bomb squads all get deployed (at great cost). Increased "security" at bridges, tunnels, and airports cause massive backups likewise screwing up productivity in those areas.
The terrorists are doing very well in their war. So far, what I've seen of the US and UK responses to these attacks (and the Spain and NY attacks) are not doing a lot to stop the terrorists from attacking again. Instead, the reactions actual help the terrorist's goals of damaging confidence in local and federal governments and causing massive economic damage to the target countries.
Of course, once the small explosions no longer cause a big reaction from people, the terrorists will stage another big attack on whatever infrastructure currently isn't being guarded that closely.
July 21 2005 11:43 AM EDT
Am listening to Fox News who is getting info from Sky News across the pond.
It seems that the devices did not explode but the detenators went off.
I have you all in my prayers.
July 21 2005 1:39 PM EDT
Ok, Sukotto paints a bleak picture, but luckily MrWuss comes back and reassures us that there is still a large possibility that the people committing these crimes are not the best coordinators and/or bomb experts and any massive damage they do is more likely due to luck than thought out planning...
I'll second Mrwuss. Latest is all the bombs were designed to kill, but all had the same fault and only the detonators went off...
It was either that or they were 'dirty' bombs, but they found no evidence of chemical/biological components.
July 24 2005 4:55 AM EDT
I think it's all very sad.
Terrorism is a desperate act from an oppressed minority.
Oppressing them further will only aggravate stuff.
Why can't we just learn to love and tolerate each other and do away with all those horrible things from both sides?
Never mind answering that question, it's rhetorical.
All j00 n33d is lov3! Everybody!
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