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Saturday, July 16, 2005

Experiment in Terror 

Courtesy of Zemblan patriot J.M., a theory of the London tube bombings that, if true, may bode ill for future recruiting efforts by Al Qaeda:
THE London bombers may have been duped into killing themselves so their secrets stayed hidden.

Police and MI5 are probing if the four men were told by their al-Qaeda controller they had time to escape after setting off timers. Instead, the devices exploded immediately.

A security source said: "If the bombers lived and were caught they'd probably have cracked. Would their masters have allowed that to happen? We think not."

The evidence is compelling: The terrorists bought return rail tickets, and pay and display car park tickets, before boarding a train at Luton for London. None of the men was heard to cry "Allah Akhbar!" - "God is great" - usually screamed by suicide bombers as they detonate their bomb.

Their devices were in large rucksacks which could be easily dumped instead of being strapped to their bodies. They carried wallets containing their driving licences, bank cards and other personal items. Suicide bombers normally strip themselves of identifying material.

Similar terror attacks against public transport in Madrid last year were carried out by recruits who had time to escape and planned to strike again.
As the story continues to evolve, the explanations become ever more Byzantine. We are not yet quite as cynical as our colleagues at Xymphora, who raise nine curious points related to the London bombings in a post recommended to us by the exalted Avedon Carol. Points 1, 2, 3 (in which one alleged suicide bomber's identity papers were recovered at two, count 'em, two attack sites), 4, 7, and 9 are, we feel, of especial interest.

The inescapably bad news comes from Der Spiegel (via our distinguished colleague the Heretik). Initial reports suggested that the London bombs were primitive affairs. Police subsequently claimed that the technological sophistication of the bombs was a sure indication of Al Qaeda's involvement. Here's the latest:
Police have now revealed that the bombs were made out of ingredients which are available over the counter in normal pharmacies. According to BBC sources, the chemical is acetone peroxide and has been discovered at one of the bombers' homes in Leeds. Originally, because of the size of the explosions, police had assumed that the bombs had been manufactured commercially or militarily. The idea of anyone building such weapons in their spare bedroom is naturally a chilling thought.

Particularly worrying is the fact that this is the same chemical which Richard Reid had in his shoes when he boarded the trans-Atlantic flight from Europe to America in 2001, presumably with the intention of blowing the plane up. Does this point to a complex terrorist network or simply the ubiquity of home-made explosives? Neither idea is particularly comforting . . . .

The fact that three of the four terrorists came from Leeds and were British-born makes a mockery of any attempts at stricter immigration controls.

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