An interesting tidbit on the London bombing:

A witness who got off the crowded bus just before it exploded told AP he saw an agitated man in his 20s fiddling anxiously with something in his bag.

“This young guy kept diving into this bag or whatever he had in front of his feet, and it was like he was taking a couple of grapes off a bunch of grapes, both hands were in the bag,” said Richard Jones, 61, of Bracknell, west of London.

“He must have done that at least every minute if not every 30 seconds.”

One theory suggested the attacker may have intended to leave his bomb on the underground train but was unable to board because his co-conspirator had already shut the system down.

Here’s another theory: the guy never intended to be a suicide bomber to start with. There is a good chance that none of them intended to die in the attacks. Al Qaeda has no problem sending people on suicide attacks without their knowledge. 14 of the 19 9/11 attackers appeared to not know they were on suicide missions until it was too late. Many of the bombers (like the retarded boy) in Iraq appear to have been people forced into the attack.

I think there is a good chance that all of these guys had been told that they were supposed to drop these bags off and that they would go off on a timer, like in Madrid. What I don’t think they told them was the real time set on the timer. The probably gave them a time half an hour later, and gave them a target destination they couldn’t reach in time. I think this poor bastard figured that out, but too late.

And just to be clear, that serves the bastard right. Al Qaeda likes to keep up the facade that they have hordes of suicide attackers ready and waiting, but I think that they can’t find very many at all.

Oh, and don’t miss this one:

Neighbors of Tanweer in Leeds’ rows of Victorian-era red brick houses were apprehensive and hostile, walking fast past reporters gathered at the cordons. One warehouse worker, who would only give his first name, Saj, said Tanweer was a “good lad” and athlete.

“He was quiet,” he said. “He was religious. He went to every mosque here. There are loads of mosques here.”

(Via Q&O)


  1. Mexigogue says:

    I was talking to a pool playing buddy about how they often pick the dim and easily influenced for the suicide missions. In fact one of the suicide bombers of the US embassies in Africa (late 1990s) figured out he wasn’t needed anymore (his job was to distract the guards with grenades while the other dude drove the truck bomb past). After the truck got past he thought fuck it and ran. Building explodes and he makes to the airport (injured).

    Later at the aiport an employee is suspicious seeing this bearded injured guy buying a one way ticket out of the country. He asks “Are you a terrorist? Were you involved in that attack today?” The guy answers “yes”.

  2. Phelps says:

    “Yes… I mean, NO.”

  3. MikeT says:

    Life is never too desparate for someone to lay down their life in a war against an “enemy” that quite frankly wants to leave them alone, especially when you have friends and family that love you and support you. Al Qaida and other Islamists have given the Muslim world many reasons to hate us, to even want to kill us, but not to go into our cities and commit a multiple murder-suicide attack on the “enemy.”

    The truth is that they hate us because our success is a repudiation of Islam. Even with our decadence we are far more advanced than any Islamic country. That shouldn’t be possible according to the Koran. We’re just not an enemy that can inspire enough hatred in the majority of even the most disillusioned youths to go sacrifice their lives to kill our women and children. That’s why they have to trick these poor saps.

  4. MikeT says:

    Btw you’ve been blogrolled. A link in return would be appreciated 🙂

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  6. Vivian Louise says:

    Boneheaded, wrongthinking, jihadist idiots should die, most especially if they choose to plant bombs in crowded civilian areas. It’s just a shame they weren’t a bit late, then they could have all been together in their car, leaving only a bigass pot hole and a little jelly on the sidewalk, that would have been all. Morons.