saturday's incident in Glasgow makes clear what many of us have suspected: these so-called "al-Qaeda" jihadists lacked the skills to do much damage at all. yes, many could have been hurt or even killed on that busy street, and the nails in the two Mercedes would have been nasty, but was this a threat to the reported 1700 ladies-night partygoers inside the Tiger Tiger nightclub? hardly.
the driver, weaving erratically, clearly had lost his nerve when he crashed the Mercedes sedan and ran away.
a hint of this came in the first news reports early Friday:
"According to British television reports, a police officer found a cellphone inside the vehicle that was to be the bomb's trigger and turned it off."
the second car, parked around the corner, was towed to an underground garage because it was parked illegally.
"It was only many hours later, after news of the first bomb blanketed the airwaves, that workers notified police that the towed car reeked of gasoline."
if they were competent terrorists, or even criminals, ya think that they might have attempted to destroy the evidence - by blowing it up?
good perspective on this comes from Thomas C Greene writing for the Register (UK):
"Police and securocrats know that there aren't enough real terrorists in the world, which is why they have to keep manufacturing them. This is because citizens tire of being watched by cameras, frisked and x-rayed, having their belongings searched, giving fingerprints to so-called friendly nations on entry, contemplating the myriad government databases where their details and activities are preserved, and wondering if some dour little bureaucrat is reading their email or listening to them on the phone...
Yes, it could have been a real horror. Only, the device could not have detonated. Not under any circumstances. You see, the terrorist wannabe clown who built it left out a crucial element: an oxidiser. The device was pure pre-teen boy fantasy...
They don't realise that air is a poor oxidiser, and the only "explosion" they will get is when gas pressure inside the cylinders is great enough to burst them. Then the propane will ignite, and a nice fireball will blossom. A fireball, not an explosion."
speaking of Bozos: guess which presidential candidate is making political hay from these incidents?