The similarities between Boston and 7/7 continue to grow
As the similarities grow, we can only hope the lessons learned follow
The more that comes out of the investigation into the Boston bombings, the more I see chilling similarities between what happened there and what happened in London on that fateful day, July 7th, 2005.
What really concerns me is the shock of some in the commentariat that such a thing should occur. Then again much of the American commentariat could not fathom it was Islamists that planted the bombs. They were either ignorant of the events of 7/7 (and 7/21) or they merely chose to ignore them for their own agenda(s).
Let’s start out with the one glaring difference between the two: The 7/7 bombers were willing to kill themselves to maximize casualties while the two brothers in Boston made their escape to presumably use the rest of their bombs (six according to reports) for more death and mayhem:
“The two Boston Marathon bombing suspects had at least six bombs - three of which exploded, handguns and a rifle when police officers first confronted them in a dark residential street in Watertown, a Boston suburb, police said on Saturday.”
The similarities are quite striking, from the targets to the motivation. The fact the pressure cooker IED didn’t help the mainstream media in the US to realise this was an Islamist attack really makes you wonder about their competence. The pressure cooker IED is popular with Islamist terrorists the world over.
In both cases authorities were made aware of the activities of the individuals and decided not to do anything for whatever reason. In both cases the bombers relied on the naiveté, generosity and trust of their local community to allow them to commit the heinous crimes. In both cases they went off to get training from Islamists but were not flagged up by the authorities. In the US the FBI decided not to follow up on leads given to them by the Russians; in the UK a similar oversight occurred when one of the bombers, Mohammad Sidique Khan, was scrutinised briefly by MI5 who concluded that he was not a likely threat.
I am sure more similarities and influences will become apparent in the months to come as the investigation continues.
Ultimately, however, we all hope this terrible incident reminds both the UK and American authorities what these vile vermin are capable of in their goal to kill everyone unlike them. Unfortunately I suspect that after a few months or years Americans will head, as the UK citizens have done, back into a complacency that will allow these types of acts to happen once more.
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