Terrorism: a piece of piss
Reuters reports a new leak hinting at another "intelligence failure", this time about how we seemed taken by surprise by the London bombs:
"Pressure on the country's intelligence services intensified on Tuesday with the leaking of a memo in which they said just weeks before the London bombings that there was no group with the motive and means to attack."Of course, it might have helped if our boys hadn't had their mole uncovered by our closest allies, but still - that remains unproven...
Is this another attempt to shift the blame? We've already had accusations that it was thanks to the Iraq war (dismissed by the government, obviously), Islam's "evil" nature (by idiots), the BNP (my little contribution), the EU (probably) and God knows who else. Why not shunt it onto the one group of people who are doing their utmost to protect us from terrorism?
"Not my fault." says Tony, "I was acting on the very best intelligence." - Sound familiar?
Of course, what this could be an indication of (my personal favourite theory) is merely that it's a piece of piss to conduct a terrorist attack. You don't need some vast intergalactic conspiracy of bearded men in caves. All you need is some desperate, stupid and psychotic people, access to the internet, and someone with the balls to track down some explosives. Or has every single suicide bomber on the West Bank or in Iraq since the occupation (yet more today, surprise surprise) been part of some vast, James Bond style organisation?
Yes, it's a worrying prospect that any nutter with a bomb could blow us all to shit. That doesn't make it not true.
Remember that poor young mother walking her kid who got stabbed in the neck by some random stranger? That could happen to anyone at any time. The fact that it doesn't is less to do with the lack of vast networks of psychotic knifemen, all planning their next strike in some sinister underground lair, or even with the brilliant job our security services are doing (and they are, most of the time). It has a lot more to do with the fact that the vast, vast majority of people are not sociopaths.
That old IRA quote about them only having to be lucky once was bandied around a lot last week. It's spot on. Just because a terrorist attack succeeds does not necessarily mean it was meticulously planned. The buggers may have easily just got lucky. It may easily have just been a (relatively) spur of the moment thing.
I called it a while back - wankerish amateurs. The more I hear about our pathetic little bombers, the more I'm convinced it's true.