Transition Terrorism updated

VIDEO: Scotland Yard weighs in.

One car explodes at an airport in Glasgow*, with two guys arrested, and everyone
cries the sky is falling.

The Queen is in Scotland today for the inauguration of Scotland’s third Parliament, the first to be under Nationalist minority control.

This is what can happen when there is a transition in government. Blair steps
down. Brown takes over.
Terrorists strike. As for “terrorists,” so far we mean renegade individuals
in a car who didn’t want to die for jihad. (Update: One of the men who bombed drove the car into the Glasgow airport died en route to the hospital.) As for yesterday, some guys who couldn’t
even pull off a car bombing. It’s called an unsuccessful attempt.

What does a successful transition terrorist attack look like? Go back to when Bush senior handed over the presidential reins to Bill Clinton and we had our first World Trade Center bombing, just a little over one month after Clinton took over. It was masterminded by Ramzi Yousef, Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman, but as far as is known, Bush senior didn’t hand over any terror warnings to Clinton. Also remember that 9/11 happened just months after George W. Bush took over, after the Clinton administration and Richard Clarke warned about the dangers of Al Qaeda and long after we’d come to know Osama bin Laden was a real threat. Bush walked into office unimpressed.

The London attacks do not come close to a real, coordinated blow. But happening right when Blair steps down should be part of the story. So far it’s not.

The cable networks are a twitter. Because if it’s Saturday, it must be sensationalism.

… My main beef remains that much of the cable news media reacts to this
nonsense like a fifty year old guy on Viagra or Cialis–they pop major wood.
And the same warnings are appropriate–an erection lasting more than four
hours may be harmful. Amen.


“Terror thriller type incident,” says an “expert”
on MSNBC. David Shuster’s got a tough gig today. So far no one has mentioned the transition terrorism link. It’s far more fun to say boo.

Cue the speculation. Prepare to run amok.

* TM NOTE: This post has been updated, because early draft was mistakenly posted, instead of final edition.