MAKASSAR, INDONESIA – Can’t a person have a Big Mac – or a Filet-O-Fish – without worrying about a bombing?
Well it was a good run, wasn’t it? McDonalds, I mean. The fast food company founded by Ray Kroc way back in 1955 turned into an international super brand. I have lost track of how many hamburgers they claim to have served: it’s gotta be in the gazillions by now, no?
Of course, it has not all been a bed of roses (a box of fries?). There have been critics, whether it is over salt and fat content or the land used to raise the beef that goes into those Quarter Pounders. Remember ‘Super Size me‘? I’m pretty sure Mickey D’s was not too happy with THAT advertising! There are a lot who see the company as part of any number of problems (global warming, obesity, poor wages…).
On this day in 2002
The Islamist terrorist group Laskar Jundallah, believed linked in some way to the much better known Jemaah Islamiyah, exploded a bomb at a restaurant in Makassar, Indonesia, killing two and wounding 15. As the attacker was in fact a suicide bomber, make that three deaths.
There are still people and perhaps groups who are trying to cause disturbances and perhaps create fear among the public with bombs.National police chief Da’i Bachtiar
Local police believed there was a strong link between the Makassar and Bali bombings, as the main targets in both were American and Australian symbols. Probably. It would hard to top McDonalds as a US brand. Even if the food is so-so.
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