NEW YORK, USA – Sometimes terrorists are really dumb: that is good for everyone else.
Every once in a while I come across a news article where a terrorist, or a group of them, fail miserably at planning an act of violent extremism. Here is a good example.
The lesson did not go well.
On other occasions, actual attacks go awry when the terrorists are too stupid to wire their explosives correctly.
On this day in 1973
The Black September terrorist organisation hatched a plot to assassinate then-Israeli prime minister Golda Meir during a visit to New York. One of the bombs was placed in El Al’s cargo terminal at John F. Kennedy Airport. The other bombs were placed at locations in Manhattan.
They did not go off.
That could have been a really terrible situation had Golda Meir’s motorcade been passing by one of the vehicles parked alongside outside the airport.NSA analyst James Welsh
Luckily some terrorists are simply not very good at what they do. Let’s hope more are equally incompetent.
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