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March 4, 1973: Attempted assassination of Israeli prime minister in New York City

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

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.

A few weeks ago thirty Taliban terrorists, six of them foreigners, were killed by an explosion inside a mosque where they had gathered for a “bomb-making training” session in northern Afghanistan.

The lesson did not go well. 

Terrorist MOs
I’ve featured this image before but it’s too appropriate not to share again. Let’s hope they get a failing grade! (Photo: Pakistan Today)

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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By Phil Gurski

Phil Gurski is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd. and Programme Director for the Security, Economics and Technology (SET) hub at the University of Ottawa’s Professional Development Institute (PDI). Phil is a 32-year veteran of CSE and CSIS and the author of five books on terrorism.

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