May 11, 2011: Police foil anarchist bombing in Chile

On May 11, 2011 Chilean police deactivated a bomb outside a bank placed by anarchists from the Núcleo Antagónico Nueva Guerrilla Urbana.

VITACURA, CHILE – Fame is a fickle mistress: who wants to be remembered as a terrorist?

I suppose that we all hope to be remembered after we leave this mortal coil, no? It doesn’t have to be a huge memory: I’m not talking about a state funeral or a brand of peanut butter or anything. Just an acknowledgement that we were here for a bit: lived, loved, laughed and meant something to someone. Hopefully several someones.

But what if you are a bad dude?

There are, of course, lots of those, ranging from arch criminals to dictators to terrorists. And since nothing gets more attention than bad news (if it bleeds it leads) you can bet the mortgage that these people are indeed part of recalled history.

If we had newspapers in MY day I would be on the front page every day! (Photo: By Sayf al-Vâhidî. Hérât. Afghanistan – Bibliothèque nationale de France. Département des Manuscrits. Division orientale. Supplément persan 1113, fol. 65v, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons)

Some terrorists are so ‘famous‘ (infamous?) that they lend their name to new groups. Like in this example.

On this day in 2011

Chilean police in Vitacura deactivated a bomb outside a bank, thus thwarting a terrorist attack. Pamphlets found nearby were in the name of Núcleo Antagónico Nueva Guerrilla Urbana (Spanish for Antagonist Nucleus of New Urban Guerrillas – what a stupid name!).

Solidarity with anarchist and subversive prisoners around the world! For the extension of the revolt! Long live the permanent insurrection! Long live anarchy!

Anarchists’ slogan

This particular foiled attack was claimed in the name of Mauricio Morales, an anarchist who was killed two years’ earlier when a bomb he was carrying in his backpack exploded. And for that he deserves to be commemorated? I don’t think so!

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By Phil Gurski

Phil Gurski is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd. Phil is a 32-year veteran of CSE and CSIS and the author of six books on terrorism.

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