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Worst Boston Bombing prediction in one image

Worst Boston Bombing prediction in one image

And you thought it was bad here.

Via Tim Blair’s blog (h/t sdog), an image that ran last Friday morning in the Sydney Morning Herald, as part of a column praising Obama for not  jumping to conclusions as to the source of the bombing, Bomb response refreshingly honest:

This is a far cry from the kind of hysteria that typically follows a terrorist  attack.  There’s no talk of smoking anyone out of their holes, or bombing anyone  back to the Stone Age.  There’s no with-us-or-against-us ultimatum.  Sure, this  attack isn’t as apocalyptic as September 11.  But it is just about impossible to  imagine that if the Boston Marathon had been bombed 12 years ago, the response  would have been so restrained….

But it’s possible, too, that this reticence is a product of the very real  suspicion that the perpetrators here are self-styled American patriots.  At this  point, most analysts are leaning that way.  And while it’s entirely possible  they are wrong, there’s something chilling about realising that this violence  might not be something that can be assigned to a demonic other.  Maybe we’re  speaking in more hushed tones because our own societies might just be  implicated.



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“… imagine that if the Boston Marathon had been bombed 12 years ago …”

A standard counting error. I believe that the writer meant 11 years ago (i.e. after 9/11). 12 years ago would be 04/15/01, when it is very doubtful that it would have been handled much differently than Oklahoma City.

LukeHandCool | April 22, 2013 at 1:18 pm

It’s refreshing to see that even Down Under the journalists are working on the Great American Novel.

My eyes fill with the grateful, smokey warm tears of 1,000 Paul Hogan’s throwing 1,000 shrimps onto the raging barbie for me.

G’day, indeed.

Comrade Terry | April 22, 2013 at 1:27 pm

I think Australia is lost.

You posted the third- and second-last paragraphs in the SMH’s piece. IMHO the concluding paragraph also warrants emphasis:

We won’t know until perpetrators come to light. Does the act become more heinous if it is Islamist? Does terrorism cease to be a fact of life, and once more become an existential threat? If so, it cannot be about the attack itself, which, after all, is the same either way. It must be about the politics, the prejudices, we bring to it. That could be very revealing. Watch this space.

I think that what the author thinks could be very revealing is not the thing that is very revealing.
“…FBI was last night hunting a 12-strong terrorist “sleeper cell” linked to the Boston marathon bomb brothers.

Police believe Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev were specially trained to carry out the devastating attack.

More than 1,000 FBI operatives were last night working to track down the cell and arrested a man and two women 60 miles from Boston in the hours before Dzhokhar’s dramatic capture after a bloody shootout on Friday.

A source close to the investigation said: “We have no doubt the brothers were not acting alone. The devices used to detonate the two bombs were highly sophisticated and not the kind of thing people learn from Google…”

Get your news from the UK news sources where real journalists write up the news.

    Neo in reply to beloved2. | April 22, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    There are many questions about the sourcing of the 12 person “sleeper cell” information, so tread carefully.

LukeHandCool | April 22, 2013 at 1:47 pm

There are two types of children in this world.

One type is the Legal Insurrection readers when they were little.

The other is the lefty journalists who believe this crap.

How do you distinguish the two types at an early age?

Well, when you play hide-and-seek, the lefty journalist kids, like Hack Scribbler, are the ones who can’t see little Johnny Islamist when he’s standing right in front of them … After they finish counting, they almost knock him over as they go off looking behind trees and bushes … all the while little Johnny Islamist is following them saying, “Here I am! I’m right next to you!” … but they can’t find him … and they continue their search.

Little Hack Scribbler yells out, “Joey Teepartee, I know you’re around here somewhere … I can feel it! You’d better give up!”

And then little Johnny Islamist, still standing seemingly invisible next to Hack Scribbler, yells in his ear, “Joey Teepartee is at his violin lesson, remember? He couldn’t play today! And I’m right here! Come on, I wanna be “it.” Please! Look at me! Can’t you see me??!!”

And Little Hack Scribbler yells out, “I’m gonna find you, Joey Teepartee! I can almost hear your breathing in my ear!”

And then Little Johnny Islamist starts biting Little Hack Scribbler’s ear to get his attention … to no avail.

That’s the way it is. In kids terms. The End.

The key to the author’s question is Sandy Hook (and to a lesser extend, Aurora).

There was so much bad information that came spilling out of the Sandy Hook experience that most good journalists were more than a bit careful this time around.

Of course, that’s not to say that given enough time to forget the lessons of Sandy Hook, that the profession won’t revert back some time in the not too distance future.

That said, here is yet another example of what Redstate called the “Hunt for the elusive Tea Party murderer continues”. This, of course, is the hunt by the Left for the chance to jump up and down screaming “TOLD YOU SO.”

Only a fool will say it won’t ever happen, but in typical Obama style of the use of strawmen, the Left dares the Right to be themselves, or at least what they think the “evil” Right should be.

The danger in constantly assigning blame to a certain sector of society in this regard, is that at some point that sector may willingly embrace the label and actually start doing something about it. Remember, the boy who cried wolf? Well, when the wolf finally did come, nobody believed him.

    Neo in reply to Paul. | April 22, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    I tried to do this blind, but when I took a look and saw the name of the author, Waleed Aly, it became more than obvious that the author was happy that the US press was hoping for somebody that he didn’t personally identify with.

    I’m sure he is less than satisfied at this point.

    Radegunda in reply to Paul. | April 23, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    Which “sector” do you have in mind? Are you suggesting that Islamic terrorism is caused by people noticing that terrorism is disproportionately perpetrated by Muslims and encouraged by Islamic teaching? That would be nonsensical. Or that Tea Partiers will become violent because they’re sick of being falsely accused of violence? That’s equally absurd. And neither scenario has any similarity to the cry-wolf story, in which the boy’s false warnings do not cause the wolf eventually to show up.

As someone who has always been proud to have been born in Australia (but oh so happy that I didn’t have to stay there – army brat), I can say that it is not the Australia it once was. I am sickened by this man and oh so sorry that he represents Australia.

    BannedbytheGuardian in reply to JoAnne. | April 22, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    One thing America might learn from Australia in this regard is that merely being born there does not a citizen make. One has to prove a claim that there is a family or cultural link – a valid visa is not nearly enough.

    A baby can be born here & deported with a parent . Unfortunately it is too late for Waleed. He laid low for 30 years before springing up as an Islamist.

      Me mum was an Aussie so I probably could have become a citizen, I think. It would have meant renouncing American citizenship, though. I don’t think Australia allows dual citizenship, does it?

BannedbytheGuardian | April 22, 2013 at 10:14 pm

The thing is – it is an opinion piece. Do you remember Freedom of Speech?

Most people would see the name & think – Yeah Yeah A Muslim Would Say That .

As predictions go it failed& he has to live with a stupid rant.

Give them enough rope ……

Waleed is the Mislim version of Prisoner X . Exclusive school , successful respectable Melbourne families , contemporarily lawyers , advanced studies from the same University , married , 2 children with appropriate religious names.

On the other hand we had a Palestinian Olympic diver who won multiple medals for Australia.

Win some . Lose some.

Such is the life of a prosperous generous emigrant friendly nation.

No wait- I’ve got you beat. A truther thinks the bombing was done by dead Navy Seal Chris Kyle’s security start up.

Granted this is rif raf and not MSM, but deserves honorable mention for idiot.

BannedbytheGuardian | April 23, 2013 at 2:50 am

I just read a sample of Waleed’s terrorism / public killings related stuff & am none the wiser on anything.

He speaks very nicely & has managed to not have the Arab guttural thing which is why he gets these.Public radio jobs & the lecturer thing too.

I think he actually says nothing but people are so happy he does not sound Arab. He got his break into public life when Egypt was not MB . When they were the good guys.

That way they could say – See We Have Muslims -& not have to hire a dreaded Lebanese one.