Traditional Cornish Pasty
Dum de dum de dum
Still waiting for the CCTV footage of the four bombers at Kings Cross …
I made a post about mindsets and paradigms a few days ago, in anticipation of how the London bomb story would develop. Since then I’ve been watching an almost perfect case study of how one particular mindset can happily twist information in the most counterintuitive ways.
What we know about the bombers:
- not previously known to the police as activists
- no history of fundamentalism
- one taught disabled children, was married with an eight month year old child and another on the way
- another had just applied to attend university
- all of them seem to be quite settled and seemed to be drawn together through a love of sport rather than religion
- they died carrying extensive personal ID and so, presumably, knew they would be identified. Yet, to date, they appear to have left no testament or explanation for their actions
- they went down to London with backpacks. Even though the backpacks were full size they carried only 10lbs of explosive each, yet they left some explosives in their car that morning (why?)
- they were last seen conspicuously joking with each other on CCTV in Kings Cross station behaving ‘as if they were going on a hiking trip’.
There's also the intriguing prospect that some of them were questioned by the police last year, as blurted out by the French Interior Minister two days ago. Our own Home Secretary, Charles Clarke, angrily denied this straight away - the angry part is important.
Charles Clarke is cut from the same mould as Tony Blair, as in the 'if he came in through my front door soaking wet and told me it was raining outside I'd still look out the window and check for myself' mould. However, Clarke is not as a good an actor as Tony so when he looks angry he is well, er, angry.
Now maybe the police have a lot more on the bombers but that’s pretty much all the general public and the newspapers know so far.
Yet no one has seriously entertained or discussed the possibility that THEY DIDN’T KNOW THEY WERE CARRYING BOMBS.
Why would that be?
I'd suggest that people haven't considered that possibility because they've been pretty effectively programmed not to.
It's not as if such an idea flies in the face of the facts is it?
Non traditional Yorkshire Patsy?
Actually, it looks like one of them might have been surprised to discover he was carrying a bomb, as he was sitting on a bus, rather than a train, repeatedly looking into his bag with a pissed off look on his face just before he exploded. Shame that the bus CCTV wasn’t working
In fairness, I did hear one commentator briefly mention the inconsistencies in the evidence so far, Mark Urban on BBC’s Newsnight. But then he spoiled that brief flash of lucid, open-minded thinking by saying:
‘Of course, many people are saying they made the mistakes they did because they were relatively inexperienced suicide bombers’
Say that slowly Mark … ‘Relatively inexperienced … suicide bombers’.
Yes, of course, that would explain everything. A team of suicide bombers with several successful missions already 'under their belts' would have done a much more professional job.
Why didn't I think of that. Nice one.
They shovel it. We swallow it.