Re: [OPE-L] On recent events in London and elsewhere

From: Philip Dunn (pscumnud@DIRCON.CO.UK)
Date: Sat Jul 16 2005 - 00:49:03 EDT


I appreciate your response.  I was considering a detailed reply but things have
moved on.

From the Daily Mirror:

Why did they buy return train tickets to Luton? Why did they buy pay & display
tickets for cars? Why were there no usual shouts of 'Allah Akhbar'? Why were
bombs in bags and not on their bodies?
Exclusive By Jeff Edwards

THE London bombers may have been duped into killing themselves so their secrets
stayed hidden.

Police and MI5 are probing if the four men were told by their al-Qaeda
controller they had time to escape after setting off timers. Instead, the
devices exploded immediately.

A security source said: "If the bombers lived and were caught they'd probably
have cracked. Would their masters have allowed that to happen? We think not."

The evidence is compelling: The terrorists bought return rail tickets, and pay
and display car park tickets, before boarding _ a train at Luton for London.
None of the men was heard to cry "Allah Akhbar!" - "God is great" - usually
screamed by suicide bombers as they detonate their bomb.

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Their devices were in large rucksacks which could be easily dumped instead of
being strapped to their bodies. They carried wallets containing their driving
licences, bank cards and other personal items. Suicide bombers normally strip
themselves of identifying material.

Similar terror attacks against public transport in Madrid last year were carried
out by recruits who had time to escape and planned to strike again.

Bomber Hasib Hussain detonated his device at the rear of the top deck of a No 30
bus, not in the middle of the bottom deck where most damage would be caused.

Additionally, two of the bombers had strong personal reasons for staying alive.

Jermaine Lindsay's partner Samantha Lewthwaite, 22, mother of his one-year-old
son, is expecting her second baby within days. Mohammed Sidique Khan's wife
Hasina, mum of a 14-month-old daughter, is also pregnant.

Our source disclosed: "The theory that they were not a suicide squad is
gathering pace. They were the weakest link.

"We think it's possible they were told that when they pressed buttons to set off
timers they'd have a short time to abandon the bombs and get away before the
blast. Instead, the bombs exploded immediately."

Another intelligence source added: "Whoever is behind this didn't want to waste
their best operatives on a suicide mission. Instead they used easily recruited
low-grade men who may have believed they'd walk away."

Quoting Michael Williams <michaelj.williams@TISCALI.CO.UK>:

> Phil,
> I am prepared to admit into my ontology cricket-playing suicide bombers.
> After all, many left-wing revolutionaries (including no doubt some on this
> list) have come from a bourgeois background and yet at one time or another
> espoused and implemented political violence. I could construct a Marxist
> critique of pre-modern society, religion, ideology, the bourgeois media, the
> bourgeois state as well as specifically of the capitalist economy that could
> account for the London bombings without resource to fantastical
> conspiratorial notions that drive your story. Such an account could, of
> course, call for investigation of some of the assertions you throw up: for
> example, the notion that as political repressive state apparatuses (don't
> you just love those old Althusserion concepts?) under huge political and
> public pressure for quick results may have persuaded themselves of people's
> guilt prior to legal proceedings
> I could also construct many more plausible conspiracy theories than yours,
> all with sound Marxisant credentials. Given my respect for OPE-L subscribers
> and the implicit 'scientific' nature of our discourse, however, I would have
> promulgated such conspiracies on one of the many web-sites (from all
> political perspectives) that enjoy such game-playing.
> Phil, have you not noticed that on this issue on this list you are almost
> talking to yourself - until I allowed myself to be drawn in?
> [PS: for the record, I am totally opposed to political violence both on
> ethical and pragmatic political grounds. That is to say I would never engage
> in such violence nor encourage others to do so. This does not mean that I
> would publicly condemn groups who feel they can demonstrate their situation
> to be so desperate and intractable that they see violence as the only
> possible course of action.]
> michael
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: OPE-L [mailto:OPE-L@SUS.CSUCHICO.EDU] On Behalf Of Howard
> Engelskirchen
> Sent: 15 July 2005 03:28
> Subject: Re: [OPE-L] On recent events in London and elsewhere
> not funny
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Philip Dunn" <pscumnud@DIRCON.CO.UK>
> Sent: Thursday, July 14, 2005 2:54 PM
> Subject: Re: [OPE-L] On recent events in London and elsewhere
> Hi Andrew
> I hear you have taken to keeping explosives in the bathtup oop North.  Makes
> a
> change from coal. :-) (I was born in Newcastle-on-Tyne.)
> The money question is: who is prepared to admit cricket loving suicide
> bombers
> into their ontology?
> Phil
> Quoting Andrew Brown <A.Brown@LUBS.LEEDS.AC.UK>:
> > Hello from Leeds.
> >
> > Leeds -- like rest of UK -- very different culture from Spain and NY in
> ways
> > I don't have time, nor knowledge, to analyse. Anyway, there's no need for
> > police occupation - there is, on the other hand, a world press occupation
> of
> > some previously anonymous backstreets.
> >
> > Andy
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: OPE-L on behalf of glevy@PRATT.EDU
> > Sent: Thu 14/07/2005 17:28
> > Cc:
> > Subject: Re: [OPE-L] On recent events in London and elsewhere
> >
> >
> >
> >       Don't we have a member (or members) in Leeds?  What's it like
> >       there?  Had the 'terrorists' come from my community in New
> >       York City, I can tell you that it would be locked-down and
> >       under police occupation.  But, maybe that's a difference
> >       between the situation 'there' and 'here'?  To what extent will
> >       this event further empower Blair and his 'Labour' (!) agenda?
> >
> >       The popular response in London to the events there are quite
> >       different -- it seems to me from afar -- to the reaction of
> >       people in Madrid after the events there.  Why is that?  Shouldn't
> >       it be obvious to everyone that the events in London are
> >       connected to the war against Iraq?
> >
> >       In solidarity, Jerry
> >       Belfast, Maine
> >
> >
> >
> Philip Dunn
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