The Boston Marathon bombing has caused a lot of speculation because people can’t figure out what it means, as opposed to the WTC attacks, the OKC bombing, and other terror strikes where the motive for attacking that particular target quickly became quite clear and rational. The Rudolph bombings in Atlanta were an exception, but Eric Rudolph himself called in to warn the police about his bomb, so he wasn’t trying to hide the motive.
But how come nobody is thinking about the simple matter of operational feasibility? I mean, if you’re going to do a successful terror attack, it’s important to be able to pull it off without being identified as suspicious.
So, I’m going to go out on a limb here and suggest that the Boston Marathon might have been targeted because the bombers were East African, and they could be part of the crowd without arousing any suspicion. I mean, if you’re a Somali trying to plant a bomb without standing out, wouldn’t it be a better idea to do it where many of the athletes and spectators look a lot like you as opposed to, say, a Boston Bruins game? Also, you might get to ruin the day for those pesky Ethiopian and Kenyan neighbors who are so fond of interfering with your local jihad. So it’s a double bonus — killing Americans and stealing the glory from your African rivals.
Although you may not have heard, 30 were killed in Somali bombings in Mogadishu yesterday. Al Shabaab claimed responsibility. Coincidence? I kinda doubt it, but I guess we’ll see…