Did this have to happen in Ireland?

This is the moment a suspected Irish bomber blew himself up after it was believed that he forgot about the clocks going forward an hour for British Summer Time.

Police are investigating whether the man, who was allegedly seen running from the scene covered in blood, had injured himself in the blast because he had got his timings wrong when the clocks changed.

Officers suspect the bomber planted an explosive device under a Volvo SUV in the centre of Dublin and that it had either gone off too early, or he had returned to the car to investigate why it had not detonated.

Sigh.

16 comments on “Did this have to happen in Ireland?

  1. Tin foil hat time, but I understood that you should be suspicious of security service involvement when terrorists conveniently blow themselves up. This one does look genuine I’ll concede.

  2. Irish terrorism has a long and inglorious history of blowing themselves up. Normally whilst constructing the devices rather than after placing them, admittedly.

    Home made explosives (unlike the ones involved in this incident, apparently) are not the sort of toys for sane adults.

  3. If you were putting a car bomb together wouldn’t you use something less sturdy, and cheaper, than a Volvo SUV?

    (Note to GCHQ: not that I would put a car bomb together, obvs. Ahem. Cough.)

    Reminds me of the Aldwych ‘bus bomb’ where, IIRC, the stroy was that the idiot forgot that the timer on the device was a twelve hour clock, and so the thing went off half a day early.

  4. Playing with anything that goes bang is extremely dangerous – even deflagrating low explosives. I had a teacher at prep school that had lost several fingers making his own fireworks. And he was a careful science teacher who understood these things pretty well.

    (This didn’t stop me f*cking about with them aged about 13, of course, but then what else are you supposed to do when you can’t get served in a pub and are still at the looking-at-your-shoes-and-mumbling stage where girls are concerned?)

    Anyone who farts about with HE without really knowing what they’re doing is pretty much a dead man walking.

  5. I discussed regularly with my chemistry teacher the recipe for gunpowder (which i made several times, never well enough to get a bang) and the use of ammonium nitrate and sugar, which I actually chickened out of.

    I suspect he’d be banged up for the duration if he tried that that nowadays and I’d be in a home…

  6. @Vir Cantium, I thought the car was the target of the explosion, not a car bomb per se.

    Terrorists blowing themselves up – reminds me of a joke. Have you heard the one about the Islamic sex dolls? Apparently they blow themselves up.

    Boom boom!

  7. They don’t have British Summer Time in Dublin. That’s kind of what so many of the Irish bombings were about.

  8. It must have been a pretty weedy bomb if the bomber wasn’t thinly laminated on the wall opposite.

  9. Vir Cantium – “If you were putting a car bomb together wouldn’t you use something less sturdy, and cheaper, than a Volvo SUV?”

    It wasn’t his car and he was putting the bomb under it. It belonged to a local businessman. Which may mean it was not anti-British terrorism but, how to put this politely?, Micks solving a Mick business dispute in an all too common Mick-ish way.

    But if you had to choose a car – and the PIRA usually stole one – a Volvo would be an excellent choice. The power of an explosion is largely a function of confinement. The stronger the car, the longer the explosion is going to remain confined, the more complete the oxidation will be, the bigger the bang.

    sam – “Anyone who farts about with HE without really knowing what they’re doing is pretty much a dead man walking.”

    I guess the Provos are missing their Soviet handlers.

    Bloke In Italy – “I suspect he’d be banged up for the duration if he tried that that nowadays and I’d be in a home…”

    Read up on the life of Ted Taylor. Born in Mexico. Nearly screwed his entire education up because he was only interested in what he was really interested in. Which for much of his early life was things that explode.

    Went on to design the largest fission explosive device ever as well as pretty much all the smallest ones.

    We miss out on not letting boys be boys. Although I have to admit missing out on what is another question.

    Bloke in Costa Rica – “It must have been a pretty weedy bomb if the bomber wasn’t thinly laminated on the wall opposite.”

    Depends on what you want to do. Like a lot of engineering I would think the aim was to have a bomb that was just strong enough to do the job. The question is what was the job? If they wanted to take down half of Canary Wharf, yep, they were p!ssing around in the Little Leagues. If they wanted to kill one specific driver, which looks to be the case here, then a small bomb is what you want. The French used to kill arms dealers back in the good old days with very focused and tight patterns of ball bearings through the bottom of cars. You might even surviving sitting in the back seat. The Israelis famously snuck in and planted a tiny amount of explosives in the ear piece of some Palestinian guy’s telephone. Rang him up and when he answered, blew his right ear all the way to his left ear.

    Professionals go for the efficient, not the showy.

  10. @ SMFS
    The Provos never had Soviet handlers – they split off from thje “Official IRA” because it had become an arm of Brezhnev’s foreign policy.

  11. john77 – “The Provos never had Soviet handlers – they split off from thje “Official IRA” because it had become an arm of Brezhnev’s foreign policy.”

    Someone was funding them. Someone was giving them AK-47s. Someone encouraged them to provide technical training to the FARC in Colombia:

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1337338/Three-suspected-IRA-men-arrested-in-Colombia.html

    http://www.theguardian.com/Northern_Ireland/Story/0,,539230,00.html

    And one of them was the PIRA’s representative to Cuba. What is the PIRA doing with a representative to Cuba?

    Yes, the PIRA split from the OIRA for a variety of asinine Trot-type reasons. But that doesn’t mean the PIRA weren’t good little friends of the Soviet Union too. Someone trained them to make car bombs.

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