And This Was a “Failed” Terrorist Attack How?

Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt–another statesman laboring under the delusion that the gravity of his message is enhanced by its transmission on Twitter–has described the attack on Stockholm as “failed.”  

“Most worrying attempt at terrorist attack in crowded part of central Stockholm. Failed — but could have been truly catastrophic,” Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt said in a Twitter message on Saturday.

A Swedish news agency and police said they received e-mail threats against the Swedish people 10 minutes before the explosions, which killed one person and injured two others on Saturday.

I guess he’s right. A few Swedes more or less, plenty more where they came from. I’m sure the people who were injured will have forgotten about it by tonight.

  1. Franco

    It seems there is a theory that terrorists are spoiled brats who are trying to get the attention of elites by acting out.  If the authorities don’t overreact, indeed if the reaction is dismissive, the intent of the attack is somehow thwarted.

  2. Charles Mark

    Reminds me of a Dutch spokesman for the European Union describing the Islamist outrage at Beslan when over 300 were killed, nearly 200 children,as a “deep human tragedy”.I suspect this was part of a mindset shared by Swedes in general, although the recent progress of a Swedish anti-Islamist group- portrayed in the most negative terms in most quarters- suggests something of a backlash. Presumably that will grow further now.

  3. Paul Stinchfield

    Maybe what Bildt meant was that the bombers failed to cause mass casualties: According to several news reports, the suicide bomber injured no bystanders–presumably because only one of his six bombs detonated. And the car bomb would have been more devasting if the gas canisters had exploded at the same time.

  4. Brian Watt

    Did the foreign minister use Twitter to convey this out of expediency? Or is it standard practice today to convey such weighty and grave matters of state in this way? So, much for protocol and the nobility of statecraft. Wouldn’t standing before the cameras and excoriating the perpetrators of this heinous act have been a more effective and proper way to convey the outrage of the Swedish people? Or am I just old fashioned? 

  5. Jason Hart
    Brian Watt: Wouldn’t standing before the cameras and excoriating the perpetrators of this heinous act have been a more effective and proper way to convey the outrage of the Swedish people? Or am I just old fashioned?  · Dec 12 at 7:31am

    We should count our blessings: had Bildt chosen to address the perpetrators and the public more directly, it probably would have been to apologize about “root causes” for fear of being Islamophobic.

  6. Brian Watt
    Claire Berlinski, Ed.:  A few Swedes more or less, plenty more where they came from. I’m sure the people who were injured will have forgotten about it by tonight. ·

    I’m reminded of Terry Gilliam’s film, “Brazil” when the bomb explodes in the posh restaurant and while the bloodied and injured patrons writhe in pain in the background the characters in the foreground go about their business as though nothing had happened. Perhaps Gilliam’s dystopian world is being realized.

  7. Starve the Beast

    I see what he means, but I think it can be said to be ‘Failed” in the sense that it failed to get the ruling class to publicly recognize that Europe has a desperate problem with Muslims. It failed to wake the slumbering Swedes and stir them to action, or even to serious debate. It failed to make the European (or the American) media take more than cursory notice.

    I guess the terrorists will just have to keep trying.

  8. Maurilius

    I love the libertarian folk at Reason, but I cringe when they cover this sort of story (as this did on this one) as more evidence of how ineffective terrorists are, and by implication how little we need to do about them.

    Particularly silly is their claim that we should base our anti-terrorism policy based on your odds of being killed in a terrorist attack, always pulling out the “struck by lightning” comparisons, as if terrorist attacks were as random and meaningless as acts of weather.

    Hmm, I’ll do a more in-depth post on this…

  9. Sisyphus

     

    Maurilius: I love the libertarian folk at Reason, but I cringe when they cover this sort of story (as this did on this one) as more evidence of how ineffective terrorists are, and by implication how little we need to do about them.

    Particularly silly is their claim that we should base our anti-terrorism policy based on your odds of being killed in a terrorist attack, always pulling out the “struck by lightning” comparisons, as if terrorist attacks were as random and meaningless as acts of weather.

    Hmm, I’ll do a more in-depth post on this… · Dec 12 at 12:42pm

    Reason and Michael Moore join forces for a bad idea. “They only got 3000, what’s the fuss.” This is a failed attack because they aimed for many, many more. They still managed to injure and scare people.  The folks at Reason need to grow up and realize that people trying to kill us is a different matter than deaths by lightning or drowning. This nonsense is exactly why I dropped the magazine.

    Why worry about Pearl Harbor? It was only a few battleships. 

  10. Kenneth
    Brian Watt

    Claire Berlinski, Ed.:  A few Swedes more or less, plenty more where they came from. I’m sure the people who were injured will have forgotten about it by tonight. ·

    I’m reminded of Terry Gilliam’s film, “Brazil” when the bomb explodes in the posh restaurant and while the bloodied and injured patrons writhe in pain in the background the characters in the foreground go about their business as though nothing had happened. Perhaps Gilliam’s dystopian world is being realized. · Dec 12 at 9:03am

    I’m often reminded of “Brazil”.

    Especially the travel advertisement inviting folks to come “Relax in a panic-free atmosphere.”

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