So writes Jim Treacher about the “car bomb that forced the evacuation of New York’s Times Square“:
The bomb, which failed to detonate, was left in a sport utility vehicle close to a Broadway theatre where a production of The Lion King was showing.
It contained three propane tanks, fireworks, two five gallon gasoline containers, two clocks with batteries, electrical wires and a 4ft by 2ft metal box.
The dark green Nissan Pathfinder with tinted windows was parked near the junction of 45th Street and Broadway.
The location is also adjacent to the Viacom building, fuelling speculation that it might be linked to the company’s controversial South Park cartoon which recently depicted Prophet Muhammad in a bear suit.
It is unclear who was driving the SUV, which had a license plate that did not match the vehicle, and no arrests were made as of early Sunday. Officials said the vehicle was seen driving west on 45th Street at 6.28 p.m. EDT in security camera footage. Additional footage from security cameras is being sought.
New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said the car contained three propane tanks, consumer-grade fireworks, two filled 5-gallon gasoline containers, and two clocks with batteries, electrical wire and other components. A black metal box resembling a gun locker was also recovered.
Ed adds, “Allahpundit updates his post at Hot Air to include quite an interesting item from milblogger Bill Roggio: ‘A top Pakistani Taliban commander took credit for yesterday’s failed car bomb attack in New York City.'” No wonder. As Mark Steyn opines, “The important thing to remember about Iraq and Afghanistan is that, from the jihad’s point of view, they’re sideshows: The real battlefield is New York and Chicago and London and Paris.”
UPDATE: With “Pakistani Taliban claim responsibility for Times Square bomb“, let’s bear in mind what Richard Fernandez wrote about this bombing and militant Islam:
Whether or not one believes that Islam as a whole is inherently a militant force, bent on world conquest, certain militant factions within it undoubtedly have that as their aim. At a talk I attended recently, Dr. Mark Durie, an Anglican clergyman who had visiting appointments at the University of Leiden, MIT, UCLA and Stanford and is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities examined the modern ideological basis for the jihad in his book The Third Choice. His conclusion was similar to the Daily News. They’re in Australia, but more importantly, Dr. Durie concluded that the political authorities were absolutely determined not to see it.
Which is a pity. The necessary precondition for successfully coexisting with the bulk of Muslims (many of whom simply want to live ordinary lives) is to recognize the existence and wellspring of Islamic militancy. The militant strains within Islam cannot be managed until they are at last admitted to exist. . . .
The inability to see certain Islamic traditions and doctrines as malevolent to avoid giving offense leads to a disastrous split level approach.
Read the whole thing.