We will probably watch tonight's Channel 4 TV documentary entitled Car Bomb by former CIA agent Robert Baer, set to be broadcast at 7pm.
However the publicity piece in the Sunday Times does make us wonder about the quality of the research:
From The Sunday Times
July 27, 2008
The humble car bomb changed the world
The US is spending £2.1bn a year to fight the terrorist's most lethal weapon, reports a former CIA agent
The Lebanese added gas canisters to boost the blast wave - a technique used in the attempted attack in July 2007 at Glasgow airport.
There was no explosive charge , nor even any oxidising agent in the amateur incendiary attack on Glasgow Airport ! That was not a car bomb which the Lebanese or even Northern Irish terrorists would have bothered with.
The Lebanese did not invent the car bomb; that honour goes to the Americans. The world's first car bomb, a horse-and-car bomb, exploded on Wall Street on September 16, 1920, killing 38 people.
How about the major assassination attempt against Napoleon Bonaparte on Christmas Eve 1800?
See the Wikipedia entry on the Plot of the Rue Saint-Nicaise
On the late afternoon of 3 Nivôse Year IX of the French Republic (Christmas Eve, December 24, 1800) the plotter Carbon, who had made the machine infernale, harnessed the mare to the cart with the big wine cask and with Limoëlan drove it to the Porte Saint-Denis, on the northern outskirts of Paris. In a deserted building, they loaded the cask with gunpowder.
The machine infernale exploded, killing the teenage girl Pensol and killing and injuring many other innocent bystanders.
Such vehicle borne bombs, using gunpowder, date from the sixteenth century.
The name of the plot was in reference to the sixteenth-century revolt against Spanish rule in Flanders. In 1585, during the siege of Antwerp by the Spaniards, an Italian engineer in Spanish service had made an explosive device from a barrel bound with iron hoops, filled with gunpowder, flammable materials and bullets, and set off by a sawed-off shotgun triggered from a distance by a string. The Italian engineer called it la macchina infernale.
Is there nobody on the Sunday Times or Channel 4 editorial staff who knows about Napoleonic history ?
Have all of the Sunday Times Times staff who used to report, first hand, on IRA and INLA car bombs, lorry bombs, hijacked petrol tanker bombs (where the driver's family was being held hostage) etc., now been fired ?