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Boston Globe Sports Columnist Bob Ryan: People Should “Reflect” On American History of Domestic Terrorism; “That Will Help The Situation”

Bob Ryan
Bob Ryan

On the Tuesday broadcast of ESPN’s Pardon The Interruption Boston Globe columnist Bob Ryan said that he expect the Boston marathon terror bomb to be a, “Domestic situation and not an international situation.”  He would also say that we should “reflect” on our history of domestic terrorism and that it would, “help the situation a little bit.”

Ryan would also say, emphasis his “bombs by the way have been a part of domestic aggravation shall we say, domestic protest, domestic statements as long as there have been bombs.  You go back and study your American history bombs have been a part of the deal.”

 ESPN-PTI:Mood in Boston

Mr. Ryan as a journalist should do a bit more digging into this story than just bombs and American history.  He should be a bit more specific.

The pressure cooker bomb used Monday is a gift we get thanks to Al Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan. From Yahoo News:

Homemade bombs built from pressure cookers, a version of which was used in the Boston Marathon bombings, have been a frequent weapon of militants in Afghanistan, India and Pakistan. Al-Qaida’s branch in Yemen once published an online manual on how to make one, urging “lone jihadis” to act on their own to carry out attacks.

The placing on the bombs in or near trash cans is something I know about all to well, and its linked to Islamic inspired terrorism.  From Fox News:

A man has been arrested by federal agents on charges of planning to set off hand grenades at an Illinois shopping mall on Dec. 22 as part of his plan to commit “violent jihad” against civilians.

Derrick Shareef, 22, of Rockford, was arrested when he carried out a rendezvous with an undercover agent in a parking lot to trade a set of stereo speakers for four grenades and a handgun.

Federal officials said he planned to place the grenades in garbage cans at the CherryVale shopping mall in Rockford, about 90 miles northwest of Chicago.

That the bombs went off within seconds of each other and was directed at a soft target, again hallmarks of Al Qaeda, and both well documented.

CNS News-Al Qaeda propagandist called for attacks on sport events

My money is on this terrorist being either an agent of or lone wolf sympathizer of some Islamic terrorist group.

Full transcript:

Bob Ryan: We have now been reminded again and we will be reminded somewhere else that we are a part of a global community and we are not special people, we are not immune to the world politics, the world geopolitics.  That these things go on in Iran and Iraq every day and Syria, Mali, elsewhere.  These things are a part of life, and bombs by the way have been a part of domestic aggravation shall we say, domestic protest, domestic statements as long as there have been bombs.  You go back and study your American history bombs have been a part of the deal.  I expect to find out this is a domestic situation and not an international situation.  And its part of the deal.  So yes we’re being reminded of that but I just think in the context of the worlds goings on its kinda sobering that we should remember we’re not immune to any of this and people come away thinking about that and reflecting about that, that will help the situation a little bit.”

 

 

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