Boston Marathon Bombing: The timing questionSubmitted by SteveMT on Sat, 04/20/2013 - 18:15
Boston Marathon Bombing: The timing question
Terrorists make terror, and historically terrorists usually like to maximize the terror that they inflict unless of course their agenda has a different motivation. In the case of the Boston Marathon, a traditional terrorist would have wanted to detonate those two bombs much earlier in the day when many more people were present. If these bombers were of the suicide variety, they would have killed many more people in such large crowds, but this did not happen. With an earlier detonation, the terrorists also would have been much harder to identify in the bigger crowd, and there would have been more cellphone traffic for the authorities to have fished through. 'Never let a bomb go to waste' would have been their mantra. They would not have waited for nearly two hours after the winners crossed the finish line to explode these devices. For reference, here is the timeline of events for the April 15th Boston Marathon.
They would have planned these explosions for optimal carnage and exposure for whatever is was they were protesting. The actual reason for this attack would be clear, but in this case it remains an enigma and may never be known. Purposefully waiting for the international runners to finish made what would have been an international terrorist attack into just a domestic one. An additional advantage of waiting would be limited or no involvement by foreign governments as well as complete control over the flow of information disseminated to the public. In other words, our government would retain complete control over the situation. So the timing of these terrorist bombs seems to be selectively aimed at only Americans, that maximize domestic terror, and yet minimize foreign interference.