Explosion at Times Square Recruiting Station

Mary Katharine Ham
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Posted: Mar 06, 2008 10:10 AM
Well, recruiting stations often come under attack from folks who support the troops, of course, but also happen to think they're Bush's "death pimps." if shown to be deliberate and politically motivated (which it will be), this dangerous escalation is nothing short of terrorism, so let's have no euphemisms. Thank God no one was hurt:

Police blocked off the area to investigate the explosion, which occurred at about 3:45 a.m., shattering the station's glass entryway. No one was injured.

"If it is something that's directed toward American troops...(then) it's something that's taken very seriously and is pretty unfortunate," said Army Capt. Charlie Jaquillard, who is the commander of Army recruiting in Manhattan.

He said no one was inside the station, where the Marines, Air Force and Navy also recruit.

The headline assures us it was "small explosion," but:

Witnesses staying at a Marriott hotel four blocks away said they could feel the building shake with the blast.

"I was up on the 44th floor and I could feel it. It was a big bang," said Darla Peck, 25, of Portland, Oregon.

"It shook the building. I thought it could have been thunder, but I looked down and there was a massive plume of smoke so I knew it was an explosion," said Terry Leighton, 48, of London, who was staying on the 21st floor of the Marriott.

One wonders if it would be covered as a "small explosion" if anti-abortion zealots had bombed a clinic in a highly populated area of the county's most highly populated city. I think not.

Daily Kos diarists, as is their wont, suspect a right-wing plot.

It’s nothng [sic] new for the right to CAUSE or  INCITE the violence, or to trigger arranged mob responses, and make sure it all gets pinned on the Left.  And the right seems to be able to get the FBI and law enforcement to do this for them as well.  Anarchy, chaos, property damage, physical harm, mayhem, murder, militarized police with massive crowd control equipment, are all ‘options’ the right are  eager to use to shut down any potentially energizing movement.