Skip to main content

View Diary: Suicide bomber strikes Davenport - Media silent (273 comments)

Comment Preferences

  •  hmm? (0+ / 0-)

    there is no proof he intended to commit suicide. Further, there was NO car bomb.

    I don't think he expected to live, but did intend for the car to blow up, and did what he could to see that it did:

    From here:

    The 45-year-old crashed the Saturn into the central lobby, coming to rest at the counter. When the car did not immediately burst into flames as he may have expected, police said he took gasoline that he had poured into a Gatorade bottle and spread it over the interior. "I lit it," McMenemy told investigators, and he exited the structure to surrender himself to startled Davenport firefighters.

    See also:

    On Sept. 11, 2006, the fifth anniversary of the terror attacks that devastated our nation, a man crashed his car into a building in Davenport, Iowa, hoping to blow it up and kill himself in the fire.

    No national newspaper, magazine or network newscast reported this attempted suicide bombing, though an AP wire story was available. Cable news (save for MSNBC's Keith Olbermann) was silent about this latest act of terrorism in America.

    Oh wait, that was the original Newsday op-ed, which was also quoted in this diary. Looks like they agree on that point, too!

    •  Read it again (0+ / 0-)

      Only your first source is original reporting. The second is meaningless.

      Read the first excerpt again:

      When the car did not immediately burst into flames as he may have expected, police said he took gasoline that he had poured into a Gatorade bottle and spread it over the interior.

      The idea that he expected the car to explode is total speculation by the reporter. He may have just expected the car to crash through the doors (which it then did).

      He had a bottle of gasoline which he used to set the fire. Why exactly did he have a bottle of gasoline if he expected his car to explode?

      So then he poured the gasoline all over himself and burned himself alive to complete his suicide mission, right? No? No. He walked out of the building, admitted to the crime, and surrendered to firefighters.

      •  indeed. (0+ / 0-)

        He sounded shocked that his master plan didn't work, I don't think he thought past, you know, driving the car into the building and having it blow up. As he said, "I lit it"... Really, when you're in a car, you douse it with gasoline, and you light it, I think you're expecting it to blow up. Either that, or his heater was on the fritz?

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site