If they didn't plan to get away with it, why not start shooting people at the scene in addition to the bombing? They clearly wanted to get away with or pursue further attacks.
They're dead/captured, and they won't be able to commit further attacks. It's hard to give them a victory from that.
But the IRA were an organised group with safe houses and lots of money. If they had wanted to evade capture they could of easily hopped onto a plane the next day and be sipping Vodka in the motherland, instead they stayed causing further terror and cost the US tax payer probably close to 500 million.
‘This is not peace, it is an armistice for 20 years.’ (Ferdinand Foch. After the Treaty of Versailles, 1919).
They were not martyrs and they have been brought to justice.
I am grateful to the law enforcement organizations for their swift work in finding and removing these two from causing further terror. People DO deserve to celebrate and praise them. However, the jubilation being exhibited is an example of our need for instant gratification, and will lull people into thinking all is well with the world. It is not. These celebrators seem to be skipping over the question many are asking: How did this happen on Obama's watch? Did not the FBI have eyes on the older brother and why was he not neutralized, thus preventing this attack? But we probably will not be privy to that discussion from our 'unbiased' media sources. I am still waiting for Chris Matthews to blame Bush. He hasn't yet, but give him time. I bet Matthews' feeling of security and safety are overwhelming him, and soon it will send more tingling type feeling up his leg once more. Obama's lack of fortitude toward terrorism will cause more deaths in the future. We are at war, but someone better let the president know, and soon.
Terrorist attacks and related incidents in the United States
Mass shootings toll exceeds 900 in past seven years
I do blame George Bush for way over-reacting to 9/11, pushing through legislation like FISA reform and the TSA (security theatre at its best) and convincing the US of the need to occupy Afghanistan and attack and occupy Iraq... it defined his first term and created a bit of an obsession with Americans that terrorism is our number one fear.
Statistically speaking, now and on 9/11/01, you are far more likely to be a victim of a mass shooting or a car jacking then a terrorist attack. Sorry, its time to recognize the Muslim boogeyman for what it really is. We need to prioritize our legislative attention and limited government dollars to the biggest problems first.
The same thing goes with respect to their goals. The fact is, while we know what they did, we really know little to nothing about their motive, intent, or their goals. It is way too soon to come to conclusions about what they were thinking