Digging through my files of audio books and radio plays over the weekend I re-discovered the radio episodes of Absolute Power from ~20 years ago.
Sometimes a bit topical, but all you’d have to do in order to bring it up to date is change a few names.
That was the same year the IRA killed people with a car bomb set to detonate right outside the main entrance to Harrod’s at the time it opened on the Saturday before Christmas that year. (Amazing they didn’t kill more people, considering.) And then later that same day, they called in ANOTHER bomb threat, which wasn’t publicized because authorities were worried it would cause panic. I know because I was at one of the sites (having previously arranged to meet a friend at the entrance to Harrod’s when it opened that morning…it was a memorable day). The technique at the time was to create identical bombs: only one was live, but trained specialists would have to take each one apart to determine that, and there would be one more bomb than number of bomb units. They would be placed, the calls would come in, and the bomb squads had to hope they reacted quickly enough and in the right order to find the live one in time. I was at a performance of Handel’s Messiah at St-Martin-in-the-Fields in Trafalgar Square, so obviously it was a high value target that evening. We had one of the dummies. They let us back in the building and the concert continued as if nothing had happened after they made that determination.
So yeah, I totally believe they would have had plans like this.
I don’t doubt that it was a plan… I know that there was some serious support coming from the Irish American community for the IRA during these years as well. As far as I know, though, I don’t think any bombings were carried out here in the US (correct me if I’m wrong, of course).
I do find it interesting that this story comes out just after Sinn Fein’s recent electoral victory…
I have to say, I do always wonder about the timing of such things, especially given all Harry has accused the Firm of doing with regards to how they used the media to their advantage…