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Buda's Wagon by Mike Davis
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Jul 21, 2010

really liked it
Read in July, 2010

A remarkably quick read about the history of the car bomb (not terrorist bombing in general - specific to the car bomb). An absolutely fascinating read as it covers the first use (in the USA of all places) back in 1920, and subsequent use throughout the world as terrorists, criminals, and guerrillas adopted and adapted it to their specific needs. The IRA's and ETA's use of it as an economic weapon against established industries rather than the sovereign government was especially interesting.

The final message, unfortunately, is don't expect it to ever go away, as it represents the Poor Man's air force and so long as there is struggle between technologically unequal groups, there will be car bombs.

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