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March 12, 2004

Another Swedish Worry?

Remember my recent post on Swedish uranium? Here's another tentative Swedish connection. i'm not quite sure what to make of it.

According to the Czech Republic news agency, CTK, Czech police seized "hundreds of tons of imported, military-grade plastic explosives and detained two men on weapon-trafficking charges on March 10." The police, no doubt sensitive to protocol, failed to identify the country from which the shipments originated but a Czech newspaper spilled the beans: The country is Sweden and the shipment was 328 tons of explosives. 328 tons! Might have blown up all of Madrid for all I know.
Now, to be fair, i have seen no reported link between any Swedish plastic explosives and the Madrid bombings. In fact, the explosives used in yesterday's bombings was TNT based, if i'm not mistaken. Correct me if i'm wrong, but plastic explosive is nitroglycerine, is it not? Anyways, it worries me that i'm seeing Sweden's name pop up twice in one week in connection with terrorism.

Link via Little Green Footballs.

Posted by annika, Mar. 12, 2004 |
Rubric: annikapunditry


C4 is just plasticized RDX. I'm not sure about Semtex, or any other foreign plastic explosives. No idea what's in Titadine, though if it's true dynamite, its active ingredient should be nitroglycerin. But who knows? There are lots of explosives out there. U.S. "military dynamite" isn't really even dynamite, these days, it's mostly RDX with some TNT and a few other things mixed in.

Posted by: M on Mar. 12, 2004

M knows too much about explosives. M must stand for Muslim. M kidding.

Posted by: Scof on Mar. 14, 2004

"M" stands for "Matt," when Matt makes a mistake using the autofill function on his browser. :-)

For the record, I used to be a Marine artilleryman, and I killed lots of down time in the field reading technical manuals on munitions. Plus, I worked with a combat engineer officer for a while, and we had some lengthy discussions on this stuff. I mean, why wouldn't I? One of the best parts of being a Marine was getting paid to blow shit up. So why not learn as many ways as possible of doing that?

Posted by: Matt Rustler on Mar. 14, 2004

DVD to Pocket PC

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