Bangkok’s $54 Plot
Officials are still hard at work trying to blame the Iranian government for it, but revelations about the Bangkok bombing plot show an extremely cheap effort to blow something up, which hinged entirely on the ability to hail a cab in the Thai capital.
The surveillance photo of Saeid Moradi shows him holding two portable radios, which apparently cost $27 each and were chock full of ball bearings.
Moradi wandered into the streets, determined to launch whatever sort of attack he was planning to launch, and that’s where the whole thing falls apart. Moradi fails to hail a cab and, enraged, he throws one of the bombs at a cab that didn’t stop, injuring four.
The “plot” appears to share much in common with the Saudi envoy assassination scheme in its implausible amateurishness. As it is hard to imagine Iran asking somebody’s used car salesman cousin if he knows any drug cartels, it is similarly difficult to believe a highly coordinated terror plot didn’t involve even a consideration for how the attacker was going to get from point A to point B while brandishing his “on-the-cheap” bombs in his bare hands.