If the bomb was big enough, it could have taken out the nightclub and caused massive causlties. And AQ have attempted to target nightclubs; lots of decadent Infidals in one place. Little chance of being intercepted. Very tempting.
more unlikely than the most unlikely thing in the history of wierd shit.
if it really was a 'potentially viable device', rather than a bottle of anti-freeze and a couple of duracells rolling around in the boot, then i would put money on RIRA (not what you describe as paid-up members of the Gerry and Martin fan club - i'm given to understand that 'tout', 'sell-out', 'traitor' and 'westbrit' aren't compliments on the boggy isle...).
RIRA have recently faced criticism from their supporters over what passes for their 'armed struggle', apparently throwing fireworks at B&Q isn't quite what the support base had in mind, RIRA have effectively been told to develop a viable campaign or go on ceasefire. INLA, to the extent they actually exist, have a 'no first strike' posture that their supporter(s) seem quite happy with - and anyway they are far too busy running a profitable line in little packets in Derry to risk coming to the notice of the PSNI, while CIRA (if they ever really existed in a meaningful sense) has dissolved into infighting - again.
so for me, its RIRA - or some 'franchise' of the RIRA/32CSM ideology. if it could really be called that...
i pretty much discount our bearded friends because - in Europe at least - car-bombs aren't really their style.
I think good intelligence had a lot to play in this..let's hope anyway that it wasn't down to just "good luck". Mind you walking passed a car with boxes of nails and gas cylinders attached, will draw a tad of interest would it not!!
Ah well, nothing can be done really, as our new justice minister told BBC4 Today programme, Its Very saddening, but these things happen! I wonder is that what he would have said to the familys of the injured and dead if the worst case scenario had have happend. Man of straw!