This is, I think, the second unattended vehicle that attracted police attention in Times Square in the last six-to-eight months. Perhaps the first one was a test of the authorities' ability to respond?
In any case, a concerned citizen, three NYPD police officers on the scene, and the combined resources of the NYPD and FDNY most certainly averted a disaster. For even if the bomb was crudely constructed and "fizzled", the SUV still caught fire and had deadly explosives in it. These folks, one and all, who go mostly anonymous and unappreciated, should be thanked profusely. They not only did their jobs and saved some lives, but they instill a sense of confidence that nearly a decade after September 11th, they haven't dropped their guard for a second.
We have the finest police and fire departments in all of the world, and they showed it once again. I have every confidence they will soon discover the source of this bomb, and bring those who constructed it with evil intent to justice (which, unfortunately, will not include a public drawing and quartering) very soon.
Thank you to the Men and Women of the New York City Police and Fire Departments! You folks are the absolute best!
Update: Was this bomb attempted "revenge" for the South Park depiction of Mohammed? The location indicates it might have been; 45th and Broadway is right outside the Viacom building, home of Comedy Central. Mark Steyn asks the question, and reminds us that the Other Side is a bunch of douches.
Update-Update: New York's Governor, David Patterson, a.k.a Captain Obvious, has come out to grandly announce that the Times Square bomb was "an act of terrorism". I'm so happy to have this man in charge at this desperate time that I could shit. There are none so blind as those who are...erm...blind.