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Car Bomb In Times Square Brings Terrorism Back To Forefront Of National Discussion

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A car bomb discovered last night in Times Square, prompted an evacuation of the entire area and surrounding streets around 6:30 PM last night.  Mayor Michael Bloomberg went on record to say, "We are lucky." According to The New York Times, "A large swath of Midtown — from 43rd Street to 48th Street, and from Sixth to Eighth Avenues — was closed for much of the evening after the Pathfinder was discovered just off Broadway on 45th Street." 

This incident officially puts terrorism back into the national discussion. In recent months, health care and our deficit have dominated the national discussion, but terrorism has been lurking in the shadows with barely a mention.

And, it's disconcerting that terrorism has been swept under the rug.  This is not to say that taxes, budget deficits, and health care should be ignored, but we are fooling ourselves if we think we are immune to the types of terrorist attacks which have taken place in England and Israel over the years. 

Fortunately, the car bomb didn't cause any sort of explosion. The vehicle (a black Nissan Pathfinder) contained propane tanks, powder, gasoline and a clock attached to wires, a Police Department spokesman told The New York Times.

The Obama Administration really has their hands full now.  President Obama will visit The Gulf today to assess the oil spill disaster.  Now, that New York City received their biggest scare in years, this will certainly add to Obama's full plate. 

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