Just hours ago a spectacular terrorist attack occurred in Mumbai, India, the nation’s commercial capital. Several tourist locations were struck by bombs and armed men who were specifically looking for Americans and Britons to take hostage or kill. The attack was so vicious and widespread that a feeling of panic swept through the city as Indian police and army personnel tried to get the situation under control. Reportedly Mumbai’s police commissioner and their chief of anti-terrorist unit were killed among dozens of others, and I should caution that details are still coming in. It is still unknown if any specific group is responsible, but the previously unknown Deccan Mujahideen claimed responsibility.
This horrific incident occurs just after India was glowing from international recognition of their successful naval efforts against Somali pirates. Unfortunately, attacks like this and ongoing conflict with Pakistan over Kashmir, both intertwining issues, hinder India’s great power ascendence and global reach. The Indian state will need to find a way to contain these type of attacks if the state is ever going to fulfill its potential.
In conjunction, these radically violent Islamists groups need to be shown that these types of gruesome actions will only lead to further pain and disenfranchisement. To me the Mumbai attack of November 26, 2008 is an attack on all human decency and the world needs to stand up shout that this is unacceptable.
(Photo Source: New York TImes)