Thursday, November 27, 2008

Mumbai

I was watching MORNING JOE this morning, and guest NY Times columnist Nicholas Kristof was scaring schooling Mika Brzezinski, Lawrence O'Donnell and CNBC's Dylan Ratigan about the possibility of Pakistan boiling over and launching terrorist attacks against the US and allies.

Today, in Mumbai, India (the city formerly known as Bombay), terrorists launched an extremely well-coordinated, multi-target attack in Mumbai, attacking a train station, two five-star hotels, and a hospital, shooting, tossing hand grenades and demanding those with US and UK passports to step forward. Hostages were taken, a stand-off ensued and, as yet, no one knows what will happen. Troops have been called in, and they have been engaging the terrorists regularly. Identification of the terrorists hasn't been confirmed, but I'm wondering if this isn't the sad proof of what Kristof was saying. There is no evidence as to the identity of the terrorists at the moment, but it does give one pause.

Thoughts and wishes that this end reasonably casualty-free this Thanksgiving day.

~C~

Update (November 28th, 2008, 10:34 pm):   This article from HuffPost mentions that the terrorists may have been coming in Pakistan, but whether they were, in fact, Pakistani remains to be seen.  They have apparently captured one terrorist alive.  

Update (November 29th, 2008, 11:36 am):  Watching Washington Week on my TiVO today (broadcast was last night), and both Doyle McMannus (LA Times) and Todd Purdum (Vanity Fair) mentioned this as a Pakistani attack.  And this broadcast was taped before the siege ended last night.

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