Thursday, November 27, 2008

Terrorist attacks in Mumbai and threats in N.Y.

Reports on Wednesday claiming that federal authorities in Washington have informed officials in New York City of a possible Al-Qaeda plot to attack that city’s transportation systems, take on more ominous overtones when news of terrorists attacks in Mumbai, India reached us yesterday.

quote-left-red-grey-bg… an intelligence bulletin sent on Tuesday to city officials said that the F.B.I. had received ‘uncorroborated but plausible information’ that, in late September, Al Qaeda terrorists may have discussed attacks on transit systems in the metropolitan area, including the city’s subway system, a federal official said on Wednesday.quote-right-red-grey-bg

– The New York Times

In pre-9/11 times, such reports would have been shrugged of as “publicity seeking” on the part of the F.B.I. We know better now, of course. Attacks in New York City, Washington, London, Spain and Bali, to name only a few, have heightened our sense of vulnerability.

Then yesterday we got news from Mumbai that terrorists had attacked several targets there—including  two hotels and a hospital—mumbai attackand had taken hostages.

More that 20 hours after the attack, there were 125 dead and 327 wounded, and according to UK officials, hostages are still being held at Oberoi and Taj Mahal hotels. Among the dead was Hemant Karkare, the chief of the Mumbai police’s anti-terror squad, and 14 police officers.

Reports claim westerners were singled out during some of these attacks.

No where in the world is safe from these savage attacks on civilians. There is indeed a global war being waged by terrorist and more often than not westerners are targets.

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