By Daniel Tencer | November 28, 2008 - 10:45 am - Posted in Newsburger

Mumbai burning

Mumbai burning

It’s been forty-eight hours since the Mumbai attacks began, and the fighting is still raging. I don’t think “terrorist attack” fits the bill anymore. This is a “terrorist civil war,” or a “terrorist mini-war,” perhaps, as “civil” would indicate an internal conflict, while this could be an international effort. Some of the more interesting things I’ve found on the mini-war thus far:

Suketu Mehta puts the Mumbai attacks in perspective: It would be “as if terrorists had taken over the Four Seasons and the Waldorf-Astoria and then were running around shooting people in Times Square…”

“Though it was unclear exactly who orchestrated the attacks, they appear to provide further evidence that the main battleground for Islamist extremists is shifting from Iraq, where violence has fallen dramatically this year, to the democracies of South Asia…”

“The well-coordinated and large scale assaults on Mumbai this week are not only qualitatively different, but also came with a chilling new message. The jeans and t-shirt clad, youthful terrorists, who looked like backpackers out on a hiking expedition, delivered an unmistakable warning to the world: Foreigners stay away from India. Their special note to the Jewish community: You are safe nowhere…”

“The Islamic Mughals vanquished all of northern India, Pakistan, and a good part of Afghanistan, but they could never consolidate the Deccan against the Hindu Maratha warriors. This Mughal history has taken on heightened symbolism in India in recent years precisely as a result of globalization and the expansion of electronic communications and education, all of which have sharpened the country’s religious divide…”

“As the smoke clears and the body count grows in Mumbai, in one of the most brazen and chilling terrorist attacks we’ve seen in a long time, the truth about the region becomes crystal clear: Pakistan is a cancer on its neighbors…”

It’s India’s 9/11…

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