Sunday, November 30, 2008

Lesson from Mumbai

1. I think that the attacks in Mumbai were a response to the ratherinept and amateurish bombings that took place earlier this year inmultiple sites in India: Bangalore, Delhi, Surat, Jaipur and Hyderabad. Mumbai is a demonstration lesson for the would-be terrorists in India and abroad: how to make use of the local resources, exploit the local conditions and work with local elements in order to achieve the maximum result. This lesson is being taught to the potential recruits in India and abroad by an influential section of the international terrorists.

2. Why the need for a lesson, and who is doing the teaching? To answer this question, we need to understand how the face of terrorism has changed in the course of the last decades. In the latter part of the twentieth century, terrorism remained both local and provincial.It was local in the sense that some or another cell (or an organization with a pseudo-military structure) undertook (mostly)small scale attacks against locally known figures. It was provincial in the sense that the attacks had very little ripple effects outside the locality (or the nation) where such events took place.

TheHeathenInHisBlindness : Message: Lesson from Mumbai: A Cross-Posting

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