« What are you doing here? | Main | The Knucklehead of the Day award »

Massive Terror Attacks in Mumbai, India

I was on the road all day yesterday so I was unable to log on. I saw a few minutes of the chaos on Fox News before heading to bed so I didn't see how massive the attacks were until this morning. Allahpundit has been following the news coming out of Mumbai, and it's devastating. There were 10 separate attacks in various parts of the city and apparently more are coming. Approximately 101 have been killed so far and over 900 have been injured.

Bob Owens writes that this was plot was in the works for a while:

Based upon what we're seeing filter through various media outlets thus far, the sites selected and the coordination of the attacks suggests a well-planned and researched attack, using a minimum number of terrorists per target, using common and relatively inexpensive military small arms.

They seem to be getting maximum effect in terms of disrupting Mumbai and creating carnage and chaos at the outlay of what seems to be less than two dozen total terrorists and the small arms they carried. I have no idea who the Islamic Security Force-Indian Mujahedeen are, but this strike appears to be the work of professionals with military and intelligence skills.

How does this happen with the long arms of the intelligence organizations in the US and Britain not knowing about it and telling Indian intelligence? Added: This may be one reason why:

"They were very young, like boys really, wearing jeans and T-shirts," said Rakesh Patel, a British guest at the Taj, whose face was blackened by the smoke.

The Times of India says Deccan Mujahideen is claiming credit for the attacks. Bill Riggio writes that the Deccan or Indian Mujahideen has been behind several attacks in India and is a front group for the Students' Islamic Movement of India:

While it is certainly possible that the group is taking credit for another's handiwork, the Indian Mujahideen has been implicated as being behind several recent attacks in India. The group claimed credit for the July 25 and 26 bombings in Ahmedabad and Bangalore. At least 36 Indians were killed and more than 120 were wounded in the attacks. The Indian Mujahideen took credit for the Sept. 13 attacks in New Delhi that resulted in 18 killed and more than 90 wounded. The group also claimed credit for the bombings in Jaipur last May (60 killed, more than 200 wounded), and bombings in Uttar Pradesh in November 2007 (14 killed, 50 wounded).

Indian intelligence believes the Indian Mujahideen is a front group created by Lashkar-e-Taiba and the Harkat ul Jihad al Islami to confuse investigators and cover the tracks of the Students' Islamic Movement of India, or SIMI, a radical Islamist movement. The groups receive support from Pakistan's Inter-Service Intelligence and are al Qaeda affiliates.

According to the Times Online, our intelligence officials expected al Qaeda to produce something "spectactular" between now and Obama's inauguration. Even though this attack wasn't on America or American interests specifically, al Qaeda and other organizations will be watching Obama's reaction. Will he demonstrate some kind of steely resolve on national security that he hid well during the campaign? According to a number of reports, next week Obama is set to select Marine Gen. James L. Jones for his National Security Advisor. Will this give our enemies pause?

Update: The Pakistani President and Prime Minister are both condemning the terrorist attacks, but Bill Roggio says it's a Pakistani terrorist group behind the attacks.

Update II: Our intelligence officials say al Qaeda's goal is to hit Penn Station so patrols armed with some serious weaponry are now on the ground.

Update III: Victor Davis Hanson at The Corner writes that the terrorist attacks in India and al Qaeda's new threats on Penn Station will cause Obama to ease back from many of his campaign promises to dismantle an array of Bush's anti-terrorism programs that have kept us safe the past seven years:

I think the terrible news from India, coupled with intelligence reports of the al-Qaeda desire to do something similar here, may well prompt Obama et al. to think very carefully about repealing the FISA accords, elements of the Patriot Act, immediately closing Guantanamo, and other homeland-security measures.

Those around Obama have already dropped most of the campaign nonsense of Bush shredding the Constitution, and will come to appreciate, once they have the responsibility of governance, that there may well be a reason other than chance that we have not had here the periodic attacks post-9/11 that we've seen abroad--coupled with the politically incorrect view that we have attrited a lot of insurgents and terrorists abroad on the borders of Pakistan, as well as those who flocked to Iraq, and met there a bad end...

The India matter should--and indeed I think it will--be a sobering reminder to the new administration to "make haste slowly."

I just pray VDH is right.


TrackBack

TrackBack URL for this entry:
/cgi-bin/mt-tb.cgi/33193.

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Massive Terror Attacks in Mumbai, India:

» Rhymes With Right linked with Something To Give Thanks About -- Part III

Comments (17)

Seriously? You are faultin... (Below threshold)
Oldflyer:

Seriously? You are faulting U.S. and British intelligence for not detecting a plot in India?
Wow!

How about Indian intelligence?

The fact is that India has a large minority Muslim population, with long standing animosity toward the majority. They are very vulnerable and they know it.

I didn't peg Kim Pri... (Below threshold)
Adrian Browne:


I didn't peg Kim Priestap as a member of the "Blame America First" crowd but sadly I was mistaken.

India has the second larges... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

India has the second largest Muslim population in the world after Indonesia (about 5 million more than Pakistan).

It's crass to frame a discussion of these attacks in the context of American politics when there is nothing anywhere to suggest that these attacks had anything to do with anti-Americanism. This has nothing to do with your country's national security.

Above all else it's importa... (Below threshold)

Above all else it's important to honor and remember the victims. They didn't deserve this type of fate.

1) Which countries have the... (Below threshold)
ODA315:

1) Which countries have the move extensive intelligence gathering capabilities directed towards terrorist ops? (India's the wrong answer)

2) Which countries have the most powerful and extensive intelligence data analysis systems? (India would be the wrong answer again).

3) Which countries have provided the majority of intelligence information wrt the Bali bombings, the London Tube attacks, and virtually every major terrorist operation in the last 8 years? (India? Wrong again)

Now doesn't it make you feel good about these attacks going "unwarned" by the folks who have their ear to the ground protecting all of us? Or would that just be "crass"?

"It's crass to frame a disc... (Below threshold)
Gmac:

"It's crass to frame a discussion of these attacks in the context of American politics when there is nothing anywhere to suggest that these attacks had anything to do with anti-Americanism."

I guess the fact that they were *explicitly asking* people for their passports so they could identify American and British nationals was just a smokescreen so they would be able to avoid allowing any harm to come to them.

You are a helpless fuckwit and need to shut your mouth before any more bullshit escapes.

hyper - "This has nothi... (Below threshold)
Marc:

hyper - "This has nothing to do with your country's national security."

Are you so disconnected from this news story you don't know even the most basic details?

Like how Brit and American citizens were specifically targeted?

Yeah right hyper... move along, nothing to see here....

Except U.S. citizens being targeted. Somehow I think if Back-Bacon eating Canucks were the aim you'd be singing a different tune.

There are Canadians being h... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

There are Canadians being held hostage. And Britons. And French. And Indians, you morons.

It's not always about your fictitous nation of Jack Bauers vs. the Evil Brown Menace. Anybody who believes this event occurred as a means of testing Obama's--or America's--resolve in the war on terror is making shit up.

What the hell Hyper, we're ... (Below threshold)
ODA315:

What the hell Hyper, we're probably all to blame anyway, right?

Go back to chanting O-B-A-M-A....0-B-A-M-A.....

btw numbnutz, the terrorists were reported to be looking exclusively for US and Brit passports.

And we all thought the terrorists would all be nicer now that the messiah-n-chief was elected. Welcome to the real world.

O-B-A-M-A...O-B-A-M-A.....0-B-A-M-A...

What the f*ck are you talki... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

What the f*ck are you talking about, blame? People are dead because of terrorists. Who else could you possibly blame?

I have friends currently in Mumbai, though I assume (and hope) they could not afford to stay at the hotels under siege. What has Obama got to do with this? What the hell is wrong with you? There are dozens of innocent people dead, murdered indiscriminately--not because of where their passports say they are from, according to the Prime Minister of India, but only because they were foreigners:

(http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7753177.stm)

What's your source of information on these events, by the way? Which pathetic American news organization's font of fabrication are you gleefully lapping at? If you're watching this unfold on CNN or reading about it on Fox's or CNN's website I guess your America-centric perspective on this tragedy is somewhat understandable. To everyone else who exists outside of the bubble of your media, this event has nothing to do with American politics. It's really crass to suggest otherwise.

What's your sourc... (Below threshold)
What's your source of information on these events, by the way? Which pathetic American news organization's font of fabrication are you gleefully lapping at? If you're watching this unfold on CNN or reading about it on Fox's or CNN's website I guess your America-centric perspective on this tragedy is somewhat understandable. To everyone else who exists outside of the bubble of your media, this event has nothing to do with American politics. It's really crass to suggest otherwise.
'

Hyper the source was from eyewitness accounts on Indian television, phone calls by people who were in the attack and from BBC and Austrian News papers. The attacks were not against Indian but against Westerners and specifically British and Americans.


http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7752768.stm

Rakesh Patel, a businessman who was eating in the restaurant of the Taj Mahal Palace when gunmen burst in, said: "They wanted anyone with British or American passports. So I guess they were after foreigners."

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/asia/article5248416.ece

http://www.smh.com.au/news/world/guests-night-of-horror-in-luxury-hotel/2008/11/27/1227491736635.html

One British guest told Indian television that he had been among a dozen people herded together by two of the gunmen and taken to the hotel's upper floors. "They were very young, like boys really, wearing jeans and T-shirts. They said they wanted anyone with British and American/ passports and then they took us up the stairs. I think they wanted to take us to the roof," he said, adding that he and another hostage managed to escape on the 18th floor.
hyper... where the friggin ... (Below threshold)
Marc:

hyper... where the friggin hell are you know?

You were VERY QUICK to poo-poo any thoughts of this being aimed at the Brits and Americans... but now, when proven to be the asshat your are by linked sources provided by "hcddbz" you strangely (well no so much) exit the thread.

Dear "citizen-of-the-world"... (Below threshold)
ODA315:

Dear "citizen-of-the-world" Hyperbolist:

We're impressed, a lefty showing as much outrage towards terrorists as they do the US and Pres. Bush.

Folks, mark this day on your calenders.

BTW, this info was reported on the live Indian television broadcast with the source being people who'd escaped.

Sorry hcddbz, I should have... (Below threshold)
ODA315:

Sorry hcddbz, I should have read your post first. Good info.

"Exit the thread"? You mean... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

"Exit the thread"? You mean... have other things to do? (Work, and cooking dinner for my girlfriend and her parents, got in the way of continuing this enlightening exchange. Sowwy!)

So are the Orthodox Jews from Israel who were taken hostage American, or were they British?

I remember skimming news reports last night and reading something about one of the attackers having a blond mohawk haircut. I don't think anybody has any idea who these people are (apart from being highly trained) or why they carried out this attack. And while they were certainly looking for foreigners I think perhaps a lingering regional animosity towards Britain and the characterization of all things Western as "America" is probably all that motivated any emphasis on American or British hostage taking vs. French/Canadian/Australian/Italian etc. And you will by now have realized that the killing was much more indiscriminate than the witnesses hcddbz cites above have suggested it might have been.

My friends were in a hostel across the city, quite happy that they are seeing Mumbai on a budget.

hyper - "So are the Ort... (Below threshold)
Marc:

hyper - "So are the Orthodox Jews from Israel who were taken hostage American, or were they British?"

You know what? You can stuff that crap in the same location as a Turkey Day bird gets stuffed - up its/your ass.

You're the only one diverting attention by noting other nationalities being held hostage. As you well know, but won't admit, that not the issue. No one disputes that.

The specific issue was who was targeted in this attack. Numerous reports from sources other than U.S. based ones that you seem to dislike note exactly that.

But that matters little to you, it's more important to sh*t on any, and everything written here - facts be damned!.

The usual HyperB.S.: ... (Below threshold)
Les Nessman:

The usual HyperB.S.:
"..there is nothing anywhere to suggest that these attacks had anything to do with anti-Americanism. This has nothing to do with your country's national security."

Wrong again. :
" "And as Indian commandos ended the bloody 59-hour siege at the Taj yesterday by killing the last three Islamic gunmen, baby-faced Kasab was dispassionately detailing the background to the mayhem. He described how its mastermind briefed the group to 'target whites, preferably Americans and British'."
-from the UK DailyMail via Instapundit




Advertisements









rightads.gif

beltwaybloggers.gif

insiderslogo.jpg

mba_blue.gif

Follow Wizbang

Follow Wizbang on FacebookFollow Wizbang on TwitterSubscribe to Wizbang feedWizbang Mobile

Contact

Send e-mail tips to us:

tips@wizbangblog.com

Fresh Links

Credits

Section Editor: Maggie Whitton

Editors: Jay Tea, Lorie Byrd, Kim Priestap, DJ Drummond, Michael Laprarie, Baron Von Ottomatic, Shawn Mallow, Rick, Dan Karipides, Michael Avitablile, Charlie Quidnunc, Steve Schippert

Emeritus: Paul, Mary Katherine Ham, Jim Addison, Alexander K. McClure, Cassy Fiano, Bill Jempty, John Stansbury, Rob Port

In Memorium: HughS

All original content copyright © 2003-2010 by Wizbang®, LLC. All rights reserved. Wizbang® is a registered service mark.

Powered by Movable Type Pro 4.361

Hosting by ServInt

Ratings on this site are powered by the Ajax Ratings Pro plugin for Movable Type.

Search on this site is powered by the FastSearch plugin for Movable Type.

Blogrolls on this site are powered by the MT-Blogroll.

Temporary site design is based on Cutline and Cutline for MT. Graphics by Apothegm Designs.

Author Login



Terms Of Service

DCMA Compliance Notice

Privacy Policy