In the ten months before this week’s atrocity, Muslim terrorists killed over 200 people in India and no-one paid much attention. Just business as usual, alas. In Bombay, the perpetrators were cannier. They launched a multiple indiscriminate assault on soft targets, and then in the confusion began singling out A-list prey: Not just wealthy Western tourists, but local orthodox Jews, and municipal law enforcement. They drew prominent officials to selected sites, and then gunned down the head of the antiterrorism squad and two of his most senior lieutenants. They attacked a hospital, the place you’re supposed to take the victims to, thereby destabilizing the city’s emergency-response system.
And, aside from dozens of corpses, they were rewarded with instant, tangible, economic damage to India: the Bombay Stock Exchange was still closed on Friday, and the England cricket team canceled their tour (a shameful act).
What’s relevant about the Mumbai model is that it would work in just about any second-tier city in any democratic state: Seize multiple soft targets and overwhelm the municipal infrastructure to the point where any emergency plan will simply be swamped by the sheer scale of events. Try it in, say, Mayor Nagin’s New Orleans. All you need is the manpower. Given the numbers of gunmen, clearly there was a significant local component. On the other hand, whether or not Pakistan’s deeply sinister ISI had their fingerprints all over it, it would seem unlikely that there was no external involvement. After all, if you look at every jihad front from the London Tube bombings to the Iraqi insurgency, you’ll find local lads and wily outsiders: That’s pretty much a given.
Read the whole, very troubling thing, and then pray that the president-elect has as well. There’s a good chance that Hillary knows the score, and certainly General Jones does.
It his Congressional allies that might not allow President-elect Obama to “grow in office” into a serious proponent of the war against Islamist jihadists. The early details of the sophisticated nature of the attacks in India in this article underscore the nature of the threat posed by jihadists, and not just in India, but anywhere within reach of a country that does not itself have the means or the will to suppress jihadist activity within its borders.
Perhaps some kind soul will send the Office of the President-elect a crate of The War Against the West. Every member of the incoming White House staff could use many doses of Wright, Frantz and Collins, Steyn, Burns and the rest.