Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, and their families, of this appalling terrorist attack in Mumbai. We have had confirmation that two Australians have been killed. One of them, Doug Markell, was a constituent of mine and a former Deputy Mayor of Woollahra, and our prayers and condolences go to his family as indeed they go to the families of all those who have been killed or injured in this dreadful, murderous outbreak of terrorism … The terrorist attacks in Mumbai remind us of the importance of the war against terror and the very heavy price that s being paid by Australian soldiers in the front line in the war against terror.
Presented are links to three influential weblogs’ and a fine columnist, highlighting some of the more pertinent questions arising from the Mumbai attacks.
Via American Power: Mumbai and the Ideological Challenge to the West
Via Chesler Chronicles: The Thanksgiving Day Massacre in Mumbai
Via The Interpreter: Mumbai: Messages from the ruins
From Mark Steyn: Mumbai could happen just about anywhere
For the world’s decision makers, foreign policy experts, and military and strategic analysts Mumbai should serve as a wakeup call that the traditional approach to terrorism needs reviewing. Though the attacks were localized, the terrorists successfully took hold of a major city and drew the world media attention to their message of hate. For terror cells aspiring to wreak more havoc for their own selfish reasons or, as aspirants of the al-Qa'ida cause, Mumbai may serve as a prototypical model for future terror strikes; precisely why local, regional, and international intelligence establishment cannot overlook local terror armies.