Massive terror plot in Mumbai; 80 dead, 250+ injured; Update: 900 injured; Update: “Chatter” points to Al Qaeda? Update: 10 separate attacks

posted at 3:03 pm on November 26, 2008 by Allahpundit

Awful, and doubly worrisome in light of the FBI alert issued this morning for the NYC subway system. According to CNN, they hit the airport, two hotels, a cafe, a railway station and a gas station — and there may be more on the way. The Foreign Ministry’s opened a war room to deal with it.

Has there ever been an attack with this many targets?

Armed with AK-47 rifles and grenades, a couple of terrorists entered the passenger hall of CST and opened fire and threw grenades, Mumbai General Railway Police Commissioner A K Sharma said.

The terror strike which began at 10:33 PM at Chhatrapathi Shivaji Terminus(CST), formerly known as the Victoria Terminus(VT), claimed 10 lives in the premises of the station alone, police said.

Three persons were killed in a bomb explosion in a taxi on Mazegaon dockyard road and an equal number were gunned down at Taj Hotel. The victims in the hotel were its employees.

The lobby of the Oberoi hotel was on fire and the hotel evacuated, eyewitnesses said.

Maharashtra DGP A N Roy said tonight’s attack in “at least seven places” is a “terror strike.”

No word yet on how many are involved, but the fact that they’re using guns and grenades instead of suicide bombs makes me wonder if this isn’t some homegrown group or a Pakistani jihadi outfit like Lashkar e-Taiba instead of AQ. LeT members were arrested in connection with the last attack on Mumbai, so there’s precedent. You might be hearing the name “Dawood Ibrahim” pop up in the coming hours, too; revisit this post by our old friend Clint Taylor for essential background.

Update: As expected, Counterterrorism Blog points the finger at LeT and a native Islamic student group.

Update: DrewM at Ace’s site claims that the hotel attackers demanded American hostages among the guests, specifically.

Update: Total chaos.


Update: At the Standard, Thomas Joscelyn asks a question wonders if an attack of this scale and coordination doesn’t point to Pakistan’s ISI.

Most, if not all, of the targets are places that cater to westerners – restaurants, hotels, trains, etc. Moreover, the terrorists have laid siege to a couple of hotels and the terrorists are incredibly mobile, moving from location to location. The attacks are ongoing and the casualty count keeps rising. The result is a traumatized city and nation.

It is too early to tell with any precision who is behind these attacks. The smart money is on the multi-headed hydra of terrorist and extremist groups based in Pakistan and Kashmir. Indeed, Pakistan’s intelligence service has waged a proxy war against India using terrorists for decades. The two nuclear powers have avoided a large-scale exchange, but the Pakistani ISI has repeatedly sponsored or aided terrorist groups targeting civilians in India. For example, Indian authorities were quite vocal in blaming Pakistan for the July 11, 2006 train bombings, which killed more than 200.

Update: A clue, maybe, as to how they pulled this off without no one noticing anything. How young are we talking about here?

“They were very young, like boys really, wearing jeans and T-shirts,” Rakesh Patel, a stunned British guest at the Taj, told an Indian television channel. He said he had been among about a dozen foreigners who had been herded together by two heavily armed men and taken up to the hotel’s upper floors.

“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. He and another hostage had managed to escape when they reached the 18th floor, he said.

Update: A group no one’s ever heard of called the Deccan Mujahedeen is taking credit. What’s worse: If they’re lying or if they’re telling the truth, which would mean amateurs somehow pulled off an attack this sophisticated?

Update: Correction — looks like they’re been heard from before.

Update: Unbelievably, the Times of India now says more than 900 have been injured. How is that possible absent at least one monster blast that wounds hundreds of people all at once? And again, just how many attackers are we talking about here? Is there an army parading through the streets of Mumbai?

They got a bunch of top cops, too. How?

The attacks have taken a tragic toll on the city’s top police brass: The high-profile chief of the anti-terror squad Hemant Karkare was killed; Mumbai’s additional commissioner of police (east) Ashok Kamte was gunned down outside the Metro; and celebrated encounter specialist Vijay Salaskar was also killed.

More:

Some media reports attributed the attack to Lashkar-e-Taiba. There were also unconfirmed reports that some of the terrorists came in by sea. A boat laden with explosives was recovered later at night off the Gateway of India.

Update: Supposedly, western intel picked up “chatter” in the last few weeks suggesting a terror spectacular in the works to welcome Obama to the global fray. They’re assuming it’s AQ, but this doesn’t look like any other AQ attack I’ve ever heard of and India’s never been a big preoccupation of the leadership. Even so, here you go:

The multiple attacks on Westerners in Bombay tonight showed all the signs of an al-Qaeda strategy — picking on vulnerable Western “soft targets” but not in a country where there would be maximum security. The bombing of Western targets in Bali in 2002 when al-Qaeda-linked terrorists planted bombs in touristfavoured restaurants and nightclubs was another example where the terror group switched its resources to achieve maximum impact.

Counter-terrorist experts said that India would have been selected for the latest spectacular “probably because that’s where al-Qaeda have sufficient resources to carry out an attack on this scale”. One counter-terrorist expert told The Times: “They don’t choose for the sake of it, they look to see where they have the greatest capability and then order an attack,”

The key to this attack was the search by the armed terrorists for American and British passport holders. With a reported 40 Westerners being held hostage, the terrorists currently have the upper hand. The counter-terrorist sources said targeting Bombay’s most luxurious hotels and a crowded railway station had all the hallmarks of an al-Qaeda operation.

If this is an international group like AQ, I wonder if their next try in America won’t involve more mundane weapons like guns and grenades instead of something grand scale to try to duplicate their success here.

Update: Via Danger Room, there’s already a Google Map available to show you how spread out the attacks are. And here’s a Flickr page of photos from the rubble.

Update: The Indian army’s reportedly moving in on the hotels where hostages are being held. We’re in for either one of the great rescue operations in history or another Beslan.

Update: Roggio suspects the Deccan Mujahedeen are a front group for the usual suspects.

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.

Update: No details yet but IBN says 50 people have been rescued from the Hotel Taj.

Update: MSNBC was streaming IBN just now and a correspondent speculated that we’re looking at maybe 100 suspects here, maybe more. How was a group that large trained and equipped well enough to carry out coordinated attacks without anyone leaking or Indian counterterror knowing about it? See now why Roggio thinks ISI might be at work here?

Update: There have been six separate explosions at the Hotel Taj, apparently, and 10 separate attacks across the city in all, according to IBN. I would never have guessed that any terror group was capable of pulling this off, be it AQ, Hezbollah, or whoever.


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………..Over to you, Obama.

ThePrez on November 26, 2008 at 3:04 PM

“Present”

BO

Farmer62 on November 26, 2008 at 3:05 PM

Foreigners reportedly held hostage, too.

amerpundit on November 26, 2008 at 3:05 PM

Oh, and here’s a live video stream from India in English.

amerpundit on November 26, 2008 at 3:06 PM

…….were going to sit down and talk…..with….uhm……..

subbottomfeeder on November 26, 2008 at 3:07 PM

Good thing that Pakistan just got an IMF loan for Billions.

danking70 on November 26, 2008 at 3:07 PM

A boat full of explosives reported found near the Gateway of India, Indian bloggers report. Here’s a picture of one of the terrorists.

amerpundit on November 26, 2008 at 3:08 PM

A few big explosions and everyone assumes it was muslims. I’m betting Buddhists.

Cicero43 on November 26, 2008 at 3:08 PM

Farmer62 on November 26, 2008 at 3:05 PM

Good one!

ThePrez on November 26, 2008 at 3:08 PM

I’m suprised something like this hasn’t happened already, especially here (USA). It’s cheap and difficult to detect before it’s done. All you need is people crazy enough to carry it out.

Lock and load folks.

Harpoon on November 26, 2008 at 3:09 PM

And the best thing we could do?

STAY OUT OF IT!

Let the Islamists tick off the rest of the world… and then let the rest of the world fight their own battles for a change…

Romeo13 on November 26, 2008 at 3:09 PM

I hope those Somali’s who were vanishing really went to Somalia to fight rather than for an operation in the US.

sharrukin on November 26, 2008 at 3:09 PM

“This is above my pay grade”

BO

pseudonominus on November 26, 2008 at 3:10 PM

………..Over to you, Obama.

This is India’s problem.

lodge on November 26, 2008 at 3:10 PM

I’m suprised something like this hasn’t happened already, especially here (USA). It’s cheap and difficult to detect before it’s done. All you need is people crazy enough to carry it out.

Harpoon on November 26, 2008 at 3:09 PM

+1

Lock and load folks.

Harpoon on November 26, 2008 at 3:09 PM

+ eleventy billion

pseudonominus on November 26, 2008 at 3:12 PM

Is it 3 AM yet?

ronsfi on November 26, 2008 at 3:14 PM

No U.S. casualties so far, U.S. embassy says.

amerpundit on November 26, 2008 at 3:14 PM

I know the exit question falls under Allahpundit’s purview, but I posit the following only to illustrate the difference between the terrorists and civilization.

80 dead, 250+ injured

Was there any collateral damage? Will the media ask this question?

Blaise on November 26, 2008 at 3:15 PM

This is horrible. Kinda messed up that a hotel would give out American room numbers, but guns pointed at your head tend to change your priorities.

Esthier on November 26, 2008 at 3:18 PM

Farmer62 on November 26, 2008 at 3:05 PM

I know it’s not appropriate to laugh in a situation like this one, but when I read your post I spit my diet coke out on my desk… thank you for that! :-)

I’ve been watching this a bit on FNC and just thanking God that George Bush is still President. Now I am not going to automatically assume Barack would fumble the ball in a situation like this, but the situation is a gentle reminder of what lurks out there in the big, bad world isn’t so nice and transcends the euphoria of Grant Park and the frivolity of a made-up office (of the President-Elect), etc.

Get ready.

D2Boston on November 26, 2008 at 3:20 PM

“I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction”

BO

pseudonominus on November 26, 2008 at 3:20 PM

Part of the problem is trying to differentiate Lashkar e-Tiba from AQ. They are all Mohammedans and they are all promoting Islam. It is like saying that America is fighting two wars which seems to be the fashion these days. You are fighting in two theaters of one war. You say that AQ is moving it’s fighters from Iraq to Afghanistan. Same enemy but a different war? And no one questions this mistake in terminology. Nacht und Nebel by the barrel full and no need for it.

BL@KBIRD on November 26, 2008 at 3:22 PM

In all of the current war tracks that are progressing (mostly independent, though they are all muslims versus non-muslims) the one that would be best to go hot first is the India-Pakistan track. The geography contains whatever might happen there, including exchanges of nukes, as the threats bandied about by both India and Pakistan in 2003 illustrated. If the India-Pakistan track were to go white hot, it would, most importantly, get rid of the Pakistani nuclear arsenal (which has to be done at some point), people would realize how serious this whole situation is and we would stop pussyfooting around with Iran and the other problems that need to just be done (no matter how gruesome that task might appear on TV) and finish the job as it must be. Otherwise, the wait will be for Iran to nuke Israel, and the cost of that to us and the world will be of unimaginable scale.

progressoverpeace on November 26, 2008 at 3:22 PM

Uh, uhm, uh, like, I’m just the President Elect right now. And, uh, uh, besides, I’ve already answered, like, 8 questions.

OhEssYouCowboys on November 26, 2008 at 3:23 PM

Please, everyone in NY keep an eye out over the next few days. We want you all here. I pray God will protect all who were involved and keep them safe.
L

letget on November 26, 2008 at 3:23 PM

Top Indian Official: Death toll now at 78.

amerpundit on November 26, 2008 at 3:24 PM

sad news

I hope the hostages are released safely

offroadaz on November 26, 2008 at 3:24 PM

Ohh , the death cult of peace is on it again.

the_nile on November 26, 2008 at 3:25 PM

India is fixin’ to SERIOUSLY put a hurtin’ om someone.

BallisticBob on November 26, 2008 at 3:25 PM

Good luck for them to do this in Texas or NC or any other state that understands the value of a firearm…pity NY, Washington. L.A….they are defenseless.

right2bright on November 26, 2008 at 3:27 PM

Lets hope that on this day before our American Thankgiving with Family and Friends in our Nation of Peace, that nothing like this will happen anytime soon.

Lets also say a prayer, or if you are so inclined, give a word of aspiration to those in India going thru this at this moment and losing loved ones.

upinak on November 26, 2008 at 3:29 PM

We know how India deals with pirates.

lodge on November 26, 2008 at 3:29 PM

MSNBC isn’t covering this at all. FNC and CNN are going wall to wall, but MSBNC has been discussing Obama and holiday travel for the last 30 minutes.

rw on November 26, 2008 at 3:30 PM

I think the Muslim community has a problem. Their sense of style is way off.

nick108 on November 26, 2008 at 3:30 PM

No U.S. casualties so far, U.S. embassy says.

amerpundit on November 26, 2008 at 3:14 PM

I’m actually expecting “events” like this to be low on the US casualties and high on casualties for people working with us, once the terrorists decide Berry is in charge.
The India/Pakistan conflict has a bit of a life of its own, though.

Count to 10 on November 26, 2008 at 3:31 PM

I blame this on President Bush. He spent all his foreign policy power cozying up to Pakistan and we get nothing. India has been dealing with the Pakistani thugs since Pakistan was origianlly partitioned. They would have made a perfect ally for us against the Taliban and other regional forces.

Bush’s greatest blunder was choosing to ally with Pakistan instead of India for the war on Terror. Pakistan gives us nothing on the international stage and sucks funds from us so that they can use those funds to do things like this to India.

Such a shame. India should be our greatest ally in Asia. Instead we allied with their enemy Pakistan. Heckuva job Bush. Heckuva job.

ThackerAgency on November 26, 2008 at 3:31 PM

We know how only India deals with pirates.

lodge on November 26, 2008 at 3:29 PM

!

the_nile on November 26, 2008 at 3:32 PM

ThackerAgency on November 26, 2008 at 3:31 PM

There is a bit of a cold war problem with that, but I think we have cooperation with India on terrorism.

Count to 10 on November 26, 2008 at 3:34 PM

hotel attackers demanded American hostages among the guests, specifically.

Racism , where’s the equal opportunity.

the_nile on November 26, 2008 at 3:35 PM

ThackerAgency on November 26, 2008 at 3:31 PM

Without Pakistan, how do you proceed on the war in Afghanistan?

BallisticBob on November 26, 2008 at 3:36 PM

…the Religion O’ Peace strikes again….

…let’s wait and see if all those “open-minded” folks protesting California’s Prop. 8 climb on-board an “anti-intolerance and anti-hate” train aimed at the Murderous Mullahs of Mecca….

*CRICKETS*

…naaaaaaaaaaaaah….

…they’re only interested in tolerance when they’re winning…and, besides, it’s fun to spit on tradition (and reproductive biology)….

…failing that, maybe we could encourage some other paragons of tolerance to speak out against the Blood-Thirsty Bombers of Bombay…maybe the ACLU….

…naaaaaaaaaaaaah….

…fund-raising sink-hole, that….

…oooo…oooo…maybe we could interest the UN in speaking out against the doings of the Kunning Kut-Throats of the Koran…well….

…naaaaaaaaaaaaah….

…they’re too busy undermining the US war effort, US influence abroad and sovereignty at home…no time to do any of that peace-keeping stuff….

…so…what to do….

…guess we’ll have to sit and rock, and wait until they start showing up here….

…where we can shoot ‘em….

Puritan1648 on November 26, 2008 at 3:36 PM

Yahoo headline: “Obama says he’ll have economic plan on his first day”

faraway on November 26, 2008 at 3:37 PM

I pray for the victims and hope they catch the terrorists.
Never let your guard down. The terrorists will gladly wait 3-4 years to plan and execute another attack. We (mainly the media) seem to lose interest in about 1 year.

dpierson on November 26, 2008 at 3:37 PM

I’m suprised something like this hasn’t happened already, especially here (USA). It’s cheap and difficult to detect before it’s done. All you need is people crazy enough to carry it out.

Harpoon on November 26, 2008 at 3:09 PM

Maybe because civilians here are armed, and shoot back.

Americans won’t take kindly to terrorists in our midst. I think they’ve always known that and consequently have stayed away from the shopping malls and schools. But they might be dumb enough to try something now, thinking everyone here is a patsy like Obama.

fogw on November 26, 2008 at 3:38 PM

If the past is a pattern the Indians will suck this up and even blame themselves in an effort to please/not provoke it’s Muslims. They behave like good dhimmies after centuries of psychological and physical battering by the magnificent Mohammedans. Sometimes the grass root Hindu’s are forced to take too much, they lose it and do a number on the local Mohammedans they can get their hands on. That is all that ever happens though.

Teh Islam, teh awesome!

BL@KBIRD on November 26, 2008 at 3:39 PM

CAIR exists to defend what causes this, while denying that it does so. Reflect on that a while.

Akzed on November 26, 2008 at 3:41 PM

I think the Muslim community has a problem. Their sense of style is way off.

nick108 on November 26, 2008 at 3:30 PM

…but, their ensembles are quite practical….

…their headwear can double as dish towels….

…their trousers can be used as grain bags….

…they never need a shoe shine….

…and beards hide at least a third of their faces….

…not exactly Haute couture, but eminently practical…no pockets, but a those ammunition belts are handy accessories….

…sound racist? Too bad….

…they’re murdering people, you see…people against whom they have no specific grievance save nationality…and, I’d bet, skin color…some, almost literally in their beds….

…so, rather than be mistaken for weaklings or apologists, we have to say SOMETHING bad about them….

Puritan1648 on November 26, 2008 at 3:42 PM

………..Over to you, Obama.
ThePrez on November 26, 2008 at 3:04 PM

I strongly condemn the outbreak of violence in Georgia Bombay Mumbai, and urge an immediate end to armed conflict. Now is the time for Georgia India and Russia Al Qaeda to show restraint, and to avoid an escalation to full scale war. Georgia India’s territorial integrity must be respected. All sides should enter into direct talks on behalf of stability in Georgia India, and the United States, the United Nations Security Council, and the international community should fully support a peaceful resolution to this crisis.

gridlock2 on November 26, 2008 at 3:44 PM

Very sad to hear about the hotels being attacked and tourists targeted. Dawood’s gang might be involved but it is too early to say. They killed the local anti-terror chief. Pretty brazen stuff. Cafe Leopold is a fun place and would have been very crowded at just about any time.

Maybe because civilians here are armed, and shoot back.

fogw on November 26, 2008 at 3:38 PM

Anyone who has been to India knows how well armed and omnipresent their security forces are, especially in Bombay. Americans would not fair any better just because of gun owners… don’t kid yourself.

lexhamfox on November 26, 2008 at 3:45 PM

India is fixin’ to SERIOUSLY put a hurtin’ om someone.

BallisticBob on November 26, 2008 at 3:25 PM

Yeah, I hope we just let them handle it. I doubt complaints about waterboarding from Chuck Hagel will have much effect on how they do business.

a capella on November 26, 2008 at 3:49 PM

fogw on November 26, 2008 at 3:38 PM

We’ve had plenty of mall and school shootings. Gun ownership isn’t always helpful here.

Esthier on November 26, 2008 at 3:50 PM

BL@KBIRD, I have always tried to think of Afghanistan and Iraq as two campaigns in the same war. The Democrats have coopted any change in the lexicon. They keep it compartmentalized and obscure the real threat.

I once asked my high school American history teacher which WW2 theater did he fight in. He replied with a chuckle,”Theater? I didn’t fight in a theater; I fought in the jungle.” He was on Guadalcanal.

Pelayo on November 26, 2008 at 3:50 PM

But — but — we elected the Obamessiah! Violence was supposed to go away! Everybody was going to love everybody and we were going to hold hands and skip through fields of daisies singing “Kumbaya”!

Gina on November 26, 2008 at 3:51 PM

Where TF is Mumbai? I am learning so much about the world with these attacks.

johnnyU on November 26, 2008 at 3:52 PM

Where TF is Mumbai? I am learning so much about the world with these attacks.

johnnyU on November 26, 2008 at 3:52 PM

It’s Bombay. Port on the west coast of India.

sharrukin on November 26, 2008 at 3:53 PM

We’ve had plenty of mall and school shootings. Gun ownership isn’t always helpful here.

Esthier on November 26, 2008 at 3:50 PM

It will be when the shootings occur on a daily basis, not by some lone whacko who wants his fifteen minutes of fame but from organized terrorists intent on murdering women and children by the hundreds.

fogw on November 26, 2008 at 3:55 PM

I blame this on President Bush.

ThackerAgency on November 26, 2008 at 3:31 PM

Oh, for God’s sake, how long have India and Pakistan been enemies? Maybe India would have made a better ally, but that isn’t what caused this particular atrocity. George Bush is not responsible for every bad thing that happens on this earth!

pannw on November 26, 2008 at 3:55 PM

And the best thing we could do?

STAY OUT OF IT!

Let the Islamists tick off the rest of the world… and then let the rest of the world fight their own battles for a change…

Romeo13 on November 26, 2008 at 3:09 PM

…you may not’ve been paying attention for, oh, the last fifty or so years….

…Islamicist notion of foreign relations: picture Cleavon Little in Blazing Saddles…”Don’t move or the n*gg*r gets it!”.

So many of our “allies” are so very worried that the Sons of Mohammed will upset their fragile little applecarts, both ideologically and domestically — having allowed millions of the tribe “into” their societies, as a fool might flirt with tuberculosis — that they’ll put up with almost anything outside their borders if it keeps those inside their borders quiet. Many of them, especially the lefties in Britain, have let these folks get away with murder….

…it’s not likely that the post-colonial guilt divas who seem to think themselves still relevant will lift a finger, beyond voting for some neutrally-worded admonishment in the General Assembly…I’d bet that the benighted blokes on a rampage today will ever read any such admonishments, and take those they ever find about as signs of vascillation and weakness….

…oh!, to be a terrorist today…dealing, as they do, in fear, and so many with so much to lose so ready to be afraid…a target-rich environment….

Puritan1648 on November 26, 2008 at 3:55 PM

Oh, and here’s a live video stream from India in English.
amerpundit on November 26, 2008 at 3:06 PM

Thanks!

From this feed, the explosions are ongoing.

exception on November 26, 2008 at 3:55 PM

Mark my words…tested…

vcferlita on November 26, 2008 at 3:57 PM

Esthier, there ya go. Confusing the issue. There are two kinds of gun owners – The honest, law abiding kind, and the kind we don’t want to have a gun but have one anyway. I am not worried about someone who spends $200 to $300 to acquire a firearm carry permit, not counting to $450 to $900 to buy one. The kind of person you should be worried about are the people carrying firearms who legally cannot have one but have one anyway.

Pelayo on November 26, 2008 at 3:58 PM

We’ve had plenty of mall and school shootings. Gun ownership isn’t always helpful here.

Esthier on November 26, 2008 at 3:50 PM

Yep, malls, where you get followed by unarmed security even if you have a concealed carry permit… and yes, I’ve been asked to leave before…

And schools, which are disarmed by Federal Law….

So, your point?

Romeo13 on November 26, 2008 at 3:58 PM

It will be when the shootings occur on a daily basis, not by some lone whacko who wants his fifteen minutes of fame but from organized terrorists intent on murdering women and children by the hundreds.

fogw on November 26, 2008 at 3:55 PM

At that point, we’ll have bigger things to worry about than gun free zones, but we’ll also probably be at war.

Esthier on November 26, 2008 at 4:00 PM

We’ve had plenty of mall and school shootings. Gun ownership isn’t always helpful here.

Esthier on November 26, 2008 at 3:50 PM

…and, if your piece is setting with a trigger lock in a gun-safe or a closet shelf back at home, I’d agree…if it’s cocked, locked and ready to rock on your hip, in your purse, or in a shoulder holster…and you’ve time to deploy it, practice using it, and a clear shot, that’s another thing entirely….

…even in a combat zone, folks are shot unawares…but those unarmed — even if they mean no harm, may sympathize with the “plight” of the shooters, may abhor the policies of their own government in the matter, blah-blah-blah — haven’t got a ghost of a chance…and are the easiest to kill….

…gun ownership isn’t the key…guns are just a tool…vigilance and resolve are key…and they are being bred out of us daily….

Puritan1648 on November 26, 2008 at 4:01 PM

This report has to be a misprint.

or maybe, it’s because The One isn’t formally sworn in yet.

notagool on November 26, 2008 at 4:03 PM

May God help India, we have good customers and vendors in Mumbai, they all need our prayers.

And we’ll be praying for you too Allah.

Zorro on November 26, 2008 at 4:03 PM

gridlock2 on November 26, 2008 at 3:44 PM

Eerie. And probably accurate.

fiscallyconservative on November 26, 2008 at 4:05 PM

Puritan1648 on November 26, 2008 at 3:55 PM

Oh, lets see… the first time I was shot at by an Islamist was in Lebanon, in 83…. so I’ve only been paying attention for 25 years I guess…

Europe disarmed after the Cold War ended… and let us pay for their defense.

India and Pakistan watched the Islamic pestilance grow… hoping that they could stay out of it… while the Islamists targeted the US and Israel.

As I said, rest of the world stood by and watched as the threat grew… because they did not believe it was a threat to themselves…. and for the last 6 or so years they let us pretty much carry the fight.

Now? the best thing we could do is offer condolences to India, but stay out of it while THEY reap the rewards of their silence on Islamic terrorism.

Romeo13 on November 26, 2008 at 4:06 PM

Pelayo on November 26, 2008 at 3:58 PM
Romeo13 on November 26, 2008 at 3:58 PM

You guys are overly sensitive. My comment was not at all implying that there’s anything wrong with gun ownership.

Esthier on November 26, 2008 at 4:07 PM

All of a sudden everyone is thankful that President George W. “I will kick your ass” Bush is still in power for two more months and Mr. Obama, President Elect, the Office of is still trying to determine what questions he will answer and which ones he won’t………………..

Thank you fellow well informed American voters who wanted to vote chic………………..

……………………… Thank you very much. Welcome to the real world.

Seven Percent Solution on November 26, 2008 at 4:08 PM

A few big explosions and everyone assumes it was muslims. I’m betting Buddhists.

Cicero43 on November 26, 2008 at 3:08 PM

…well, the odds are rather in favor of it being Uncle Mohammed’s Misguided Children….

…still, for a minute there, I was flirting with the idea that it was actually Shriners…little woosified fez’s…overweight merchants and professionals, riding about throwing bombs from their little mini-bikes…intricately weaving in and out…tassels flying….

…it’s comforting to imagine Shriners misbehaving at the bottom of all this…the idea of lean, sinewy young fanatics, resolved to die in the midst of murder for an abstraction…and their younger brothers and cousins being readied for further outrages by madrassahs financed by our Saudi “allies” and enabled by our own government’s bumbling, stupidity and ill-placed indulgence….

…now, that is really frightening….

Puritan1648 on November 26, 2008 at 4:09 PM

Prayers for the victims.

AZCoyote on November 26, 2008 at 4:11 PM

AZCoyote on November 26, 2008 at 4:11 PM

Yup.

Achilles on November 26, 2008 at 4:14 PM

My son-in-law has aunts, uncles, and cousins in Mumbai. The Islamic world better thank their false god that people like me could never be elected President. We’ve been catering to these creatures and giving in to their demands too long; it’s time to stop fooling around. The next foot bath I hear of being built in this country, I’m going to . . .

Pelayo on November 26, 2008 at 4:16 PM

I am worried. Biden warned that there will be something big that will test Obambi and that we have to “gird our loins.”

Oh crap.

Thank you to all the damn drones who’ve gone Hollyweird and complacent.

We’re screwed.

Thank God for President Bush and VP Dick Cheney. Man, Obama is not someone we know will be strong. He is an unknown quantity.
At least Hillary seems hawkish. Still, there is no certainty what the hell this new administration will do.

jencab on November 26, 2008 at 4:16 PM

Will these Christians never stop?

Bishop on November 26, 2008 at 4:16 PM

CNN IBN just said they got an email from the deccan mujahideen claiming responsibility

offroadaz on November 26, 2008 at 4:16 PM

Obama and Biden:

“GIRD YOUR LOINS!!”

Obama… ummh, ahhhh, uuuuuh…. Present?

Whereas Bush…

“Wanted: Dead or Alive”

Enjoy the next 8 years folks, it’s going to suck, long and hard and Monica is not near the Whitehouse this time.

James on November 26, 2008 at 4:16 PM

The cancer continues to spread.

The Indian Mujahideen is a home grown Indian Islamic terror group wanting all the same stupid shit Islam wants everywhere–assimilate or die.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_Mujahideen

The Borg continues, yet we allow them to immigrate all over the world spreading like cancer cells. Then we all act shocked when they metastize and kill us. Go figure.

patrick neid on November 26, 2008 at 4:16 PM

BTW, if you HAVEN’T gotten yourself an evil black rifle yet, now may be the time; give yourself a fighting chance when the time comes.

Bishop on November 26, 2008 at 4:17 PM

Irony.
Mocking Palin , MSM miss the real carnage in the background.

the_nile on November 26, 2008 at 4:17 PM

horrible. one day the Indian government is gonna throw caution to the wind and attack Pakistan, yeah I know most of the attacks are homegrown, but is it that much of a leap for India to conclude that having Islamic Terror groups grow in Pakistan is causing them to grow in India?

rob verdi on November 26, 2008 at 4:19 PM

I’m suprised something like this hasn’t happened already, especially here (USA). It’s cheap and difficult to detect before it’s done. All you need is people crazy enough to carry it out.

Harpoon on November 26, 2008 at 3:09 PM

You will see it after January 20th.

President Bush understood that the only two things that these Islamofascist terrorists understand is violence and overwhelming use of force. They have not dared attack us since 9/11 because they know that President Bush would come after them and kill them. All of them.

These Islamofascists know they have a supporter in Barak Obama and in the Democrats so they will be more then happy to wait for two months. All Obama would do is make some speech that would give Chrissy Matthews a tingle up his leg about how we should just lie down and take it because we “deserve it”. Nancy Pelosi and assorted Democratic congresscritters would fly over there personally and prostitute themselves to these people just like they have been doing for the last two years. Obama’s BFF Bill Ayres would probably just pop the cork off a bottle of champagne and make a toast to those valiant “freedom fighters” and wistfully wish he had been out there “fighting against the Great Satan” with them.

Nahanni on November 26, 2008 at 4:19 PM

patrick neid on November 26, 2008 at 4:16 PM

Continuing with the Borg reference, when will the west and the non-muslims finally draw a line in the sand and refuse to budge?

Bishop on November 26, 2008 at 4:20 PM

Shut Gitmo?

rob verdi on November 26, 2008 at 4:20 PM

BTW, if you HAVEN’T gotten yourself an evil black rifle yet, now may be the time; give yourself a fighting chance when the time comes.

Bishop on November 26, 2008 at 4:17 PM

I just finished my qualifying for a Tennessee handgun carry permit, next comes the application.

Pelayo on November 26, 2008 at 4:20 PM

I’ve heard several reports of hostages. In that case, I’m hoping police storm the building soon before another Beslan happens. Inaction only gave the terrorists plenty of time to plant explosives and hurt as many as possible. And if 7 places were attacked at the same time, these aren’t amateurs.

Canadian Infidel on November 26, 2008 at 4:20 PM

The terrorists are now targeting the Jewish neighborhoods in Mumbai according to IBN.

Nahanni on November 26, 2008 at 4:21 PM

I just finished my qualifying for a Tennessee handgun carry permit, next comes the application.
Pelayo on November 26, 2008 at 4:20 PM

Welcome to the dark side, brother, I’ve been a proud CC permit holder here in Minnesota for five years now. I can’t and won’t trust the gubmint to protect me and mine, I can do it myself.

If anyone has been paying attention, AR’s, ammo and magazines are drying-up like a puddle in the Sahara; the message is clear.

Bishop on November 26, 2008 at 4:25 PM

Romeo13 on November 26, 2008 at 4:06 PM

…first of all, blogs and plaintext are poor vehicles for discussion, inasmuch as nuance is impossible, and this leads to it being applied where it might not’ve been intended…things are personalized where they may have been stated generally…and it is easy to be offended…and offensive….

…we either don’t reply to one another or we go ahead, risking offense….

…we can no longer rely on the establishment press, the judgment of our leaders or on the impartial intellectual scrutiny of academia…so blogs are all we have…sad to say….

…I’ve been watching as these self-justifying thugs, and their enablers on the left — who hope to profit by the West’s chaos — since the ’67 war…before then, being 12 years old or younger, I was more interested in threat posed by the Nazis and Japanese…I watched less news then, and more war movies, you see….

…but, for the last 40 or so years, including service in and about the military for about 35 of those, I’ve been keeping an eye on Islamism and the world’s reaction to it…and have come to one conclusion: bullies push and push until they run into their first ass-whuppin’…then, the braver bullies regroup and bully some more…while the others skulk…but, once a bully, always a bully….

…bullies come in all sizes. Chihuahuas have been known to pick on pit bulls…and get away with it. Yap-yap-yap, and the bigger dog never thinks that a clamp of the jaws and the problem’s solved…and dinner’s served.

…these guys just have to keep feeding youngsters into the meat-grinder and, taking all the casualties, it’s the targets of their suicidal attention who are worn down. Civilized people, so called, can only take so much carnage before they call “enough”….

…sure glad I’m not civilized….

…how to stop these bullies? Well, it isn’t to sit back and allow an ally, even a bad one, to get bloodied. One way to do it is to show the buggers that you’re willing to kill each and every “martyr” they send into your sights. Some will get through and do their dirty work, but — if you’re organized, networked and clever — they’ll get their martyrdom without having to bloody their hands.

…it also helps to cut them off from home base, and to counter-terrorize, offering them and their families more profitable options…or death if they continue their foolishness….

…it’s a bad business, this asymetrical warfare stuff…and, once engaged, it’s noisy, expensive and nasty…but losing is worse….

…imagine: them in charge….

Puritan1648 on November 26, 2008 at 4:26 PM

The Deccan Mujahideen is previously unheard of apparently, but Deccan could refer to the Deccan plateau in India. It derives from a word meaning “south”.

amerpundit on November 26, 2008 at 4:27 PM

The global clash continues….

blatantblue on November 26, 2008 at 4:28 PM

So, it begins.
And Barack, is he hiding under a desk somewhere?

HornetSting on November 26, 2008 at 4:28 PM

I just hope that if the terrorists are caught, they aren’t forced to sleep naked or kept in a cell with the lights on 24/7, that would be terrible.

Bishop on November 26, 2008 at 4:29 PM

If Pakistan is involved, considering that the terrorists are targeting Americans, this is an act of war against the United States.

Realist on November 26, 2008 at 4:30 PM

At that point, we’ll have bigger things to worry about than gun free zones, but we’ll also probably be at war.

Esthier on November 26, 2008 at 4:00 PM

Remember 9/11? We are at war.

It’s only a matter of time until the front moves to Main Street USA.

fogw on November 26, 2008 at 4:33 PM

But, but… I thought we were loved by the world now.

faraway on November 26, 2008 at 4:34 PM

I just hope that if the terrorists are caught, they aren’t forced to sleep naked or kept in a cell with the lights on 24/7, that would be terrible.

Bishop on November 26, 2008 at 4:29 PM

Or, or, they aren’t forced to stand with a hood over their head, or forced to get naked and take pictures, or threatened by a snarling dog……
These sh*tbirds need to be tortured until their eyes bleed. Then, take out their male family members before they can “avenge” the death.

But, oh no, we are shutting down Gitmo. I think we need to send all the “precious” terrorists to Obama’s old Chicago neighborhood. They evidently have NO PROBLEM living next to a terrorist, ie William “p*ssy” Ayers.

HornetSting on November 26, 2008 at 4:34 PM

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