Monday, May. 02, 2011

The Mumbai Attacks

In the wake of Osama Bin Laden's death, the Indian government issued a press release calling for increased pressure on Pakistanis to deal with the terrorists given sanctuary on their soil. India, of course, has good reason to complain about this. Most notoriously, militants in the employ of jihadi outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba, which has ties to al-Qaeda, launched a daring, horrifying raid on the Indian metropolis of Mumbai, slipping into the city after hijacking a fishing trawler. Then, they launched a stunning series of attacks on some of the city's most glamorous hotels and landmarks, killing 164 people in a bloody day-long standoff in November 2008 that plunged India into grief and triggered a diplomatic crisis between India and its longtime rival, Pakistan — tensions that may resurface following the successful U.S. raid.