I have no current news to add, other than to comment that holy shit are the amateur reporters owning this story. It’s all CNN and the New York Times can do to quote them, and basically send you to their websites. Check out wikipedia for a phenomenal, evolving description of this story. This attack is similar to 9/11 in worldwide scope to me, in part because of its far superior organization. 9/11 was 20 guys again Delta ticket agents. This is hundreds of well-armed men destroying the downtown center of the largest democracy in the world.
Further research about Mumbai (which of course used to be Bombay): It’s the financial capital of India with 13 million people. It’s the largest port in India, handling half of the trade volume and corresponding import taxes. It pays 40% of the nation’s income tax, with a population of 13 million in a sea of 800 million people. Mumbai scientists built India’s atomic bomb.
India is a much different nation than the U.S., and I’m sure Mumbai’s relationship with the rest of the country is far different as well.
Here’s some of my personal commentary about this event, as posted on New York Times: At this early stage of this story it is crucial not to jump to conclusions. But when we step back we see that this is a leftist group attacking India’s version of Wall Street, as Mumbai is the financial center and largest, richest port city, and in a very organized and dangerous way. We may need to soon consider that international terrorists has moved its war towards the financial crisis of 2008 as a rallying cry. This would be a replacement of earlier frustrations with American global military reach (eg. bases in Saudi Arabia). In this scenario, I wonder if the next step could be America’s cultural influence: where are the symbolic centers of McDonald’s and WalMart?