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Terrorists stuck New Delhi this Saturday evening. Five bombs went off, within minutes of each other, in some of the most heavily frequented markets in the city. Three other bombs were successfully defused by the authorities. Over 18 people have been killed and over 90 have been injured.
I spent three decades of my life in New Delhi. It pains me tremendously to see some of my favorite places being bombed by terrorists. On behalf of myself and all liberty-loving people of the United States, I offer solemn prayers and solidarity to the families of those killed and hurt.

These blasts follow similar serial blasts in other major cities of India including Bangalore, Hyderabad, Jaipur and others. An outfit by the name of 'Indian Mujahideen' has taken responsibility for this attack, as well as for the previous attacks. The real nature of this outfit, and who supports them from within the country or outside the borders, has not yet been established.

This is sure to fuel urgency into the need to invest even more attention and resources to tackle the scourge of terrorism in India. No city of India is immune from these attacks that kill innocent civilians. Indian authorities have asked people to stay calm and avoid panic, as creating panic is the goal of the terrorists. These are low-tech locally made bombs that have been hidden in garbage cans and similar places in the markets, and then detonated simultaneously through timers. There is only so much one can do to prevent such attacks without clamping down heavily on unhindered movement in a free society. Everyone just needs to be much more vigilant though.

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Originally posted to Phylosoph on Sat Sep 13, 2008 at 10:22 AM PDT.

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  •  Sympathy, and anger (3+ / 0-)

    We spent a month in India in Jan. 2007, including several days in Delhi, which - in spite of the heavy pollution - is a fascinating city with exuberant people. I have nothing but sympathy and prayers for them, and nothing but anger for those who thinking nothing of destroying innocent life to further their cause, whatever it be.

    It is always easier to destroy than to create, to attack than to defend. These bombings are the work of lazy cowards who know they cannot sell their goals in the marketplace of ideas, so they think they can break our spirits instead, and by a combination of fear and ignorance impose their will.

    Not gonna happen.

    American foreign policy is NOT a Viagra substitute.

    by DanK Is Back on Sat Sep 13, 2008 at 10:29:51 AM PDT

  •  I know a lot of great people from India (1+ / 0-)
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    (I'm in a university town, so there's a lot of M.D.s and engineers here.) Of course there are great people in every part of the world.

    I am very sorry to hear of this. Terrorism does no one any good.

    Democrats promote the Common good. Republicans promote Corporate greed.

    by murasaki on Sat Sep 13, 2008 at 10:42:36 AM PDT

  •  There were two major earthquakes... (1+ / 0-)
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    one in Japan and one in Indonesia the other day, I looked in vein for info on them.  

    The media was too busy covering Palin thru 9-11, then they cut all media after the "service" venue the evening of 9-11 and it has been HURRICANE IKE ever since.

    I was hoping to get some commentary on Obama's performance at the service conference, but nothing.  That tells me that he made McCain look like the dodgey old fool he is.  Cut to Hurricane - quick.

    I'm out of work for the first time in 50 years, watching cable is a total mind melt.  It is no wonder to me that the majority of the population has no idea what the hell is going on around them.  Living in Colorado, the hurricane might have been vaguely interesting, but is has eaten up the news cycle for 2 days, they are still showing flood waters and damage and seem Oh So DISAPPOINTED that is wasn't another Katrina.

    Flipping thru the channels last night I was struck by how utterly stupid it is to have people out in a hurricane telling people they need to evacuate.  We are a country of mindless fools.  

  •  I too have spend a fair amount of time (0+ / 0-)

    in New Delhi and in Hamachal Pradesh.

    Which markets were targeted?

    New Delhi is a fascinating city, with wonderful people to meet and places to visit.

    It also has a lot of sad people and horrific living conditions for the poor.

    Poor or rich, my heart goes out to those who were injured, and to all those who live in fear of this kind of outrage.

    The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings. -- Julius Caesar, I.ii.

    by semiot on Sat Sep 13, 2008 at 10:57:52 AM PDT

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