It was a sobering experience. For starters, I had gotten there by taking the subway from Penn Station (since the line for taxis was very long), and the NY subway system was also under terrorist alert.
The Mumbai attack highlighted every country’s vulnerability. It brought to the surface the evil that aims to destroy all civilization, anywhere.
Mumbai, as a financial, tech support and medical tourism destination, was targeted because of an urban jihad waged against all of us who believe in freedom of expression, democracy, free enterprise and living in harmony. One of the first people killed was the chief anti-terrorist official.
Dr Walid Phares, who was on the phone with our panel yesterday described it as an “infantry attack”.
I resent the description I’m hearing today as a “tragedy”. Let me clarify terms here: a tragedy is when a young person dies unexpected from natural causes, when a person dies in an accident, when an earthquake kills innocent people in a building collapse. The Mumbai attack is not a “tragedy”; it is a criminal act of war through premeditated murder.
And by the way, Ellen Ratner, one of yesterday’s panelists, refused to credit the Bush administration for keeping us safe for the past seven years. I would like to ask, considering the porous borders, the persistence of jihadists, and the presence of organizations like Hezbollah in our own hemisphere, what would it take for her to give credit to the Bush administration for any lack of attacks on American soil, not only in the fifty states, Puerto Rico and Samoa, but on American land anywhere in the world?
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