Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Mumbai attacks kill 80, police shoot four gunmen

Mumbai attacks kill 80, police shoot four gunmen | By Rina Chandran | MUMBAI (Reuters) – "Gunmen killed at least 80 people in a series of attacks in India's commercial hub Mumbai and troops began moving into two luxury hotels on Thursday where foreign hostages were being held, local television said.

The attacks by small groups of gunmen armed with automatic weapons and grenades on the hotels and other sites in the city came amid state elections, including in Kashmir, and risk destabilizing the country ahead of national elections next year.

More insane killing. While killing is not a sane thing to do these kind of "terrorists" attacks just don't make any sense. At least not to me. I guess that's because I'm not an insane, irrational whack-job. Most of the time the people being killed in these attacks are the people who are supposedly being fought for by those doing the killing. Just look at the attacks in Iraq and other places around the world.

The problem, though, is how do you stop people joining these fanatical cults? Striking back doesn't work, just look at the Gaza strip. Ignoring them is a little better but doesn't lessen the violence all that much. What is needed is some way to get to the young people before the terrorist recruiters do. External forces don't work (e.g. Military or Governmental action) but neither does internal work (e.g. Social or Cultural action). It's takes community leaders, starting in the neighborhoods and working all the way up to National & International levels. No group or organization can really stop the madness. Only people can.

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