The terrorist attacks in Mumbai last week were the first large scale terror events since 9/11. By that I mean not in death toll but for the reason that it took a lot of planning and organization by the group terror group LeT. This is just another event in the ongoing feud between Pakistan and India that has had on and off hostilities for the better part of a century now. The attack was fulfilled by a handful of men with small arms and grenades. They were trained vigorously in both physical aspects and strategy in order to pull this off. This article out of the New York Times discusses the outrage of India’s citizens. They have feelings closely related the feelings American’s had shortly after the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. Experts are saying this may signal a new time for terrorist activities around the world. While this attack certainly took a lot of time to plan and needed a lot of money to pull it off, it didn’t necessarily require resources that would be hard to get for the terrorists.
Although these aren’t the same terrorists that are trying to weaken American, this is still a bad situation because there will be plenty of “copycats” attempting to pull off a similar attack. While I do believe that the United States military and security forces are greatly superior to India police, there is always a chance of something like this slipping through the cracks in intelligence. Even if it weren’t as well organized, this is relatively simple operation carried out by just a few people. My question is whether or not Pakistan will give up the members of LeT or refuse to extradite them to India to stand trial.