Saturday, November 29, 2008

The siege at Mumbai is over

This terrorist attack took sixty hours to end and cost the lives of over 190 innocent civilians.
MUMBAI, India (AP) - Indian commandos killed the last remaining gunmen holed up at a luxury Mumbai hotel Saturday, ending a 60-hour rampage through India's financial capital by suspected Islamic militants that left more than 150 people dead and rocked the nation.

Orange flames and black smoke engulfed the landmark 400-room Taj Mahal hotel after dawn Saturday as Indian forces ended the siege in a hail of gunfire, just hours after elite commandos stormed a Jewish center and found six hostages dead.

More than 150 people were killed and several hundred wounded in the violence that started when more than a dozen assailants attacked 10 sites across Mumbai Wednesday night. Fifteen foreigners were among the dead.

"The Taj operation is over. The last two terrorists holed up there have been killed," Mumbai Police Chief Hasan Ghafoor told The Associated Press. J.K. Dutt, director general of India's elite National Security Guard commando unit, told reporters outside the hotel that his forces would continue to search and clear the hotel. Link here.

I shudder to imagine this happening in the downtown area of one of our largest cities. How would Obama(a man who has never fired a gun) respond? Would he treat it as a criminal act and try to apprehend the killers. Then, their lawyers could get them off on a technicality. Would he treat them as enemy combatants and let them rot in Guantanamo until we could arrange their execution? You know the answer and it should make you angry.

Here are some pictures.

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