Saturday, November 29, 2008

A Reminder of World War IV

Dont' miss this essay at Powerline, "Thinking About Mumbai: India's Test":

If Al Qaeda and its terrorist allies wanted to serve a reminder that they declared World War IV on the civilized world (to borrow Norman Podhoretz's formulation), they did so this week when they brazenly attacked the epicenter of the world's fastest-growing economy, targeting Westerners and assassinating key enforcers of the anti-terror law enforcement network in Mumbai, India.

The terrorist attacks on India's commercial center, the bustling 19 million person city of Mumbai (formerly known as Bombay), must serve as a wake-up call to a lethargic and infighting Indian government that has thus far failed to respond aggressively to a series of deadly attacks on Indian soil. Indeed, in over a dozen attacks on India over the past four years, no nation except Iraq has lost more of its people to terrorist attacks. And no less than the battle for Iraq, the battle for India must be won if civilized, democratic, free market economies are to triumph over terrorists.

Sadly, the Indian government has failed its own people in this battle because of infighting, political corruption, and a failure of courageous leadership. But given India's exploding economy -- with an astonishing average growth rate of 8% over the past four years -- in a nation that is soon to be the most populous country in the world, Indian leaders can no longer underestimate the threat terrorists pose to India's security and prosperity. The Indian government must take aggressive action to ensure security on the ground, develop a legal framework to prevent future attacks, and create regional alliances to be a true global partner in the long-term war on terror.
There's more at the link.

2 comments:

Grace Explosion said...
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Donald Douglas said...

Thanks Grace Explosion!