This is coolbert:
The news today from India, of course, is grim!!
The ongoing terrorist attacks on Mumbai continue.
The villains have yet to be routed. Situation still unclear in many aspects. It does not look good! Expect the final casualty toll to go much higher!
"Mumbai rocked by deadly attacks"
"Gunmen have carried out a series of co-ordinated attacks across the Indian city of Mumbai (Bombay), killing at least 80 people and injuring 200 more."
"At least seven high-profile locations were hit in India's financial capital, including two luxury hotels where hostages were reported to be held."
The scale of these attacks is especially audacious. Seven coordinated GROUND attacks simultaneously IS TOTALLY UNPRECEDENTED??!!
Previous terrorist-linked attacks in Mumbai or other Indian cities were of the bombing variety ONLY? A bomb or series of bombs were detonated, remotely or otherwise, BUT GROUND ATTACK WAS NOT PART OF THE EQUATION?
At least until NOW!
The choice of hotels in the high-price, upscale part of Mumbai was carefully thought out too? Especially hotels that are generally the favorites of well-to-do foreign tourists or businessmen.
Hotels in particular make anti-terrorist and hostage-rescue operations next to impossible. So many places to hide and so many persons to identify as friend/foe make the job very difficult at best. Lot of chances for friendly-fire accidents may occur if and when [already has been done?] anti-terrorist commando units go into action!
The bad-guys had to have had a lot of support on the ground. And planned this escapade for some time. The government of India is going to hear a lot of recriminations about this.
This story is still unfolding as we speak. More later!