A Candle in the Dark

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Terror in Mumbai by Dan Reed

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You should watch this revealing documentary by Dan Reed on the recent Mumbai terror attacks. From the Mirror,

Dan Reed’s exhaustively researched film builds up a chilling, detailed picture, using CCTV footage, survivors’ testimonies and from police on the scene – who, with their outdated rifles, were powerless to stop the gunmen.

As compelling as these accounts are, it’s the phone conversations between the gunmen and their controllers back in Pakistan – recorded by the Indian intelligence services and aired here for the first time – that are the most revealing.

I have a lot of emotions right now, but I’ll try to keep this short. The actual recorded telephone conversations and CCTV images are gruesome to watch, but highlight the complete lack of preparation our security forces had in tackling such an attack. There’s footage of atleast a dozen police officers running away in the train station together, instead of trying to fire at the terrorists.

It’s also almost surreal listening to the recorded conversations between the terrorists and their handlers, as they receive *live* instructions on where to attack and what to set on fire *after* getting into the hotel. Was this information even available during the counter-terrorism response? If this was known, why were live feeds of the security activities allowed to be broadcast by the TV networks? I can only hope that our security forces have learned a lot from this incident.

There’s also a conversation with Kasab which is shown, where the police questioner asks him about his motivations. It’s easy to label the terrorists as inhuman, and devoid of human emotion, but the religious conviction which they’ve been brainwashed with in order to justify their acts is incredibly sad to watch. The recorded telephone conversations show how they are repeatedly reminded by their handlers that they should not get arrested and should die, and that God will reward them. It’s going to be education, rationalism and literacy which can prevent such people from turning into terrorists.


Written by parseval

July 24, 2009 at 6:12 am

Posted in events, terrorism, videos

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  1. For every policeman who ran away, there are countless others that set examples worth following with their bravery.
    That we were unprepared can be explained simply by the fact that an attack of this type has never been carried out by non-military operators, and rarely so by military operators as well. Sayeret Matkal of the Israeli Defence Forces carried out what was probably the last documented assault of this kind, and this was back in 1973, in Beirut. Read up on Operation Spring of Youth.
    Shit happens, and that is the universal law of life. You can never plan enough. But does this mean that we’re entirely blameless? No.
    The NSG took 10 precious hours to get on the scene. For specialist operators to take this long to get on a scene which only they are trained to handle is criminal. Sadly, the same has happened earlier with the IC-814 hijacking as well.
    Mumbai is home to a large naval facility, and is home to the MARCOS. Since intelligence indicated that a large armed force was attacking the city, it is difficult to digest why ordinary policemen armed with ancient .303 rifles that probably haven’t been cleaned in months, let alone fired, were the first reaction force, when a more competent operator was available.
    The need of the hour is to have
    1)Transfer of authority from civilian forces to the military in events that endanger national security.
    2)A single agency to liaise with all relevant civilian and military operators in matters of national security.
    3)A dedicated transport squadron for the NSG.
    4)Alternatives to the NSG using units drawn from state police forces, based on the lines of SWAT and the HRT.


    November 16, 2009 at 8:45 am

  2. it is quite sad that most train stations these days are horrendously overloaded ::

    Biotin Dosage :

    October 31, 2010 at 12:21 am

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