Thursday, July 13, 2006

Mumbai bombings.

I read some more today about the bombings in Mumbai that happened on Tuesday evening. This is India's 7/11 and the death toll has now reached over 200 from the 7 bombs that exploded on packed commuter trains within 10 minutes of the first explosion. This attack bears the hallmarks of al-Qaida and the finger of suspicion is pointing at Lashkar-e-Toiba, a Pakistan-based militant islamic group, and the "D Company", a politicised mafia gang that is believed to have been behind co-ordinated bombings in Mumbai in 1993. Police have openly accused Lashkar, which denies it was involved. This whole story is shocking and fills me with great sadness. What has the world come to? When will this madness stop and what can we do to lessen the chance of a tragedy like this happening again?

The problems of Kashmir have gone on for years, yet the people of Mumbai have suffered for a problem not on their doorstep. They held no influence over the problems of Kashmir yet they have paid dearly with their lives. We appear to have no
influence with our government who have pledged to send more troops to Afghanistan to back up their military campaign. Afghanistan bears no threat to us in the UK but our government insists in interferring in their country. Our government does not learn from history when we have lost wars in the past in Afghanistan long before the Afghans sent the Russians fleeing from the occupation of their country. What would stop sympathisers of the Afghan struggle from mounting a terrorist attack on our railway network at peak times in the UK? Very little can stop them I am afraid and sending more of our troops to Afghanistan only adds fuel to the fire. Our government in it's War on Terror has I believe increased the risk of a terrorist attack on our shores, not just from copy cat actions but fundamentalists who view martyrdom as a way forward out of the world's problems.
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