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Terrorism in Mumbai

Wednesday, November 26, 2008 by Dave Winer.

A picture named mumbai.jpgA terrorist attack in Mumbai is on the other side of the world, but it's all surprisingly connected. India and Pakistan are constant bitter enemies. Both are nuclear powers. Pakistan may be on the verge of becoming a failed state. Their new PM is the widower of a recently assassinated leader and the Taliban, which is encamped in tribal areas near the Afghan border, are wielding more power in Pakistan. There's fear they might get control of one or more of Pakistan's nukes. Permalink to this paragraph

Also camped out in the tribal areas are Al Qaeda, and if he's still alive, almost for sure Osama bin Laden. Permalink to this paragraph

Meanwhile, the Taliban are patiently fighting the US and its allies to regain control of Afhanistan, and they're winning. Our puppet, Karzai wants to negotiate with them. I wonder why? (Perhaps he'd like to live to old age?) Permalink to this paragraph

On Afghanistan's western border is Iran. An oil giant, and for sure a country you need no introduction to.  Permalink to this paragraph

So it's not that many steps, chaotic ones, from an attack in Mumbai, which probably is somehow connected to Pakistan and the Taliban, to nukes in Pakistan, and oil in the Middle East. Permalink to this paragraph

Update: Incredible flow from Mumbai on Twitter this evening. Permalink to this paragraph


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