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Thursday, July 14, 2011

13/7 MUMBAI TERROR ATTACKS: India is a Powerless Easy Target Against Pakistan’s I.S.I.!

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Jul 14, 2011 6:43 AM EDT /

Mumbai Bombings

Why Mumbai Was Attacked

The latest terror strike, which killed 17 people on Wednesday, shows India is a powerless easy target against Pakistan’s military intelligence agency, says Brahma Chellaney. Plus, photos from the scene.

It is not a mere coincidence that Mumbai, India’s commercial hub, has repeatedly been struck by terrorists since 1993. Mumbai has become the favored target because the terrorist aim is to undermine India’s booming economy and its status as a rising power by rattling foreign investors and driving away tourists.
India’s economic rise has intersected with Pakistan’s descent into chaos. Each terror strike on Mumbai raises fresh international concerns about security in India and prompts a sizable number of foreign tourists to abandon or delay travel plans.
Undercutting India’s strength by repeatedly targeting its economic capital is a geopolitical objective that only a state sponsor of terrorism can seek to pursue, not street gangs, underworld figures, or local fundamentalists. And that sponsor—which made the mistake of leaving its marks on the three-day Mumbai terrorist siege in November 2008 that killed 166 people—is the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), Pakistan’s notorious military intelligence agency.
The latest explosions that ripped through Mumbai at the height of the evening rush may have had an additional objective behind them—to blunt international pressure to bring the Pakistan-based coordinators of the 2008 siege to justice. With India now saddled with another terrorist attack to investigate, the international profile of the 2008 siege is bound to decline.

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