The attack on Mumbai is providing a lot of lessons for a lot of folks. We can only hope that some of them may be learned rather than ignored.
For instance, right at the onset we got reports that the targets were American and British passport holders; tourists and business people visiting the thriving metropolitan economic and cultural center of India. We’re spring-loaded by our own media to believe that everyone in the world hates us. (…because of the failed Bush policies, of course.) Then the bodies started showing up and they weren’t Caucasian. Lesson: terrorists are equal opportunity destroyers. No one is immune.
Then, we have been propagandized to believe that Islam is a peaceful religion and simply because we see a few hundred random examples of horrific terrorist attacks we shouldn’t automatically create a linkage. Oops, these guys are Muslims again! Page through the morning paper and check out what other areas are on fire today. Nigeria? Check. Muslims? Check. How about those pesky pirates? You know those modern day Jack Sparrows in djellabahs and Kalashnikovs. Somali? Check. Muslims? You bet! Anywhere you find, if you read the whole story you will encounter the “peaceful” adherents of the teaching of the Prophet aggressively seeking to apply the latest fatwa to the Infidels. Learn the lesson.
How about this one:
The Fallacy of Expecting Police Action
How many shootings/hostage-takings have we seen the SWAT team arrive in their snazzy black outfits, their cool black boots, their chic knit balaclavas, their fully tricked-out AR-15s, their belts festooned with gadgetry and gimmicks galore, only to cluster behind their vehicles drinking Starbuck’s and making cell phone calls to negotiate. No storming of doors, no room-to-room invasions, no dramatic swoop downs and rescues, nope. What we get is caution and waiting for the shooting to stop from inside the buildings. That, of course, can only mean that the terrorists are either finished with their work, or out of ammunition. But it insures that more people will die.
Lesson: there is only one immediate defense when the defecation hits the oscillating air circulating device in your vicinity. It is what you’ve brought with you and your own willingness to fight for your survival. Hiding, cowering, whimpering and waiting for the arrival of the cavalry is futile.