Sunday, November 30, 2008

Mumbai On My Mind

The next time you consider that you local neighborhood police are too, how shall I say this, police-like..keep this in mind, at least they will use their guns when necessary.

From the Belfast Telegraph
Mumbai photographer: I wish I'd had a gun, not a camera. Armed police would not fire back

From Sebatstian D'Souza, the photographer who took this photo

But what angered Mr D'Souza almost as
much were the masses of armed police hiding in the area who simply
refused to shoot back
. "There were armed policemen hiding all
around the station but none of them did anything,"
he said. "At one
point, I ran up to them and told them to use their weapons. I said, 'Shoot them,
they're sitting ducks!' but they just didn't shoot back."
The militants returned inside the station
and headed towards a rear exit towards Chowpatty Beach. Mr D'Souza added: "I
told some policemen the gunmen had moved towards the rear of the station but
they refused to follow them. What is the point if having policemen with
guns if they refuse to use them? I only wish I had a gun rather than a

Then we have this from
Doctors shocked at hostage's torture

Doctors working in a hospital where all the bodies,
including that of the terrorists, were taken said they had not seen anything
like this in their lives.
"Bombay has a long history of terror. I have seen
bodies of riot victims, gang war and previous terror attacks like bomb blasts.
But this was entirely different. It was shocking and disturbing," a doctor
Asked what was different about the victims of the incident, another
doctor said: "It was very strange. I have seen so many dead bodies in my life,
and was yet traumatised. A bomb blast victim's body might have been torn apart
and could be a very disturbing sight. But the bodies of the victims in this
attack bore such signs about the kind of violence of urban warfare that I am
still unable to put my thoughts to words," he said.
Asked specifically if he
was talking of torture marks, he said: "It was apparent that most of the
dead were tortured.
What shocked me were the telltale signs showing
clearly how the hostages were executed in cold blood," one doctor said.
other doctor, who had also conducted the post-mortem of the victims,
said: "Of all the bodies, the Israeli victims bore the maximum torture
marks. It was clear that they were killed on the 26th itself. It was obvious
that they were tied up and tortured before they were killed. It was so bad that
I do not want to go over the details even in my head again," he

(Hat tip Instapundit)

Finally, Harry Fenton who blogs on Linda Grant's The Thoughtful Dresser had to fly to Mumbai after hearing that his son and his son's girlfriend were in the Taj hotel when it was under attack.
Here is their story from the Guardian.
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