Friday, November 28, 2008

Two British-born Pakistanis Among 8 Gunmen Seized in Mumbai

Commentary picked up on the fact that there may have been two British nationals from Pakistan who were among the perpetrators in Mumbai.  From the Telegraph:

Two British-born Pakistanis were among eight gunmen seized by Indian commandos who stormed buildings to free hostages, Vilasrao Deshmukh, the chief minister of Mumbai, reportedly said.

The Foreign Office earlier said it was investigating reports on NDTV, a local television news channel, that the terrorists - who swarmed luxury hotels and other tourist sites in the city - included "British citizens of Pakistani origin".

The development came as Gordon Brown called for international co-ordination to combat terrorism in the wake of the attacks. He said: "We have got to look at how international action against terrorism can be improved."

On the claim that Britons could have been among the perpetrators, he said: "I would not want to be drawn into early conclusions about this.

"Obviously when you have terrorists operating in one country, they may be getting support from another country or coming from another country, and it is very important that we strengthen the co-operation between India and Britain in dealing with these instances of terrorist attacks...."

If true, this lends weight to the argument that the war on terror is a global conflict tantamount to the early days of the cold war where spies and overt proponents of communism lived and wrecked havoc among the those attempting to live peaceably in the West.


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