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November 27th, 2008 - 1:06 pm

Shloky follows the the Mubai attacks on Twitter, which Pundita describes as Web 2.0 coming into its own. Shlok Vaidya is currently the Energy Security Analyst with the Center for Terrorism Research at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies. Here are some of the entries on the page.

Just done with a major outlet interview in DFW, back on a flight, in Austin in an hour. about 3 hours ago from TwitterBerry
Several interviews lined up on this topic over the next couple days. One TV potential tonight. Been helping response to some small degree. about 4 hours ago from TwitterBerry
#mumbai If the cargo ship is true, it was sloppy and from and old era of terrorism. Points to legacy thinkers – governments, major org etc about 4 hours ago from TwitterBerry
#mumbai Just off phone with an ACP in Mumbai. Told him same as I tell you – I think its going to be over soon and not as bad as potential. about 4 hours ago from TwitterBerry
#mumbai The boats ridden into the bay were launched from a cargo ship. MV Alpha is primary suspect. about 4 hours ago from TwitterBerry
#mumbai NSG is finishin up operations. about 4 hours ago from TwitterBerry
Flying until mid-day. about 10 hours ago from TwitterBerry
#mumbai Hostages were a byproduct. Arguably because the escape vector was shutdown. If they were the focus, there would be more and sooner. about 10 hours ago from TwitterBerry
#mumbai I don’t suspect the hostages were part of the plan. No demands, and thus far no catastrophic second order events. about 10 hours ago from TwitterBerry
#mumbai If you want to understand the full scope and context of this attack, read www.naxaliterage.com about 15 hours ago from web
#mumbai Operations are in full swing. Simultaneously across three major points. Tear gas in Narmin, 4′th floor. about 16 hours ago from web
#mumbai Ugh. No one’s trying to shut down #mumbai except for a few overzealous supporters. Keep twittering if you want, don’t if you don’t. about 16 hours ago from web
#mumbai If you want to understand the full scope and context of this attack, read www.naxaliterage.com . about 16 hours ago from web
#mumbai Karkare wasn’t assassinated. Any terrorist claims to that are information operations designed to pump up their achievements. about 16 hours ago from web
#mumbai Taj has been cleared of noncombatants. about 16 hours ago from web
#mumbai Then a crescendo of gunfire, flashbangs, smoke grenades. IF executed successfully, it will be rapid, loud, and very short. about 16 hours ago from web
#mumbai It will be slow and boring for the next short time period. Sporadic gunfire. Ambulances running in and out. about 16 hours ago from web
#mumbai Media blackout. What that means: NSG are clearing rooms. Police are taking out prisoners and hostages. This ends pretty soon. about 16 hours ago from web
#mumbai Timing’s about correct. They’re creeping in. Police will start hauling hostages out. NSG will keep going in. about 16 hours ago from web
#mumbai This isn’t a result of Mumbai being a complex powderkeg. This is an attempt to take advantage of that dynamic. about 16 hours ago from web

The future of original journalism is the bystander with the video enabled cellphone, not Dan Rather. But John Batchelor has been following another revolutionary aspect of the the Mumbai attack, whose characteristics will be evident from the Twitter Stream: the use of what he calls the Murder Raid.

The scale of the attacks is the news. Coordinated, cocky, racist and classist, now making war on the five star hotels and transportation centers (above Chattrapati Shivaji Railway terminus), singling out American and British passport holders for slaughter, in order to strike at India’s confidence of its place in the world of great states. … Moslem-born killers. A bystander emphasizes they looked like “boys.” The twitter service report, and the flickr stream pics, shows that the massive city, tens of millions of people, major communications and transportation systems, is shut down, compromised, paralyzed in the dark. Crowds gathered in the streets in wonder, fear, frustration (right). It is daylight soon and the clean-up and hunt will begin again, and also the on-going hostage events at hotels and hospitals must be resolved.

Could this happen to New York, or Washington, or Los Angeles? We all know the answer, not if but when. And if it happens to Mumbai, it happens to all of us. My cynicism tonight makes me measure that this is not about stopping the IJ, this is about making the next IJ attack more difficult. And also making the comparable AQ attack aimed at Paris or London or New York or Chicago more difficult. Still, a murder raid, pure savagery, and shocking in its way to a world that had thought in the crash of all markets that it was beyond shocks.

“Could this happen to New York, or Washington, or Los Angeles?” Not very successfully if a substantial percentage of the population were armed. The US Constitution was written at a time when the frontier existed and you could find the murder raiders coming at any time of the day or night. Then the forest primeval was at the doorstep. Now, in a strange evolution created by hyper-civilization — the advent of air travel, globalization and political correctness –the forest primeval may once again be right outside your hotel door. Meet your new neighbors, the “teenage gunmen”. It’s too bad the concepts embodied by Second Amendment are now too distasteful for modern men of discriminating taste.  The rise of terrorism is a failure of civilization. A splintering of the Shield of Achilles. But in the jungle it is better to give than to recieve.

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