Saturday, November 29, 2008

29-Nov-08: In the aftermath of the Mumbai carnage

This tragedy will be with us for a long time to come. So too its lessons.
Mumbai Terrorist Siege Over, India Says
MUMBAI, India — The full scope of the horror and desperation of the terrorist attack on Mumbai began to come into focus on Saturday after Indian commandos finally took control of the last nest of resistance. Government officials said Saturday afternoon that the death toll had risen to 162 and was likely to rise again. They also said 283 people had been wounded. Most of the dead were apparently Indian citizens, but at least 18 foreigners were killed and 22 had been injured, said Vilasrao Deshmukh, the chief minister of Maharashtra State. At least five Americans were believed to have died in the attacks.

Nine Israelis killed in Mumbai attacks: ministry
JERUSALEM (AFP) — Nine Israelis were killed in the attacks by Islamist militants that caused carnage in the Indian commercial capital Mumbai, a foreign ministry spokesman said on Saturday. "Eight bodies have been identified as being those of Israelis, some of them with dual Israeli and US nationality," the spokesman said. "All eight were killed in Chabad House," said Yigal Palmor, referring to a Jewish cultural centre that was stormed by Indian commandos on Friday. "A ninth victim has been identified by a relative, but initial information suggests that this person was not in Chabad House, and was not on the list of missing persons," he added. Palmor said another four Israelis remain unaccounted for.
The Mumbai tragedy has many dimensions. Those who concern themselves with this kind of matter will be analyzing what happened for a long time to come.

Right now, we think it's notable that the BBC, the world's most important and influential source of news, manages to report on the national origins of all the Mumbai victims without mentioning Israelis - the largest group by number - at all.

In its main report - which may change by the time you click to view it - the BBC counts the foreign victims this way:
"Most of the dead and the 295 injured are Indian citizens. At least 22 foreigners are known to have died, including victims from Germany, Japan, Canada, Australia, Italy, Singapore, Thailand and France. One Briton, Andreas Liveras, has been killed."
There's bound to be a rational, objective, fair-minded explanation.