Wednesday, September 25, 2013

25-Sep-13: Adjusting to post-Nairobi realities

Westgate Mall, Nairobi, this week
We can probably consider this report from India as a harbinger of how things are likely to be in other places too, now that the dust is settling in Nairobi after the horror of the last several days.
India warns Jewish groups to tighten security |  JTA September 25, 2013 | Amid a terror threat, Jewish establishments in India have been instructed by police to tighten security in and around their businesses. The call came following the interrogation of Indian Mujahideen co-founder Yasin Bhatkal by the National Investigation Agency in New Delhi, as well as in the wake of the Islamist attack on an upscale mall in Nairobi, Kenya.
According to New Delhi Television  (NDTV), Bhatkal told investigators that Jewish establishments in Mumbai have been surveyed by Indian Mujahideen members for possible terrorist strikes.  The Islamist militant group reportedly was trying to seize Jewish hostages to trade them for terrorists, the Hindustan Times reported.
Indian police called on Jewish establishments to hire security guards, install security cameras and issue ID cards for admittance to the businesses, according to NDTV. They also have been instructed to not allow parking around their buildings.
Thinking about the kind of terrorism about which the Indian authorities are warning as a Jewish or Israeli issue only would be a serious mistake. There are sixty lost Kenyan lives that testify to the stark reality of how highly-armed, highly-motivated hatred-driven terrorism works.

It ought to be clear, as well, that trying to figure out what the hatred is about is of limited help in preventing the terrorist outrages from happening again and again.

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