Modi made some valid points.
1. This looks like an international issue. They have aimed at foreigners. They are extremely well trained. Let me add, this is not a bunch of home grown misguided violent youth, like in the 2001 Parliament attack, this is worse than both a war and a terror attack.
2. 'This looks like war. Again I would say this is a far worse attack than the Kargil infiltration. And yes all these cases do indicate our various governements total failure to keep us safe.
One small point. Modi has announced one Crore for ATS Chief Karkare, called him a martyr!! Just recently wasn't he heard lambasting him for accusing a Sadhwi in Malegaon blasts? Why this sudden changeofheart!
The truth behind Blame Games.
Some bloggers are talking about how well BJP would have handled this situation, or how they would have never allowed it to happen!
Modi and Advani were very much in power during the Kargil War, Parliament Attack and IC-814 hijacking ... so don't, at this emotional and stressful time be led to believe, that there are any short cuts to a safer India.
Let us never get fooled into believing that Modi or Advani or Raj Thakre can be our saviours.
The Only Thing That Will Work.
Remember when two French journalists were kidnapped by a small terrorists group (Al Jazeera) in Aug 2004? They wanted Muslim girls in France to be allowed to wear scarves to schools in return of the journalists' lives?
Did the French government think of votes and give in to the demands? NO. The French government said "Go hop." The kidnappers released the journalists after four months. Why didn't we show such courage after IC814 hijack?
We sowed the seeds for this during the IC814 negotiations, and are still reaping the rewards :(
We need to give a clear and strong message to all terrorists, simply, that we do not give in.
And, finally, what is not needed.
Fighting for identity votes. If leaders had made sure that the intelligence sources, ATS (was the ATS Chief killed so unexpectedly because he had become a threat?) and the Security Forces are allowed to work without political intervention.
Don't you think we were so divided any fool could see this as an opportunity? What else have we bloggers been ranting about?
And are we forgetting (again?) THAT THOSE WHO DO NOT LEARN FROM HISTORY ARE CONDEMNED TO REPEAT IT.
Raj Thakre has disappeared ever since his Z security has been demoted to Y security. Not even this could bring him out.
Modi walks around flanked by security personel, while the young soldiers and thousands of us, as much at risk, have no security.
Advani has been told categorically by Shobha De, echoing every Mumbaikar's thoughts, to stay away.
Man Mohan Singh should borrow Obama's speech writer.
(Maybe I should edit this bit - I am realising I prefer a practical worker any day to a charismatic leader. I would rather live, than be entertained.)
Where are Lalu, Rahul, Omar Abdullah, Sonia .... and their respective speech writers?
There's a void here. We need inspiring leadership. And if somebody good does not turn up, some crook with ulterior motives (votes) will.