Friday, November 28, 2008

Sad News extends its sympathies to the people at Synchronicity in Virginia, and to the Lubavitcher community worldwide, who have lost loved ones and friends during this murderous assault in Mumbai.

For all the talk about targeting American, British, and Israeli citizens, it must be noted that so far as can be told from the current information, the two Synchronicity dead were killed in the initial assault at the Oberoi, when they were two of many who were unfortunate enough to be eating in the restaurant where the terrorists' bullets first struck. They were apparently not part of any special 'targeting'. No other Americans have been reported dead (so far), except the US/Israeli rabbi at the Chabad center. A British/Cypriot charter boat/yacht magnate was also killed, and several Israelis at the Chabad center. Several Australians, an Italian, and a Japanese natural gas businessman were also killed; possibly one from China and from Singapore as well, though that's very unclear at this chaotic point. Meanwhile some 90% of the dead were citizens of India, and South Mumbai is awash with British and Americans living there and doing business there. So if the terrorists were 'targeting certain foreigners', as reported in the press, they were dreadful at it. (Unless, as is likely, Hindi are 'foreigners' to them. But what do they care -- they're terrorists. More blood, more bombs, more fires, more fear. Which is the whole point.)

India must know that Americans are with them 100% on this. We need to make person-to-person contacts with those who we know from Mumbai, and let the immigrants and the students in the US know too. They do not stand alone.

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