After the onslaught of terror in the September 11 terrorist attacks, citizens worldwide have been reminded of the shocking “Age of Terrorism” in which we all live in.
The United States has gone seven years without any major terrorist attacks within American soil and with Obama’s promise to withdraw American troops from Iraq by 2010, citizens are slowly beginning to distance themselves from the horrors of terrorism. But that easiness will be put into question as the Obama administration will face its international crisis in the Mumbai terrorist attacks.
On Wednesday, November 26, terrorists initiated a series of attacks that devastated Mumbai, India’s financial stronghold. Iconic landmarks including the Taj Mahal Palace were afflicted with shootings and bombings, killing at least 125 people and injuring 327 others. Indian natives have described the terrorist attackers as “foreign looking” and “fair skinned.”
The inadvertent initiation of racial profiling has subconsciously caused anyone who dons a turban, dark skin, or Middle Eastern features to be quickly held into suspicion.
However, these recent attacks have shown that the Islamic terrorist network is not limited to a local profile. The popularity of these networks stretch across Europe to Asia, attracting men and women who are willing to fight and die for extremist causes. These attacks are a gripping reminder that terrorism is significant beyond American borders and that the heinous crime is beyond the Taliban and al Qaeda.
To many Americans, these international attacks may seem distant and unimportant. They may even be a source of reassurance in knowing that America is no longer being targeted for terrorist attacks.
However, if anything, the attacks on Mumbai are a frightening warning of the frequency of terrorism. As a country and as a significant world power, we may be affected at any given time. How prepared will we be when these attacks do finally occur and when our guard is down?
This opinion was written by Leslie Wu. The views of this author do not reflect the views of the Temple City Voice or its staff. It was published on December 3, 2008.