July 11, 2006

Echoes of London

CNN reports at least six blasts during the evening rush hour on commuter trains in India's financial capital of Mumbai:

At least six blasts have rocked commuter trains at rush hour in and around India's financial capital of Mumbai, with at least 15 deaths reported.

Dozens of people were injured in the blasts, which took place around 6:30 p.m. (1300 GMT) on Tuesday when the trains were packed with commuters making their way home.

A correspondent for CNN's sister network, CNN-IBN, reported seeing 15 bodies at the Matunga train station.

Video from one station showed people with blood on them being treated, other commuters carrying victims and some people lying motionless near train tracks.

At least one train was split in half by the explosion.

A major terrorist attack on a democracy's financial hub... must be those damn Methodists again.

Fox News is reporting seven bomb blasts.

The Bangkok Post is reporting that all the explosions took place in the first-class compartments of the trains.

Forbes, citing Indian television reports, states that dozens have been killed.

Based upon these breaking preliminary reports, I suspect the Mumbai bombers may have used similar explosives to the ten-pound TATP backpack bombs that hit London just over a year ago.

Pajamas Media is providing information as it comes in from Indian blogs and news reports, and seems to be ahead of the wire services. An Indian blogger, Deep Ganatra, is reporting at least 63 dead and 400 injured according to local television media reports.

As of 11:00 AM, CAIR remains focused on a Koran that someone shot up in Tennessee and then threw at a mosque.

Glad to see they have their priorities straight.

Update: A fleeting moment of honesty at the Democratic Underground:

Silence on this board stems from difficulty blaming this on George W. Bush.

That's the fact.

I'll pass on that $20 bet BTW, but I still think we should invade Canada.

Have faith, little liberal.

Your fellow DUers were able to blame Bush for the terror attacks in London, so I'm sure you'll be able to get your thought together long enough find an excuse to blame him for these attacks as well.

Update: Deaths now reported as 130+, and is likely to climb with more than 300 injured. Indian Islamists have been arrested.

CNN-IBN reports another bomb has been found and defused.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at July 11, 2006 10:00 AM | TrackBack

Still, you have to take your honesty where you can get it in this world. Don't squash it, it's a fragile flower.

Posted by: Mr. Snitch! at July 11, 2006 11:03 AM

Bush isn't to blame for this. Mush might be.

Kashmiri separatists are likely behind it.

Posted by: Lint at July 11, 2006 11:05 AM

Drink enough of the kool-aid ("Tastes like Cindy Sheehan!") and you'll find that everything is about Bush.


Posted by: Scott Kirwin at July 11, 2006 11:11 AM

Rumsfeld was/is in Afghanistan. I'm sure that is close enough for the DU'ers to get a thread started.

Posted by: Dusty at July 11, 2006 11:20 AM

This is precisely the moment to take one of those CNN feel-good-about-Islam polls and ask the 64K question:

The train attacks in India were most likely the work

1- Christian fundamentalists
2- Orthodox Jews
3- Radical atheists
4- The Secret Dick Cheney Brigades
4- Muslims

Posted by: Frank at July 11, 2006 11:27 AM

Don't forget those failed missle launches by India. They just appeared more vulnerable. If Bush had given them better parts for those rockets then the terrorists would have seen that India mean't business and would have held back. So, see, it is Bushs' fault. Nah, nah, danahnah!

Posted by: Jack Lillywhite at July 11, 2006 11:29 AM

I question the timing.

I can imagine KKKarl Rove arranged this to distract from the recent news that tax receipts have ballooned by a quarter trillion dollars this year because of Bush's tax cuts for the rich.

Um, I think I need to work on this theory a little more.

Posted by: equitus at July 11, 2006 12:09 PM

Well, that didn't take long. According to the latest (1:55 pm EST) DU postings, it was Bush and Rumsfeld who "fostered the climate" that permitted this latest atrocity. It'll only get better from here.

Posted by: chrisf at July 11, 2006 12:55 PM

The US has been forging closer ties with India for the duration of this administration. Of course it's Bush's fault (or more accurately, Karl Rove's, Dick Cheney's and Halliburton's).

India is a natural ally against Islamofascism. The country has suffered the ravages of Mohammedan imperialism for centuries. The barbarians didn't just invade Austria, you know. India is now a vital bulwark against the expansionism of the Religion of Peace™.

Posted by: David Gillies at July 11, 2006 01:32 PM

France2 reports 147 dead and almost 500 injured.

Posted by: Fausta at July 11, 2006 01:58 PM

Bush MUST move quickly to strengthen ties with India, and use this to get the Nuclear Deal pushed through. This will help us pressure Pakistan and Iran.

India is THE most important relationship for the US to cultivate in the 21st century, for MANY reasons.

Posted by: Toog at July 11, 2006 02:20 PM

You spoke to soon, they are already blamming Bush:




Posted by: Jay Thomas at July 11, 2006 02:58 PM

How do I join the "The Secret Dick Cheney Brigades"?

Posted by: Dan Roll at July 11, 2006 04:27 PM

If you're reading this blog, you're already a member.

Posted by: James M at July 11, 2006 10:20 PM

Might I suggest a solution?

Posted by: KM at July 11, 2006 11:32 PM

"France2 reports 147 dead and almost 500 injured."

Trampled to death in the rush to surrender? Tragic - that's almost as many as were lost in India.

Posted by: Scott Free at July 12, 2006 01:00 AM

Alas, I am too old to enlist in the Secret Dick Cheney Brigades. I bet they have some really cool uniforms, though.

Posted by: Barry at July 12, 2006 05:34 PM

I left a trackback to your post from It's not Cashmere it's Muslin - Bombs over Bombay, Excerpt: "It's quite simple. It's not border disputes; it's not sectarian violence; it's nothing to do with Kashmir.

Before I tell you, here's the background: The blogosphere is engorged again ..."

But there seems to be some "fruitcake" error with your trackback software.

Posted by: bernie at July 13, 2006 11:33 AM