Monday, 19 January 2009

Lessons of Mumbai

The RAND Corporation has published a preliminary assessment of the lessons to be learned from the Mumbai LeT attacks at the end of last year. There are two lessons that may be learned by this country.

The paucity of coastal patrol resources allowed the terrorists to hijack a fishing boat, load it with inflatable boats and weapons, and sail down the coast unchallenged to land directly at Mumbai. I've long supported an idea for the Admiralty to revive the Sea Fencibles, staffed by volunteer yachtsmen and sea anglers, to patrol near-continental coastlines.

Secondly, the RAND report points out
With the Mumbai attack, LeT demonstrated that it has the ability and the will to internationalize its targets. LeT now has now assumed a larger role in the larger jihadi landscape. Like some of the other militant groups in Pakistan, LeT is believed to have considerable reach into Pakistani diaspora populations, raising a number of concerns for countries with Pakistani expatriate communities.

Pakistan will remain a destination where individuals radicalized abroad can go to obtain training from militant groups.
That means the UK. And let's not assume our borders are so secure that assault weapons, grenades, explosives and ammunition are not being smuggled in.

The consequences of Labour's 'open borders' approach to immigration and their asinine and divisive devotion to cultural apartheid under the guise of multiculturalism has left us all more vulnerable to this sort of atrocity.

2 comments:

Contessa Fantana said...

Whilst your comments on 'open borders' are correct, I would suggest that the proposed 'e-borders' will make damn all difference apart from buggering around pleasure boaters like you and I.

Peter Mc said...

I've got 15000 logged miles, mostly around the British coast and been in and out of dozens of ports. Never had a boat stopped or looked at once.