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Attack on Mumbai

The following editorial appeared in on Thursday:

A fresh act of savagery drills home the lesson. We are India, as we are Spain, as we are Great Britain, as we are the United States. We are, together, the breath-filled targets of ideological extremists who want us dead.

In the coming days we'll learn more about who and what was behind the astonishingly broad and carefully coordinated attacks in India. We'll learn if Americans were targeted, as reported. We'll learn if this assault has deep political ramifications for the nuclear-powered neighbors India and Pakistan, for the rest of the world.

For now, for today, we watch the shocking images from the streets of Mumbai and we're reminded of the power of terrorism, the capacity of small people with vicious intentions to provoke wide fear.

And we're reminded to be vigilant at home. As the attacks in Mumbai were carried out, U.S. authorities issued a warning that al-Qaida might have recently discussed making attacks on the New York subway system. A vague warning, to be sure. "We have no specific details to confirm that this plot has developed beyond aspirational planning, but we are issuing this warning out of concern that such an attack could possibly be conducted during the forthcoming holiday season," the FBI and Department of Homeland Security said.

We take a little more care, and grieve for the people of India at a time that is supposed to be reserved for giving thanks.