MUMBAI, India (BP)--The smoke from days of terrorism has barely cleared. Nearly 200 people in India's largest city are dead. Hundreds more lie wounded.
Yet world attention already is shifting from Mumbai itself to international fallout from the attacks: whether the bloody assault on Mumbai will spark a retaliation from India against its bitter rival Pakistan, from which the terrorists reportedly came. Both powers possess nuclear arms and have come close to using them against each other in the past. And what would new India-Pakistan tensions mean for the war against the Taliban in Afghanistan and lawless northwest Pakistan?
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While military and political analysts monitor those possibilities, Mumbai's people need prayer, said an American Christian worker based there.
"Our city has been a scene of tragedy and terror over the past few days, but it's not over," the worker said. "The effects will be deeply felt for months and years to come by the families of those who have lost loved ones -- and for those who have felt their sense of security in this city slip away."
TV news reports may be showing Mumbai's people getting back to normal in the city of more than 18 million or defiantly protesting the attacks and the politicians they believe failed to prevent them. But the trauma goes deep.
"The fact of the terrorist attacks has numbed the city's population," the worker noted. "People were indiscriminately murdered for reasons as yet only speculated about. Please pray for God to work in this horrible human tragedy to draw people of all religions to the end of themselves, of their own plans and dreams, and desire to know the real truth about the reason for their tenuous existence." Read More