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This is a revolution, not a public relations movement

The SMH is featuring a story about Brook Satchwell and others being trapped in Mumbai, and reporting the chaos there.

At the end though there was this quote, from an Australian woman who has moved to Mumbai to be married in 4 days and who has friends arriving for the wedding. She had this to say:

“They are targeting every suburb in this city but the most tragic thing is that for the first time ever they are targeting big-time foreigners and five-star hotels,” she said.

“There have been a lot of bombs in India and they normally target marketplaces and the poorer society but where we are at the Taj Mahal hotel, a historic hotel, they have eight foreign hostages.”

I understand the terror of tourists caught up in this, but is the most tragic thing *really* that they are targeting ‘big time foreigners’ and ‘five star hotels’. Would it have been less tragic if they had bombed the shit out of the market places?

I really do not want to diminish the terror these people on holidays are facing, the fear for loved ones, the stress of the situation.

I know that this is targeting Westerners, I know that being stuck there/having loved ones stuck there must be horrific and agonising. I’m not arguing that it is not a *different* situation.

But I’m not sure the ‘real tragedy’ is the wealth of the targets.

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