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1 December, 2008

The new face of global terror

Mumbai is not new to terror attacks and gang wars. The 26/11 terror attack however, in many ways has introduced a new face of terror. The city’s gentry which always felt secured in the luxury of five star hotels had to face an ordeal they had never imagined. Gone are the days when a terrorist was perceived to be illiterate, elderly, covered his face, used crude makeshift weapons and was often conspicuous in elite areas.

Terror in Mumbai

Terror in Mumbai

The modern day terrorist is much dangerous & global. These guys are highly trained in modern combat with sophisticated weaponry, speak fluent English, have detailed strategy to hit targets, have sleeper cells, wear urban & youthful attire, experts in cyberspace management and more ruthless than ever before. It was shocking to see their meticulous planning being implemented and how they managed to keep the highly trained commandos at bay for nearly 60 hours. Global leaders now realize that they are not immune to terror strikes anymore and if they don’t plug it right away, they will soon be at the receiving end. It is imperative for a strong polictical will to be formed and unified action be taken. However, a genuine thought crosses the heart – should only the governments be responsible to counter such terror? When have we last stopped to help an injured person on the road? When did we last sound an alarm when something suspicious happened in the neighbourhood? If we are not immune to such acts of cruelty, should we not come together to help each other? Should the politicians just be allowed to take cheap publicity from such carnage? If such dramatic change in extremism needs a major change in human attitudes, are we really ready to counter the new face of global terror?

Update: A recent story on IBNlive quoting Washington Post’s article that describes the recent recruitment trend of terror outfit (Lashkar). This further ratifies the new face of global terror. Some excerpts…

“The profile of those joining the militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba is changing,” the Washington Times said citing Brig. Gen. Mahmood Shah, who served the Pakistani Army in the largely ungoverned tribal areas along Pakistan’s porous border with Afghanistan. “We have doctors and engineers and computer specialists working for us,” says a militant commander.

9 November, 2008

The remaining quantum of James Bond

The 22nd Bond flick is a great action sequel to Casino Royale, which was in fact a tad better. It appears more like a Hollywood “Masala” movie which has carefully plotted fighting sequences in air, land, sea and on foot to satisfy the action hungry fans. Daniel Craig is yet again the macho 007 who has acquired Jason Bourne style of killer tactics and very predictably walks out of every damn situation with ease. The action sequences are extremely well filmed and would put the movie amongst top slots in that genre but the Bond’s character

Daniel Craig
Daniel Craig

we knew has somewhat diminished. “Name’s Bond, James bond” is not to be heard anymore. The refined charismatic appeal that attracts women, intelligent & snappy humor in verbal spats is deeply missed. The villains have also evolved over the years with unprecedented new objectives. Just as the plot to win a game of high stakes poker to fund terror by Le Chiffre in Casino Royale was already very difficult to digest, Dominic Green in this movie is gunning to capture the depleting natural resource, Water. The Bond girl, played by Olga Kurylenko also has an emotionally damaged past and a prominently burnt back. The sex scene with a fellow MI6 agent, played by Gemma Arterton seems to be a deliberate and out of context inclusion without the usual hard to get character snots. The new Bond is a highly emotionally charged guy with tears in his eyes (nearly), who gets drunk to overcome his love loss, refutes M‘s orders, makes sentimental statements when blocked by MI6 and is at times, quite pitiable in his disillusioned battle of trust. His is not very suave anymore but an assassin with lots of blood gushing in the movie, alleged to deliberately terminate every lead. The title theme song also leaves much to be desired. The whole experience will perhaps leave a larger impact of watching a super action flick and lesser of a signature Bond movie. Nothing yet can perhaps beat Bourne Identity in urban lethal action category but it’s the remaining quantum of James Bond that draws us to this movie.

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