HindustanTimes Editorial says Delhites are no strangers to defiances in the face of terror.
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The citizens of Delhi do not have to be told that their fortitude is the need of the day.
Saturday’s bomb blasts that have killed more than 60 persons and injured several times that number is not their first brush with terrorist attacks, and nor, unfortunately, does it appear that it will be the last. In the Eighties, Khalistani terrorists wreaked mayhem, but did not shake the equanimity of this great metropolis. In the Nineties, Kashmiri separatists and Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence agents carried out hundreds of blasts, big and small, in and around Delhi, but they could not even dent the resolve of the country to defend its territorial integrity and core values of secularism and democracy. No doubt the Dilliwallah’s response to the latest outrage will be one of renewed resolve to fight and defeat the forces of evil.
At this hour, there is need to guard against hysteria about ‘intelligence failure’. This charge can stick only if there was actionable intelligence of an attack and the authorities did not act on it. As of now there is no reason to believe that this was the case. Of all the people, the security agencies themselves will want to know what happened and why. The security agencies who are in the forefront of the war against terrorism have a peculiar problem: they have to succeed every time to block a terrorist’s strike; the bad guys have to get through just once.
Something like this seems to have happened on Saturday when the most recent and vicious cycle of bomb blasts caused so much death and destruction in Delhi. In the past year, despite the Ayodhya attack, the agencies have had considerable success in blocking the continuing Jaish-e-Mohammed and Lashkar-e-Tayyeba offensive against India. Earlier this year, they thwarted potentially deadly attacks against the Indian Military Academy, Dehradun, the RSS headquarters in Nagpur and an IT major in Bangalore.
There should be no doubts that the authorities will soon unravel the forces behind this latest outrage as well. What we need to do now is to reiterate the country’s resolve to fight and win the war against terrorism, with any country or countries willing to ally with us, or alone if necessary.