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Minnesotans Condemn Mumbai Terrorism

December 3, 2008

Members of Minnesota's Indian, Jewish and Islamic communities are denouncing the terrorist violence in Mumbai, in which hundreds of people were killed and wounded. Spokesman Satveer Chaudhary, a state senator, says it wasn't just an attack on India.

"It was an attack on a financial center. Americans were injured and killed, and people from the Jewish community. This was clearly an attack on the world at large."

He says Minnesotans are affected wherever terrorism takes place. Chaudhary adds that everyone is saddened by the loss of life in last week’s vicious attacks, and is confident the rule of law will prevail against those who hate open government and free will.

The attackers won't get what they want, he insists. Instead, their actions will lead to increased global cooperation to defeat the forces of fear and terror.

"It was meant to destabilize the world and galvanize that radical Islamic movement. This is a signal that we have a global fight against terrorism, and need to fight it in a global way."

He says the attacks were another effort by a small minority to try to promote fear, divide nations, and make them vulnerable to its will. The state senator notes that Minnesota has a special link to Mumbai – a Minnesota delegation was to have traveled there last week to follow up on an earlier trade mission.

Jim Wishner, Public News Service - MN