Mumbai's big lesson
There are important lessons to be learned from Mumbai. In a county as large and open as the United States, I think it would be relatively easy for similar killers to strike at malls, movie theaters, train stations, and supermarkets and schools across the country if they chose to.
Like the Indians, we do not guard all these places in the way public buildings are guarded in Israel. We do not have surveillance cameras on every street corner as they do in London. We do not send snoops into the mosques to eavesdrop on the imams passing on their poisonous wrath, as they do in France.
The war against terror has changed. The new scenario poses totally different challenges to anti-terror units. Until now the military assumed that after stabilizing the situation, it will have quantitative and intelligence superiority over the enemy. But as soon as large areas such as hotels are attacks, the challenge becomes incalculably more complex. Anti-terror experts say that just securing one floor of a hotel where terrorists are holding hostages would take an entire unit. Even Israel does not have enough units capable of handling a few hostage-taking and other attacks simultaneously.