Thursday, March 05, 2009

Kesavan on the lessons of Lahore

Mukul Kesavan on the lessons of Lahore. The punchline:
The truth is that international cricket matches are custom-made theatres for terrorist violence. They're advertised weeks in advance, cricket grounds are often situated in the middle of uncontrollable human traffic, and for crazies like Kasab and company the prospect of live coverage for carnage is probably irresistible.
Remember this: the folks who carry out these acts (Just like the 7/7 bombers in London who bombed the iconic Underground) require maximum coverage and impact. In the context of the subcontinent, cricket provides it best. That factor needs to play a serious role in any assessment of the risk of an international cricket fixture in the subcontinent, especially after Lahore.

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