We know lots about what happened in Mumbai. A boatload or two of terrorists came ashore and then spent 2.5 days shooting up everything in sight.
As someone who is a good shot, and very handy with a grenade, I have to say that the terrorists were utterly rotten shots. Twelve of them killed 183 and wounded a lot more - an average of 15 deaths per terrorist over 2 1/2 days, which comes to 6 per terrorist per day. How can you fire off that much ammunition - in a teeming city of 18 million (!!!) and hit so few people? I can go roo shooting and hit a dozen roos in under an hour by walking around a paddock at dusk and picking off the hungry ones as they hop in from the bushline. And when I hit them, it's terminal.
I really don't think they were as well trained as some media pundits like to make out. I also think they must have been full of speed, which does not make for a steady trigger finger (how else do you stay awake for 2 1/2 days, especially when you have just shot the guy that mans the coffee machine at the Raj Hotel?)
Anyway, they were able to run amok for so long because they were operating within an unarmed population. No one was shooting back. I think the Police took so long to react because no one was giving them orders - if there is one thing that I have discovered about the Indian personality from working with a lot of them, it's this - no one does anything until ordered to do so. The Indian cops might have been at a disadvantage because they had bolt action .303s compared to AK-47s, but I doubt they failed to shoot down the attackers because of a lack of firepower. Some probably stood there, watching the carnage and saying, "What do I do? Am I allowed to open fire?"
I like the .303 a lot - simple, powerful and very accurate out to long range. If you had a terrorist full of amphetamines at one end of a train station armed with a full-auto AK and me at the other with a bolt-action .303, the speed-freak would stand little chance. At a range of 100 metres, spraying a mag on full auto from the hip just won't cut the mustard. One well aimed round over iron sights is all you need.
It makes me wonder about the ROE that our Police operate under.
But what has Israel got to do with this?
Imagine if they came ashore in Tel Aviv and started shooting. Would they have made it off the beach, given that the locals are armed to the teeth? They'd get a few Israeli's simply through the benefit of surprise, but I reckon the whole thing would have been over in an hour. That's 10 minutes of shooting and 50 minutes of cleaning away the mess.