Melbourne/Mumbai, Nov.28 : The terror strikes in Mumbai this week, which have resulted in the death of over 100 people and injuries to another 327, not only is a devastating assault on Indian democracy, its way of life and its brilliant economy, but also should be seen as a message from terrorists to US President-elect Barack Obama.
According to The Australian, the message going out is "Despite everything you Americans have done, the terrorists are saying, we can still hit you. We can hit your friends in their economic heartlands, and we can hunt down your citizens in the commercial capitals of your friends."
These attacks, in which American and British passport-holders were singled out for individual murder - as well, apparently, as Jews - have the al-Qa'ida imprint.
They demonstrate once more the savage, sectarian nihilism of the terror movements. It will nonetheless take some time for the identity and the origins of the perpetrators of this terrorist atrocity to become clear.
There is also certainly an agenda to disrupt warming Pakistan-India ties.
This assault, the paper says was exceptionally well-organised and co-ordinated, suggesting a substantial degree of training for its participants, and elaborate planning.