Before the economy eclipsed everything else, the country was feeling better about Iraq. The war was winding down. The insurgents were being steadily pacified. Then along came Mumbai, and their 9/11, as Indians view it, reignited our own past fears. As the world watched the grueling, sickening violence enacted against innocent victims, it was easy to push back as aggressively as possible against these attackers and their like everywhere.
In other words, kill them all.