The difference between the government's approach to the two men shows the tiny role that "actual harm caused" matters in the criminal justice system, and testifies to the increasingly unaccountable power of the U.S. prosecutor.
The attacks in Mumbai have produced scores of deaths, though what is scarier is the possibility that this incident may spell danger for India-Pakistan relations at a time when a much-needed thaw seems to be emerging.
Deepak Chopra went on CNN Wednesday night to give his take on the Mumbai attacks and how to prevent similar attacks in the future, but producers cut Chopra off when he started to get too controversial.
These are the places -- the Taj, the Oberoi Hotel, Cafe Leopold -- that are not touched by the religious tensions, the poverty, the harsh realities of a city -- a country, region and world -- that has extremes of every kind.
There is a deep transformation afoot -- cities seem to be losing the capacity they have long had to triage conflict. Today the search for national security may well become a source for urban insecurity.
The bombing and gunfire that took place across South Mumbai today shook a city that virtually all of India admits is unshakeable. I now live over 5,000 miles away from Mumbai in London, and even I'm shaken.