India’s democracy will prove far more resilient than the hateful ideology that led to these attacks in Mumbai, US President-elect Barack Obama said on Wednesday as the world reached out to India in sympathy and support over what American analysts described as India’s 9/11.
Both the incumbent Bush administration and Obama and his transition team sent out strong messages of condemnation of the attacks and their backing for India even as they coordinated their response in the transition phase in the United States. President Bush phoned Prime Minister Manmohan Singh from Camp David early on Thursday morning to offer support and US help in investigation.
An FBI team from Los Angeles, consisting of bomb and forensic experts, left for Mumbai to help in the investigation.
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice briefed Obama over the phone as the White House assembled its national security and intelligence chiefs for discussion and analysis and offered India any help it required.
From Chicago, Obama also spoke to India’s ambassador Ronen Sen, to convey that his thoughts and prayers with those affected by this tragic situation and brief him about his conversations with Rice.