Massacre in Mumbai
Cherry River Blog has deep thoughts.
I'd agree. It's hard to envision hundreds of American civilians or dozens police standing by while four guys shot up a hotel full of people, encountering no resistance. Look to that situation in LA where the attackers had AKs, the outgunned police went to a local gun store and got the owner to loan them serious equipment, and went back into the fight. Or the cowtown experience recounted by Elmer Keith, where a fellow robbed a restaurant, barricaded himself in a hotel room and proclaimed he'd kill anyone who came in.
The locals figured he probably would, so they just took their rifles and shot the hotel room, and the robber, full of holes. He didn't want to be taken alive, and they were agreeable to that.
But at the end, Cherry River has an even better example. I won't spoil it for you.