"In a government of law, the existence of the government will be
imperiled if it fails to observe the law scrupulously. Our
government is the potent, the omnipresent teacher. For good or for
ill, it teaches the whole people by example. Crime is contagious. If
the government becomes a lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for the law;
it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites
anarchy."--Justice Louis Brandeis
Is Pakistan responsible for the Mumbai attack in India? No.
Is India's repression of its Muslim minority responsible? No.
Is the United States government responsible? Yes.
The attack on Mumbai required radicalized Muslims. Radicalized Muslims
resulted from the US overthrowing the elected government in Iran and imposed
the Shah; from the US stationing troops in Saudi Arabia; from the US
invading and attempting to occupy Afghanistan and Iraq, bombing weddings,
funerals, and children's soccer games; from the US violating international
and US law by torturing its Muslim victims; from the US enlisting Pakistan
in its war against the Taliban; from the US violating Pakistan's sovereignty
by conducting military operations on Pakistani territory, killing Pakistani
civilians; from the US government supporting a half century of Israeli
ethnic cleansing of Palestinians from their lands, towns and villages; from
the assault of American culture on Muslim values; from the US purchasing the
government of Egypt to act as its puppet; from US arrogance that America is
the supreme arbiter of morality.
As Justice Brandeis said, crime is contagious. Government teaches by
example, and America's example is lawlessness. America's brutal crimes
against the Muslim world have invited every Muslim to become a law unto
himself - a revolutionary. It is not terror that Washington confronts but
By illegal, uncivilized and undiplomatic behavior, the US has stirred Muslim
peoples from their long slumber as serfs of Western colonial powers. Some
Muslims have had all that they can take, and their fury drives them to rouse
a billion of their fellows to throw off the yoke of foreign hegemony.
The arrogant incompetence of American governments brought this conflict to
the American people and inflicted it upon the world. . . .
[A senior official in India's Home Ministry told Asia Times Online that a
decision had been made at the highest levels that India will be directly
involved in "annihilating" some of the terror infrastructure and personnel
based in Pakistan. . . .
According to the official, who declined to be named, these operations will
essentially be covert to prevent an all-out war between the two
nuclear-armed neighbors. Officially, India may continue to deny such
actions, all the while taking the battle to the terrorists. . . .
India will also seek out Israel to help implement secret sorties into
Pakistan. It is hoped that Israel will also assist in setting up an
elaborate intelligence network specifically aimed at neutralizing terror
activities.--Siddharth Srivastava, "India sets sights on Pakistani camps," Asia Times, December 6, 2008]
[The recent attacks in Mumbai, while largely blamed on Pakistan's
state-sponsored militant groups, represent the latest phase in a far more
complex and long-term "strategy of tension" in the region; being employed by
the Anglo-American-Israeli Axis to ultimately divide and conquer the Middle
East and Central Asia. The aim is destabilization of the region, subversion
and acquiescence of the region's countries, and control of its economies,
all in the name of preserving the West's hegemony over the "Arc of Crisis."
. . .
The Mumbai attacks do not aid India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, or any nation
within the region. The beneficiaries of the Mumbai Massacre are in London
and New York, in the boardrooms and shareholders of the largest
international banks; which seek total control of the world. Having dominated
North America and Europe for much of recent history, these bankers,
primarily Anglo-American, but also European, seek to exert their total
control over the world's resources, currencies, and populations. There are
many concurrent strategies they are employingto achieve this end . . .
If the Mumbai attacks were designed to be blamed on Pakistan - as they
likely were - and thus, to possibly start a war between Pakistan and India -
which is now a growing reality - what is the ultimate significance of
knowing if it was the ISI or Indian elements responsible? Albeit, this is
important to know, however, when it comes to understanding the motives
behind the attacks, it pales in comparison.--Andrew G. Marshall, "The Mumbai Attacks and the 'Strategy of
Tension'," Global Research, December 7, 2008]
[Questions have been raised in India over the police handling of the arrest
of a man suspected of handling mobile phone cards used by Mumbai's
Calcutta police arrested Mukhtar Ahmed for procuring SIM cards for the group
without knowing that he was an undercover operative. . . .
He said a SIM card recovered from the mobile of one of the Mumbai gunmen,
called Ismail, was among those supplied to Lashkar by Mukhtar Ahmed.--Subir
Bhaumik, "Anger at 'blown' Mumbai arrests," BBC News,
December 8, 2008]
[The Mumbai attacks are only the most recent of a spate of terrorist attacks
on Indian towns and cities this year. Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Delhi, Guwahati,
Jaipur and Malegaon have all seen serial bomb blasts in which hundreds of
ordinary people have been killed and wounded. If the police are right about
the people they have arrested as suspects, both Hindu and Muslim, all Indian
nationals, it obviously indicates that something's going very badly wrong in
this country. . . .
The policemen who supervised and sometimes even assisted the rampaging Hindu
mobs in Gujarat have been rewarded and promoted. The RSS has 45,000
branches, its own range of charities and 7 million volunteers preaching its
doctrine of hate across India. They include Narendra Modi, but also former
prime minister AB Vajpayee, current leader of the opposition LK Advani, and
a host of other senior politicians, bureaucrats and police and intelligence
officers. . . .
This pattern changed in October 2008 when Maharashtra's Anti-Terrorism Squad
(ATS) that was investigating the September 2008 Malegaon blasts arrested a
Hindu preacher Sadhvi Pragya, a self-styled God man Swami Dayanand Pande and
Lt Col Purohit, a serving officer of the Indian Army. All the arrested
belong to Hindu Nationalist organizations including a Hindu Supremacist
group called Abhinav Bharat. The Shiv Sena, the BJP and the RSS condemned
the Maharashtra ATS, and vilified its chief, Hemant Karkare, claiming he was
part of a political conspiracy and declaring that "Hindus could not be
terrorists". LK Advani changed his mind about his policy on the police and
made rabble rousing speeches to huge gatherings in which he denounced the
ATS for daring to cast aspersions on holy men and women.
On the November 25 newspapers reported that the ATS was investigating the
high profile VHP Chief Pravin Togadia's possible role in the Malegaon
blasts. The next day, in an extraordinary twist of fate, Hemant Karkare was
killed in the Mumbai Attacks.--Arundhati Roy, "The
monster in the mirror," Guardian, December 12, 2008]
[Pakistan carried out raids on Jamaatut offices throughout the country.
Saeed and other leaders have been placed under house arrest, while several
Jamaatut leaders have gone underground.
India presented Pakistan with difficult-to-deny evidence through US
officials soon after the Mumbai attack and made it quite plain that it
wanted action against the LET for its links to the attack. One of the 10
attackers admitted to being trained by the LET.--Syed Saleem Shahzad, "Pakistan's
military takes a big hit," Observer, December 13, 2008]
[What the Indian elite is discovering today on the debris of fancy eateries
is an acidic truth large numbers of ordinary Indians are forced to swallow
every day. Children who die of malnutrition, farmers who commit suicide,
dalits who are raped and massacred, tribals who are turfed out of centuryold
habitats, peasants whose lands are taken over for car factories, minorities
who are bludgeoned into paranoia . . .
Let's track one causal chain. The Congress creates Jarnail Singh
Bhindranwale to neutralise the Akalis; Bhindranwale creates terrorism;
Indira Gandhi moves against terrorism; terrorism assassinates Indira Gandhi;
blameless Sikhs are slaughtered in Delhi; in the course of a decade,
numberless innocents, militants, and securitymen die. Let's track another.
The BJP takes out an inflammatory rath yatra; inflamed kar sewaks pull down
the Babri Masjid; riots ensue; vengeful Muslims trigger Mumbai blasts; 10
years later a bogey of kar sewaks is burnt in Gujarat; in the next week
2,000 Muslims are slaughtered; six years later retaliatory violence
continues. Let's track one more. In the early 1940s, in the midst of the
freedom movement, patrician Muslims demand a separate homeland; Mahatma
Gandhi opposes it; the British support it; Partition ensues; a million
people are slaughtered; four wars follow; two countries drain each other
through rhetoric and poison; nuclear arsenals are built; hotels in Mumbai
Let's be clear we are not in a crisis because the Taj hotel was gutted.
We are in a crisis because six years after 2,000 Muslims were slaughtered
in Gujarat there is still no sign of justice. This is the second thing
the elite need to understand after the obscenity of gross inequality. The
plinth of every society since the beginning of Man has been set on the
justice.--Tarun J Tejpal, "Death Of A Salesman And Other Elite Ironies," Tehelka Magazine,
December 13, 2008]
[Kasab was among a group of Pakistanis kidnapped in 2006 from Khatmandu, by
the Nepalese security forces under instruction from Indian intelligence
agencies.--Dan Qayyum, "The Indian Gameplan Falling Apart,"
pakalert, December 15, 2008]
[Union Minorities Affairs Minister AR Antulay courted controversy on
Wednesday by suspecting the truth behind Maharashtra Anti-Terror Squad chief
Hemant Karkare's killing during the Mumbai attacks.--"Antulay
stirs up controversy, questions Karkare's death," Zeenews Bureau,
December 17, 2008]
[The major axis controlling fundamentalist Islamic terrorism is composed of
the ruling corporate elites in USA and UK, the Saud dynasty and the military
establishment in Pakistan.
Robert Pape in "Dying to Win: The Strategic Logic of Suicide Terrorism," ...
observed that: "Terrorism is not a supply-limited phenomenon where there are
just a few hundred around the world willing to do it because they are
religious fanatics. It is a demand-driven phenomenon. That is, it is driven
by the presence of foreign forces on the territory that the terrorists view
as their homeland."--K. Gajendra Singh, "West-stirred up Muslims terrorise
Mumbai," vijayvaani.com, December 18, 2008]
[Amin Solkar filed a public interest litigation (PIL) on December 11, mainly
because Karkare was investigating the countrywide Hindutva terror network.
The PIL has asked the court to appoint a special investigating team under
its supervision.--"India: Lawyer claims Karkare shot by
Hindutva terrorists," muslimnews, December 18, 2008]
[Witnesses in Cama hospital say the terrorists spoke fluent Marathi, and
this report has been confirmed. . . .
On 12 December, over 60,000 people from all walks of life formed a human
chain throughout the length and breadth of Bombay, proclaiming unity and
peace in opposition to terrorism, war, communalism and violence.--R. H., "Who Killed Hemant
Karkare?," Muslim Observer, December 18, 2008]
[The only thing we can say for sure regarding this unholy narrative is that
both India and Pakistan are incompetent and crooked, that their news media
are every bit as untrustworthy as ours, and that we'll never get to the
bottom of the story.--Jeff Huber, "The Tailor
of Mumbai," military.com, December 23, 2008]
[On Thursday, November 27, in the middle of the Mumbai terrorist attacks,
Imran Babar, one of the terrorists, called India TV from Nariman House. He
used a cellphone that belonged to Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg, the co-director
of the Chabad-Lubavitch Center. The following day, Babar and his associates
killed Rabbi Holtzberg and his wife, Rivka. The phone call he made was not
long. Babar opened with a comment that made little sense to most people:
"You call [Israel's] army staff to visit Kashmir. Who are they to come to
J&K [Jammu and Kashmir]? This is a matter between us and Hindus, the Hindu
government. Why does Israel come here?" . . .
India cannot afford to mimic Israel's failed neighborhood policy, nor can it
follow the U. S. example that seeks to solve its problems by aerial
bombardment. South Asia requires a regional solution to what is without
doubt a regional problem, one with its roots in the Afghan jihad of the
1980s as much as the unresolved Kashmir question (with close to a million
troops in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, the Indian government runs what is
tantamount to an occupation - they provide the opposite of security for the
residents of the state).--Vijay Prashad, "Through Tel Aviv:
India's Reckless Road to Washington," counterpunch.org, December 23,
[K Madhusudhan Nair is the adhyaksh (chairman) of the Mahatma Jyotiba Phule
Samaj Seva Trust and a local leader at Macchimar Nagar, situated at Cuffe
Parade, south Mumbai [Images], just a few metres away from the spot where
the 10 terrorists disembarked from a rubber dinghy on November 26 last year.
He is also a neighbour to Anita Rajendra Udiyar, who runs a scrap shop and
has been in the news this week for her alleged trip abroad to give evidence,
since she witnessed the terrorists's landing in the city that November
Nair vouches for Udiyar's story. He says he is 100 per cent sure she went
abroad because she was to be presented as a witness to give legitimacy to
India's claims about the 26/11 attacks--Vaihayasi P Daniel, "Neighbour confirms eyewitness's US
story," rediff.com, January 16, 2009]
[The impetus for this new combine and its lobbying is the Mumbai attacks of
December 2008. But this is not just about justice for the victims of Mumbai.
There is another dynamic involved, which is to walk the Jewish American
road, to create a "India Lobby" that resembles the "Israel Lobby."--Vijay
India Lobby Drunk with the Sight of Power," counterpunch.org,
January 26, 2009]
[Pakistan was holding in custody the ringleader and five other suspects in
the conspiracy behind a militant attack that killed 179 people in Mumbai,
the top Pakistani interior ministry official said on Thursday.--Kamran
unveils breakthrough, arrests in Mumbai probe," Reuters, February 12, 2009]
[What emerges, even if one were to give the benefit of the doubt to the CIA,
is that Headley was its agent but he possibly got involved with
Pakistan-based terrorist organizations and became a double agent.--M K
Bhadrakumar, "A spy
unsettles US-India ties," Asia Times, March 23, 2010]
[Mohammad Ajmal Amir Qasab, 22, the sole surviving gunman, was found guilty
on charges including murder, waging war on India and possessing
explosives.--Delnaaz Irani, "Surviving Mumbai
gunman convicted over attacks," BBC News, May 3, 2010]
[David Headley is a Chicago-based Pakistani American, who conspired with
Lashkar-e-Taiba to launch the 2008 Mumbai attacks. Since his arrest he has
been closely guarded by the US government and access to him restricted.
Despite pleading guilty he has not been extradited to India, instead he has
been cooperating with the U.S. authorities with matters related to
terrorism.--"Terror Alert Fashback: Mumbai Attack Involved CIA and
ISI," wideshut.co, October 6, 2010]
[Federal officials acknowledged Saturday that David Coleman Headley, the
U.S. businessman who confessed to being a terrorist scout in the 2008 Mumbai
attacks, was working as a Drug Enforcement Administration informant while
training with terrorists in Pakistan. . . .