May 29, 2014
Just a Reminder that Not all of Pakistan's Problems Can be Blamed on Islam
A reminder to the 'phobes. And I mean it, there really are Islamophobes out there. I just think they are much more rare than is alleged. Like racists, they exist but you can't blame every bad thing that happens on racism. Or sexism. Or partriarchy. Or capitalism. Or whatever.
A theory that posits a single causal variable for all outcomes isn't a theory: it's a worldview.
So, the idea that Islam is the cause of all misery in Muslim country just doesn't hold up to scientific scrutiny. Neither does the idea that all criticisms of Islamism are just so much phobia. Phobes!
Now, this isn't to say that certain versions of Islam aren't related to whatever bad thing you are looking at, or that it is one of a number of causal factors, or that in certain instances it is the primary cause, but only if we are talking about specific negative consequences in specific context.
Case in point: In neighboring India gang rape is a serious and widespread problem. And it's not Islamic mysogeny that is to blame. Sure, Muslims are 25% of the total population, but here we have a couple of Hindu girls gang raped and murdered by a bunch of Hindu guys.
I don't know what the cause of this phenomenon in India is. Perhaps it goes back to the old caste system. The girls here were of the "untouchable" class. Perhaps it has something to do with some other cultural factors in India I don't know about. I've no idea. But you know what I do know? That Islam isn't to blame.
Here's the pretty horrible story:
Indian police have arrested one man and are looking for four other suspects after two teenage girls were gang-raped and then hanged from a tree in a village in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.I just wanted to throw this out there because sometimes when we see honor killings or the mistreatment of women in Islamic countries the immediate reaction is to point to something in the sharia, but when we see it happen in other countries we blame in on culture or something else. The point being that bad stuff happens in every country, and when that bad stuff happens we can't blame Islam. But when the same bad stuff happens in Muslim countries we need to be cautious about pointing to some Islamic doctrine as the cause.
The two cousins, who were from a low-caste Dalit community and aged 14 and 15, went missing from their village home in Uttar Pradesh’s Budaun district when they went out to go to the toilet on Tuesday evening.
The following morning, villagers found the bodies of the two teenagers hanging from a mango tree in a nearby orchard.
I'm not saying certain Islamic or sharia principles never are to blame (at least, partially), just that when your default position is always the same you've kind of lost your credibility. Somewhere between blaming Islam for everything, and claiming that certain strands of Islam are never to be blamed lies the truth.
And the reason that comparing social ills in Pakistan to social ills in India are valid comparisons is that the two are essentially the same nation with an arbitrary border separating them.
October 29, 2013
Islamists Bomb Hindu Political Rally, 6 Dead
I'm shocked! Shocked, I say:
An Islamist militant group is believed to be behind an attack on a rally by Indian Hindu nationalist politician Narendra Modi that killed six people and wounded more than 80, police said on Tuesday.....
Seven crude bombs went off on Sunday in Bihar state as Modi’s supporters gathered for his rally. He was not near any of the blasts and delivered his speech despite the attack.
August 29, 2013
Most Wanted Terrorist in India Arrested
Say hello to Yasin Bhatka, the head of the Indian Mujahideen. Now say goodbye to his cornhole:
Police in India have arrested Yasin Bhatkal, the alleged head of the Indian Mujahideen (IM) militant group, which has been blamed for a string of recent attacks, officials say.Indian Mujahideen, huh? Must be a radical Hindu.
The group is thought to be behind deadly blasts in the cities of Pune, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Delhi....
His real name is believed to be Muhammad Ahmed Zarrar Siddibappa, but he uses a number of aliases, officials say.
August 12, 2013
Buddhists Attack Mosque in Sri Lanka
Yes, Muslims are sometimes the victims of violence from non-Muslims. Sometimes:
A Buddhist mob attacked a mosque in Sri Lanka's capital and at least 12 people were injured, the latest in a series of attacks on the minority Muslim community by members of the Buddhist majority.Of course, given the long history of violence between Buddhists and Hindus in Sri Lanka it seemed kind of inevitable that Muslims would get thrown into the mix at some point. Thanks to Lou Stouch
A mob of Buddhists, who are mainly ethnic Sinhalese in Sri Lanka, threw stones at a three-storey mosque and nearby houses in a central Colombo neighborhood during evening prayers on Saturday, residents told Reuters.
February 21, 2013
Bike Bombs Kill 13, Injures 80 in India
Terror returned to Hyderabad after five years — with two massive explosions triggered by tiffin-carrier bombs planted on cycles in the crowded Dilsukhnagar locality, leaving 13 people dead and more than 80 injured.A tiffin-carrier is like an old fashioned lunch box. It looks kind of like a large thermos, but inside are different little containers for different food items.
So, the bombs don't seem like they could have been that big. It was crowd size and location that led to so many fatalities.
Just how bad has India had it?
This is the 11th terror strike in India since the November 26, 2008 attack in Mumbai. Altogether, 60 people were killed in these attacks across five cities. The last terror attack in Hyderabad in August 2007 had killed 44.That's 11 just in the past 5 years.
Our prayers are with the Indians.
February 13, 2013
Confirmed: Terrorists Don't Like Boobies & Candy
There is an alert in Mumbai over fears of a terror attack on Valentine's Day
MUMBAI: The Mumbai police has sounded a high alert after the control room received calls claiming that six terrorists have sneaked into the city and may carry out a major attack at Juhu Chowpatty or Bandra Bandstand on Valentine's Day[...]h/t NTA
"The Pakistani terrorist outfit, Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), has given an open threat after the hanging of Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab; now there is the Afzal Guru case," said a senior police official. Jamaat-ud-Dawaa and LeT chief Hafiz Saeed, accused mastermind of the 26/11 attacks, delivered threats in Pakistan and strongly protested after Guru's execution, claiming it amounted to "judicial terrorism".[More...]
August 28, 2012
Tuesday's Sexual Health News: "18 Again" Virginity Cream...
An Indian company has launched what it claims is the country's first vagina tightening cream, saying it will make women feel "like a virgin" again. The company says it is about empowering women, but critics say it is doing the opposite. The BBC's Rajini Vaidyanathan in Mumbai reports.Word is Xariif tried it on himself, hilarity ensued.
It is certainly a bold claim. As the music starts playing on the advertisement for the 18 Again cream, a sari-clad woman is singing and dancing.
It is an unusual take on Bollywood.
"I feel like a virgin," she croons, although the advert makes it clear she is not.
Her shocked in-laws look on, before her husband joins her for some salsa-style dancing.
"Feels like the very first time," she continues, as she is twirled around.
Cut away to her mother-in-law who begins by responding with a disgusted look on her face, but by the end of the advert even she has been won over, and is seen buying the product online.
August 20, 2012
Fake Texts Causes Mass Panic in India
India is accusing Pakistan of orchestrating mass panic among migrants who fled Muslim/Hindu - Muslim/not-the-right-kind-of-Muslim conflicts. Apparently mass texts were sent around showing images of dead bodies claiming that Muslim were going to kill the immigrants for (insert grievance of the day here). and although the entire thing was a hoax, apparently people took the threat seriously enough that it caused mass panic and migration:
A day earlier the ministry's second-ranking official said doctored images of bodies had been messaged to thousands of migrants from India's north-east living in big cities further south, including Chennai, Mumbai, Pune and Bangalore.Thanks to Howie's prostate for the tip.
Authorities said misleading text messages and other social media began circulating last week with warnings that Muslims would attack students and migrants from the north-east.
Tens of thousands of people hurriedly boarded overcrowded trains to return to their home region as Indian leaders pleaded for calm and the government banned bulk mobile texting.
Those fleeing feared reprisals stemming from ethnic clashes in the north-eastern state of Assam in the past few months, which have killed 77 people and displaced more than 400,000
July 02, 2012
Report: Al Qaeda Trained Mumbai Attackers
Apparently, the attack would have been a lot a lot worse, my gawd.
Had all the 25 militants completed the training and made it to Mumbai the carnage would have been much worse," a senior Indian official told the Deccan Chronicle.This is an update on my prior post: Key Mumbai Plotter Arrested in Saudi Arabia
Via the LWJ[Image credit also]
Sayed Zabiuddin Ansari, the alleged facilitator of the 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai, has proven to be a "treasure trove of information" for Indian investigators, according to new reports in the Indian press. Ansari has reportedly revealed that al Qaeda was tasked with training the Mumbai attackers in a Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) training camp close to the Pakistan-Iran border.You can also add Pakistan's ISI's cooperation to the group as I noted in my prior post and further stated in LWJ's article above.
It is not entirely clear where the camp was located, as Ansari has been unable to pinpoint its location for investigators. But according to at least one article, the LeT camp was inside Afghanistan. LeT terrorists are known to operate in both Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Ansari (a.k.a. Abu Jundal) was captured inside Saudi Arabia and then transferred to Indian custody in June. [See LWJ report, Key Mumbai plotter arrested in Saudi Arabia.]
The Deccan Chronicle reports that Ansari's interrogation reports say he has explained that there is a "great degree of coordination now between Lashkar, Al Qaeda and even the Taliban."
Interestingly, I like to communicate, via Twitter, with terror supporters. He/she/it has this to say about Abu Jundal:
may Allah (SWT) make it easy for the brother...interrogation here = torturedaijiworld.com/news/news_disp…— Abu Hattin (@AbuHattin) July 2, 2012
May the mujahidiot scream out in pain, continue to sing out like a canary, scream out in pain. Rinse, repeat over and over until they gain all the info he holds. Then spit and p*ss on him.
Note: the comment I made is mine and mine alone.
March 05, 2012
US Admits Special Forces in India
Take that, you Pakistani bastards:
The US maintains special forces' teams in India to train Indian forces in counter-terrorism, specifically against Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), evoking sharp reaction from CPI that why the government kept it under wraps and Parliament was not taken into confidence in the matter.Like I've been saying for years: we don't need to commit ground troops in the coming conflict with Pakistan, the Indians have plenty of manpower to undertake that task.
Admitting this for the first time, chief of US' Pacific Command (PACOM) Robert Willard told a Congressional hearing that both Washington and New Delhi were working closely against the threat of terrorism from LeT.
January 24, 2012
Two Arrested over Mumbai Blasts
Two Indians have been arrested in relation to last year's bomb attack that killed 27 in Mumbai.
Whoever our next President is, let's hope that they get the fat that India is our natural ally. We need much closer ties with that country. If the fit ever does hit the shan, they're the front lines against the nuclear armed pariah that is Pakistan.
January 19, 2012
Hizb ut-Tahrir Inspired Coup Foiled in Bangladesh
I know what you're saying, "Sheikh" Hassina, so how moderate can the government be? But in this case Sheikh is a name, not a title. And it's a she.
So, now you know one of the reasons the allegedly "moderate" Hisb ut-Tahrir wanted her gone:
Up to sixteen serving and retired army officers with "extreme religious views", with the backing of supporters overseas, were planning to overthrow the government of Sheikh Hasina.The "oversees forces" are alleged to be the former leader of the now banned Bangladeshi Hizb ut-Tahrir party.
And the way the plot was allegedly instigated? Through the internet.
There's a facebook page here dedicated to bringing about the coup, and a Wordpress blog here. Appparently, Hizb ut-Tahrir printed out flyers based on the allegations on those two web pages and distributed them around hoping to instigate support for the coup.
How do you say FAIL in Bengali?
September 29, 2011
Great: Wife of Man Tied to Mumbai Massacre Warned US Her Husband was Terrorist, US Ignored
David Headley of Chicago helped plan India's 9/11
This is pretty damning stuff, especially after we learned that the father of the Christmas Day underwear bomber had also dropped the dime on his son. Now, let's grant that we are only hearing her side of the story. She has no idea what the US did with the information she gave us.
Was she simply ignored, as she believes? Or was the information passed on, like that of the Christmas Day bomber's, but someone typed his name wrong into the system so he wasn't on the no flight list?
Or, was he on the no-fly list -- which isn't really a no-fly list at all, but rather is a list which simply puts certain people under greater security scrutiny -- but he just didn't raise any red flags? Remember, David Headley's "weapon" in the Mumbai massacre was a cell phone with GPS and a camcorder. Neither of which would raise much suspicion.
But while liberal civil liberties groups and Islamist propagandists are fast hoodwinking the MSM into forwarding a narrative in which far too many Muslims are being watched by law enforcement as a result of Islamophobic training, the Headley case is evidence that the opposite may, in fact, be the truth: out of fear of being called Islamophobes and appearing biased against Muslims, law enforcement may not be surveilling enough of these potential threats.
In this case, that failure may have led to the deaths of 164 innocent people.
Let's hope we've learned our lesson and adjusted things in the past three years.
[T]he woman married to David Headley, the Chicago terrorist who helped plot a deadly attack on Mumbai, India three years ago, says she went to authorities after becoming suspicious of her husband....Headley is actually married to two women, as is allowed under Islamic law. No word on whether or not the other wife thinks of Headley as a monster, or as a mujahideen.
Then she claims to have come to the American embassy in Islamabad with the same warning: her husband was helping to plot a terrorist attack...
"I went to U.S. authorities to help me out but then, they were like looking at me, oh, you are not a U.S. citizen and he is an American and we've got nothing to do with him. I was like shocked so I started saying, 'is he working with you, you are defending him,'" she said.
September 15, 2011
Indian Jihadis Designated Terrorists
The Indian Mujahideen have been officially designated a Foreign Terrorist Organization.
Well, better late than never I guess.
July 17, 2011
Pakistan's Main Export to India: Indian Domestic Terrorism
Relevant given the recent second bombing of Mumbai.
Urban terrorism in India has become synonymous with a group calling itself Indian Mujahedeen (IM) that claimed responsibility for at least four blasts this year. Added to its attacks in Jaipur, Ahmedabad, and New Delhi, the latest target seems to be Mumbai on July 13.Hat Tip: Insty.
Police believe that improvised explosive devices (IED) were used to trigger the blasts which coincided with the birthday of Ajmal Kasab, the lone Pakistani gunman in the 2008 Mumbai attack, an operation for which he has been sentenced to death. The latest terror attack, which claimed about 20 lives, comes only hours after two other suspected Indian Mujahedeen operatives, who provided vehicles used in the 2008 serial blasts in Gujarat that killed 56 people, were arrested in a Mumbai suburb by the Maharashtra Anti-Terror Squad (ATS).
Indian analysts believe that the IM emerged from militant elements in the Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) supported by the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Bangladesh-based Harkat-ul-Jihad-Islami (HUJI-B). SIMI and IM endorse the goals of Osama bin Laden and also seek to provoke an Islamist revolution by India’s Muslims. SIMI/IM has long-standing ties to global Islamist organizations, including LeT and Harkat-ul-Jihad-Islami (HUJI), as well as Pakistani intelligence agencies.
Some have suggested that IM does not exist at all as an independent group but is instead an effort by Pakistan’s external intelligence agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), to project an Indian face to the activities of Pakistan-based militant groups.
December 28, 2010
India ups security in cities fearing terror attack
India ups their security...
NEW DELHI (AP) - India increased security in major cities across the country Tuesday after receiving information that a Pakistan-based militant group was planning an attack over New Year's weekend.
More police were deployed to city streets, including in India's financial capital, Mumbai, which was attacked in 2008. Airports and railway stations and the popular beach resort state of Goa all tightened security following intelligence reports that the banned militant group, Lashkar-e-Taiba was planning to target these places, an official with the Home Ministry said. He spoke on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to speak to the media.
India has taken even minor terror threats seriously since a three-day terrorist siege killed 166 people in Mumbai, though there has been no major attack there since.
Security has been high in Mumbai since Friday, when police began searching for four men who authorities believe entered the city to carry out a terrorist attack. Computer-aided photographs of the four suspects were released.
December 07, 2010
Apparently, Brave Indian Mujahideen (has YouTube Channel) Murder 2yr old in Bomb Attack on Hindu Ceremony
Mujahideen are so brave & righteous... according to their followers. How brave is it to murder innocent 2yr olds?
LUCKNOW, India -- A bomb hidden in a metal canister exploded Tuesday evening as thousands gathered for a Hindu ceremony, killing a toddler and triggering a stampede that left many others wounded in a holy Indian city.Related: Varanasi bomb blast: Terror email sent from Mumbai
Police said the blast in Varanasi appeared to be a terrorist attack but would not say who they suspected.
The bomb was stashed in a milk container on the Sheetla Ghat, one of many stone staircases leading to the Ganges river, the site of daily spiritual rituals, according to police official Brij Lal.
The explosion set off a stampede, and 19 people, including four foreigners, were wounded, Lal said. It was not immediately clear how many were hurt in the blast and how many in the subsequent chaos.
A 2-year-old who had been sitting on her mother's lap when the bomb went off died in a hospital, Lal said. Her mother and two others, including one of the foreigners, were in serious condition.[More...]
Varanasi: The terror email claiming responsibility for the blast in Varanasi on Tuesday has been traced to a call centre in the Mumbai suburb of Malad. (Watch: Blast caught on camera)
The email was sent from an ID that belongs to a little known group called Al-Fateh, possibly a front used by the Indian Mujahideen (IM) to mislead investigators. On Tuesday night, a Mumbai police team searched the call centre premises. (See: Varanasi blast: First Pics)
Sources have told NDTV that Wi-Fi was used to send this particular email. Police have traced the internet protocol ID of the email. The email address was used only twice earlier. Sources also say that the investigators have found that the email, sent to some media organisations, was written on December 6. (Read: PM asks Home Ministry for report)[ More..]
JihadTube channel for indianmujahideen1(apparently parked for messaging) wasn't hard to find...search video/channels for "Indian Mujahideen". Apparently Google/YouTube doesn't use their own search functions. They leave that up to others to flag while the Google/ YT employees enjoy their 10% pay raise & Christmas bonuses.
This is why we don't flag anymore...Our job at present is to point out the hypocrisy at YouTube
Thanks to ZH#3
November 26, 2010
11/26/2008 Anniversay: Let Us Not Forget 2008 Terrorist Attack on Mumbai (Update: David Headley Confessions)
Two years since this horrendous terrorist attack.
Some of those involved are still at large....some are protected by Pakistan...our allies?
May God rest the souls of the innocents murdered. May God comfort the families of those murdered. Our thoughts and prayers have never been absent from those affected by this gruesome terrorist attack.
Chicago was part of this and yet Obi One failed to recognize this in his address in India.
May the terrorist continue to burn in hell.
This is not over...will it ever be over? Will Obi One & administration admit Islamic jihadist are our enemy?
Update: Chicago/ISI/Paki army connection:
The following is a first-hand representation of what David Coleman Headley, a Pakistani-American terrorist in a US prison, confessed to the sleuths of India’s National Investigation Agency in June this year. It was obtained by Dinesh Sharma of Zee News from highly placed sources in the agency and is being reproduced in a two-part series on the second anniversary of Mumbai terror attacks.
The David Headley Confessions: Part I ‘How I became a jehadi’
The David Headley Confessions: Part-II ‘How I waged war on India’
November 13, 2010
Allah ho >>>cough<<<< GayBar!!
Stop throwing pork in our mosques now!!
Not sure what 'Allah ho Gaybar' is?"
Allah ho Gaybar splained[Video NSFW]
October 29, 2010
Hello, Dad? I'm in Jail. I like it here....
No, really. I just won an election from my jail cell even though I'm here for chopping off the hand of a blasphemous professor. How sweet is that?
October 15, 2010
Start with the man in the mirror, and then kill someone
In Kashmir they hate India, but they love the King of Pop.
October 08, 2010
TV Host Can't Get Over Politician's Name +
This was the direct cause of a major war between India and New Zealand that the rest of the world didn't notice.
Thanks to Kimber
Thanks to Lady in Black@AOS
September 04, 2010
South India: Professor's Right Hand Hacked Off By Radicals Loses Job
It's not nice to question da prophet:
Professor T J Joseph, whose right hand was chopped off by suspected activists of radical Muslim outfit Popular Front of India, was dismissed from service by his college in Kerala on Saturday for preparing a blasphemous question paper. "I am shattered. I never expected this. It is more painful than the attack," a shocked Joseph (52) said. "I have already spent a good amount on my treatment. I don't know how to go ahead."Radical Islam wins again...college authorities are wimps
College authorities justified the decision, saying they were "forced".
August 19, 2010
Ramadan Mubarak, Kashmir!
The traditional Ramadan "burning of the tires" in Kashmir.
Two allegedly "occupied" lands. Both the result of partition. Both with millions of "refugees".
One is in the news nearly every day. One is described as the cause of so much misery in the world. One is described as an occupier and oppressor.
The difference between India's "occupation" of Kashmir and of Israel's "occupation" of "Palestine"? Jews.
Antisemitism is more than the wish for the extermination of the Jewish people. It is also the double standard which holds Israel to a standard required of no other nation on Earth. Just ask the East Prussians.
July 31, 2010
Feminists/Leftists: All Muslim Women Have Choice When It Comes To Burqa Wearing
Maybe they should ask Sirin Middya and other Muslim women like her about this:
Sirin Middya, 24, a teacher with West Bengal’s first muslim university Alia, has refused to wear a burqa in classes. This has prevented her from taking classes for the last three months. There is no stipulation about burqa in the guidelines of the Alia University but the students’ union is adamant that teachers should wear burqas.What's wrong with this picture? A Student Union sets the rules? Screw that. Good on her for refusing and standing her ground.
Middya who joined as a guest lecturer at the University in March, got the ‘diktat’ in the second week of April that she would not be allowed to attend the college if she did not wear burqa. The University Grants Commission does not prescribe any such dress code. The unfortunate part is that students are forcing women teachers to wear burqa. Middya’s argument is that she has nothing against burqas but if she wears one at all it should be out of her free will.
Thanks to Robert who has more
July 05, 2010
Academic Freedom in India: Professor Gets Hands Chopped off for Defaming Islam
Okay, so it wasn't the government that chopped this poor guy's hand off -- it was a group of Islamists. But you'll notice that prior to the minions of the ROP catching up from him on his way home from church that his university had suspended him for writing an exam question deemed defamatory to jihadis. Since I find it hard to believe that any one could object to defaming jihadis, I can only assume that this means he said something offensive about Islam.
The last time I checked academic freedom was supposed to be about protecting ideas deemed controversial. I can think of no other idea today as controversial as the notion that political Islam is every bit as evil as Nazism or communism.
Five Jihadi fanatics today chopped of the hands of Malayalam Professor.Of course, this is India, a country which once banned The Jawa Report after blaming us -- not the terrorists -- for an attack in Mumbai. Apparently we provoked them.
A Malayalam professor T J Joseph of the Newman College, who is under suspension for preparing a defamatory question for an exam paper, was attacked by a gang of five men at Muvatupuzha when he was coming back from church.
His crime - A question prepared by the professor for a Exam was offensive to Jihadis.
June 10, 2010
Convicted Terrorist David Coleman Headley Questioned By India Justice Officials Regarding Mumbai Terror Probe
He had to if he wanted to stay alive. The martyr thing for him wasn't very appealing.
A convicted terrorist expected to testify against a Chicago businessman in connection with the Mumbai terror attacks has provided details to investigators from India, federal authorities said today.We have posted numerous articles on this so I direct you to our India archives
Department of Justice officials said David Coleman Headley was questioned by Indian law enforcement officials over seven days of interviews in Chicago.
Justice Department officials said there were no restrictions on what questions Indian officials could ask Headley.
Headley, a U.S. citizen of Pakistani descent, pleaded guilty in March to 12 counts of a federal indictment that accused him of traveling to India ahead of the November 2008 Mumbai attacks to scout locations for a Pakistani terror group[...]
In exchange for his guilty plea, Headley was spared from the death penalty and from being extradited to India, which also has the death penalty.
Rana's trial is scheduled to begin Nov. 1.
April 13, 2010
New Delhi – Several Injured In Radioactive Cobalt-60 Exposure
Five people suffering serious burns were hospitalized in West New Delhi this week from contact with radioactive material in a Delhi scrap market identified as Cobalt-60 which may be used for making a dirty bomb. Indian police cordoned off the 200 market stores and sealed nearby establishments up to a one-kilometer radius.No leads yet as to the source of the scrap metal.
Scrap dealer Deepak Jain and his helpers lost consciousness when they cut a piece of scrap metal. A white fluid oozed out causing the burns, Jain’s hair fell out and within minutes his skin turned black.
February 15, 2010
India: American Tied to Pune Attack
Scanning the headlines of the Indian press it seems that the Indians are convinced that American Daood "David Headley" Gilani had a hand in the attack late last week that killed 9 (that's up from the initial estimate of 8) at a restaurant frequented by foreigners and near a Jewish center.
Unfortunately many of the stories take on a conspiratorial air speculating that Headley was a double-agent for the CIA. This speculation is based on .... well, nothing. Not even uncomfirmed rumors. Just speculation that since Headley probably was a DEA informant that, well, I'm not sure how those two get conflated in the minds of those in the developing world, but they do.
Laying aside the conspiracy theories about Headley, it is more than mere speculation based on nothing to suggest that he had a hand in the attack. We know he helped do recon work for the Mumbai attack. We also know that Headley spent time in Pune doing precisely the same things he did in Mumbai.
Home Secretary G.K. Pillai Monday said there was a link between Saturday's Pune blast that killed nine people and the recce missions conducted by Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) suspect David Coleman Headley, and the government was trying to get access to him.Indian Muslims. Hmmmmmmm.....
"The Pune blast investigations are at an initial stage. We are pushing for access to David Headley. We cannot rule in or rule out a foreign hand," Pillai told NDTV news channel.
"There is a Headley link. It is too close to the Osho Ashram. We have no idea about who did it. We need some more days. The footwork is on," he said.
The home secretary also indicated the LeT's Karachi project used Indian Muslims for the attack on German Bakery, a popular eatery in Pune, Saturday.
Chicago Man Was Preparing More Attacks Against Jews in India
Chicago Man Charged in Mumbai Massacre
What if an American Was the Next Khalid Shiekh Mohammad?
Chicago Man Knew of Mumbai Attacks in Advance, Congratulated Killers
People Waking up to American Involved in Mumbai Bombings?
Chicago Man Suspected of Helping Plot Mumbai Massacre
Chicago Terror Suspect David Headley Carried A Book With Him "How To Pray Like A Jew".
Mohammad Cartoon Plot Arrests in Chicago Linked to Immigration Company
FBI Raids Muslim Meat Packing Plant
February 13, 2010
Islamists Bomb Jewish/Euro Target in India Killing 8, American Implicated
Reuters makes sure to point out that the police in India are telling us "not to jump to conclusions". Okay, we won't. This isn't jumping to conclusions: violent Islamists did this. Beginning and end of story.
Probably Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT), the group that brought you the Mumbai massacre, had a hand in it. You'll remember that many of the communications between Chicago's David Headley and his LeT handlers were for him to quit focusing on attacking Denmark and spend his time scoping out targets in India instead. In addition to helping do recon work for the Mumbai attacks, Headley spent time in many additional communities in India -- sometimes posing as a Jew himself in order to case Jewish targets.
Headley's passport showed that he visited Pune, the city where today's attack took place. This is a strong indication that LeT was behind the attack. While I'll admit it's speculation, the links between the LeT and Headley's visit to Pune at their behest are too glaringly obvious to overlook. Just like his "business trips" to Mumbai, odds are that Headley was in Pune with a view in mind of finding suitable targets for a terror attack by the LeT.
All of this suggests that:
a) LeT was behind the attack
b) that an American may have helped plan it.
[inserted update] A Times of India article linked by Robert Spencer (and not nearly as PC as Reuters) notes that while in Pune, David Headley stayed at the Ashram Center which is located adjacent to the restaurant which was targeted. The restaurant was frequented by the center's European visitors. /update
But if not LeT, India has its fair share of Islamist radicals. And the long border with Pakistan also make it a prime target for other Pakistani based jihad groups.
A bomb ripped through a packed restaurant in the Indian city of Pune on Saturday, killing at least eight people including one foreigner in the country's first big attack since the 2008 Mumbai massacre...Reuters then goes on to explain the history of terrorist bombings in India. But then points out it could have been Hindu extremists.
Police said the bomb was hidden in a bag left in the German Bakery restaurant, a favorite of Jewish and European visitors, when it was full of tourists on Saturday evening.
"We heard a big noise and we all rushed out. The impact was so much that there were tiny body parts everywhere," said Vinod Dhale, an employee at the bakery....
Debris was strewn all around the bakery, located near an ashram or religious retreat which is also frequented by foreigners, and a Jewish center.
Hindu extremists. Right. Hindu extremists often target Jews. /sarc
Thanks to Square Mile Wife.
February 11, 2010
Mumbai Terror Lawyer Murdered
Vigilantism in India? Remember, he's defending one of the suspects:
The lawyer for one of the suspects in the 2008 Mumbai terror attack was shot dead Thursday, police and a colleague said.Tragic. Even terrorists need lawyers. In an ideal world they'd be given a swift, fair trial. And then shot.
Shahid Azmi was representing Fahim Ansari, an Indian national accused of helping facilitate the attack on India's financial capital in November 2008.
A lawyer colleague of Azmi, Rashid Mirza, said unidentified men opened fire on Azmi near his home in suburban Mumbai.
February 09, 2010
Pakistan, India, Netherlands Against Free Speech and Religion
The common theme speaks for itself.
A court in Faisalabad, Pakistan, sentenced to life imprisonment Imran Masih, a young Christian, for having insulted and desecrated the Koran, according to the Minorities Concern newsletter.India:
Islam or any other religion can be criticised, but a malicious criticism aimed at promoting communal hatred and painting the whole community as villainous is not permissible, Bombay High Court held today.Netherlands:
Wilders, in the bizarre inquisition that has replaced justice in the Dutch courts, is accused of offending Muslims by pointing out that Muslims invoke the Qur'an and Muhammad's example to justify violence.
December 10, 2009
Report: Chicago Man Was Preparing More Attacks Against Jews in India
It's DEBKA, but it sounds plausible given that a) Daood "David Headley" Gilani had laid the groundwork for the massacre at Mumbai's Chabad house; b) Instructions on "how to pray like a Jew" were found on Headley when he was arrested by the FBI; c) the initial complaint against Headley have conversations in which his handlers urge him to focus more on India than his own plans of attacking targets in Denmark.
It should be remembered that Headley's job with Lashkar-e-Toiba seemed to have been reconnaissance. The report is all the more troubling, if true, because what if the recon had already been done and the attacks already planned?
US and Indian security sources say the arrest of the Pakistan-born American David Coleman Headley in Chicago on suspicion of complicity in the Mumbai terrorist atrocity in Nov. 2008 found him fully prepared to mount a wave of attacks this month on Israeli El Al airline offices, synagogues and Chabad hospitality centers across India, DEBKAfile's counter-terror sources report.Thanks to Ronin.
A key figure in an al Qaeda-linked cell in Chicago, Headley changed his name from Daood Gilani to travel as an American without incurring suspicion. Four months after the Mumbai siege, in which 170 people lost their lives in including six Americans, he was back in India on the same mission as before: selecting targets, advance surveillance, laying in secret caches of explosives and firearms for the Lashkar e-Taibe operatives to pick up on the sites of attack, and determining their exit point.
November 17, 2009
What if an American Was the Next Khalid Shiekh Mohammad? (UPDATED)
My latest article for PJM "U.S. Now Exports Terror: American Linked to Mumbai Attack". It ties together several posts I've written here on the potential involvement of a Chicago area man in India's 9/11 -- the Mumbai terror attacks.
Here's a teaser:
Since the 9/11 attacks, conventional wisdom has held that acts of terror on U.S. soil would most likely come from abroad. Much time and effort has been spent on beefing up border security to make sure the next Mohammad Atta never reaches the homeland. Yet the massacre at Fort Hood by Major Nidal Hasan underscored what has long been known in counterterrorism circles: Muslims born and raised in the U.S. might become radicalized and perpetrate acts of terror here at home, and more resources need to be directed inward.Read the rest and then pass it on.
Now, a string of arrests by the FBI over the past year has raised awareness of a new phenomenon: there exist Americans who wish to commit acts of terror abroad....
Late last month, two arrests in Chicago seemed to confirm a pattern of American citizens wishing to engage in acts of terror abroad but failing. But new reports from India indicate that at least one of the two arrested may have been involved in planning the coordinated attacks in Mumbai last year. Those attacks killed 173 people and have been described as India’s 9/11.
I'm really at a loss as to why this isn't front page news here in the US. An American possibly involved in the planning stages of the worst terror attack in India in recent history? It's all over the Indian press but somehow our superiors in the MSM --- and even most bloggers --- have chosen to ignore this. In my mind it's a big deal.
Especially given that the first Mumbai attacks, several years before the one last year, were blamed by the Indian government on me. Yes, yours truly was fingered as inciting Muslims. My fault for printing not-so-flattering images of Muhammad and the Koran, you see. Muslims are like children not responsible for their own actions.
Well, it seems that India was right on one account: an American may have been to blame and I'm glad their general attitude has changed towards blaming terrorists rather than towards those that mock them.
Like I said, pass this along.
UPDATE: It looks like the Canadian press is begining to pick up on the connection between Tahawar Rana -- a Canadian citizen -- and the Mumbai massacre. CTV had this report: [Had to move the video below the fold. Scroll down to see it. Sorry.]
And the Canadian Prime Minister toured Mumbai yesterday, including the Chabad house. Seven people were murdered there during the Mumbai attacks. Four months prior to the attacks Rana's accomplice, Chicago's Daood "David Headley" Gilani cased out the Chabad house claiming that he was Jewish and in need of a place to stay.
Thanks to Writer Mom and Square Mile Wife.
November 14, 2009
Chicago Man Suspected of Helping Plot Mumbai Massacre?
We already knew that Daood Gilani (aka, David Headley) had made "business trips" to Pakistan to meet with at least two terror organizations. We also already knew that his contacts with the Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorists had discouraged him from pursuing his plot against Denmark's Jyllands-Posten newspaper in favor of targets in India.
What is new here -- or, at least, something that didn't stick out in my mind before -- is that "Headley" made several trips to India, including Mumbai. It gets worse: two of the hotels he stayed at were the main targets in the attack.
Coincidence? Maybe. They are popular hotels catering to Westerners. But given that he went to Coppenhagen multiple times in order to plan attacks -- including one trip in which he actually met with staff in the Jyllands-Posten building -- it wouldn't be a stretch to infer that his trips to Mumbai might also have been for the same purpose.
And if that isn't the inference being made by authorities in India, then why write an entire article on the connection?
The passport shows that Headley visited New Delhi, Mumbai, Kochi, Pune, Ahmedabad, Lucknow and Agra between 2006-2009--trips investigators suspect were recces for terrorist attack conspiracies.
Headley, while visiting Mumbai in March 2006, listed Hotel Trident as a place of residence. He stayed at guesthouse near the CST Railway Terminus and he booked a room at the Taj Hotel. The Trident, the Taj, and the CST terminus were three main targets of terrorists during the November 2008 attacks.
All the more disturbing when you remember that Headley and his co-conspirator Tahawar Rana ran an immigration service. I'm sure the FBI is looking into exactly who the pair helped get into our borders, but it's a reminder that immigration is not just an economic issue but a national security priority.
Thanks to Newbie.
February 12, 2009
Indian editor and publisher arrested for insulting muslims
How did Ravindra Kumar and Anand Sinha insult muslims? By publishing an article by Johann Hari, titled Why should I respect these oppressive religions?.
The article states how the organization of the islamic conference, OIC, has pushed through the UN a bill based on shariah law to silence criticism of religions (specifically islam). Johann wrote one paragraph highlighting how islamic countries treat their women, children and dissidents. Then there's the offending statement.
I don't respect the idea that we should follow a "Prophet" who at the age of 53 had sex with a nine-year old girl, and ordered the murder of whole villages of Jews because they wouldn't follow him.
The above statement is true and yet this offended muslims in India. When are we going to see muslims burn the quran and hadiths for pointing out things that apparently offend them?
From Straits Times
Ravindra Kumar, editor of the Kolkata-based Statesman, and Anand Sinha were arrested and later bailed on Wednesday after a local Muslim leader complained about the piece, which was first published in Britain's Independent newspaper.
The article by columnist Johann Hari was entitled 'Why should I respect these oppressive religions?' and contained allegations about Mohammed's life and his treatment of Jews.
On Wednesday about 1,000 Muslims burned copies of The Statesman, one of India's oldest English-language newspapers, outside its Kolkata head office in protest.
Kumar and Sinha have been charged with 'committing a deliberate act with malicious intent to outrage religious feelings.'
January 28, 2009
India's Most Wanted Terrorist Killed
Several news agencies are now reporting that Abu Hamza, India's most wanted Kashmir based terrorist, has been killed in a gun battle. Hamza is the commander of Al-Badr, a break off of Jaish-e-Mohammed, which is the military wing of the Pakistani based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).
You may remember LeT from such recent acts of terror as the Mumbai massacre.
How did the Muslim community respond to Hamza's death?
Later hundreds of Muslim mourners, shouting "we want freedom", took to the streets with Hamza's body.Good riddance to Hamza, but it's more than a bit troubling that someone like him could be regarded as a "freedom fighter" to so many. Fighting for what kind of freedom? For the pluralistic and secular governance of Indian Kashmir to be replaced by the oppression of religious Islamic law. That's some 'freedom' you're fighting for there.
January 08, 2009
Handlers Of Mumbai Terrorists Cheer As Hostages Are Killed
Bill Roggio gives a synopsis of the dossier given to the Pakistani government by India. It's chilling, to say the least.
The Pakistan-based handlers provided real-time intelligence and directed the terrorists to killed specific hostages.
The exchange between Mumbai terrorists Fahadullah and Abdul Rehman operating at the Trident Hotel and their Pakistani handlers provides a terrifying look at the minds of the masterminds behind the attack. The exchange shows they planned and executed the attack for maximum media coverage, ordered the murder of hostages, and cheered after the murders were carried out.
“Brother Abdul. The media is comparing your action to 9/11,” one unidentified handler said. “One senior police official has been killed,” referring to the chief of the Anti-Terrorism Squad killed in an earlier gunfight.
“We are on the10th/11th floor,” Abdul Rehman responded. “We have five hostages.”
“Everything is being recorded by the media,” the handler identified as Kafa told Rehman. “Inflict the maximum damage. Keep fighting. Don’t be taken alive.”
“Kill all hostages, except the two Muslims,” the other handler told Rehman and Fahadullah. “Keep your phone switched on so that we can hear the gunfire.”
“We have three foreigners, including women,” Fahadullah said. “From Singapore and China.”
“Kill them,” the handler said.
According to the dossier, Abdul Rehman and Fahadullah are recorded ordering all of the hostages except for two Muslims to stand in line. The terrorists then shot and killed the hostages.
The handlers are heard cheering in the background. Kafa then orders the Trident-based terrorists to “find the way to go downstairs.”
Of course, it should come as no surprise to those of us who have followed the actions of these Islamist scum for some time now. Still, these are some sick bastards.
Link found at HotAir.
December 26, 2008
Mumbai Massacre Victims Were Sexual Assaulted & Their Genitalia Mutilated
Via Gateway Pundit
Disturbing photographs made available to this newspapers by police sources indicate that several of the guests at the Taj Mahal Hotel during the siege November 26 were sexually humiliated by the terrorists and then shot dead.
Police sources confirm that even as the terrorists were engaged in a fierce combat with NSG commandos, they were humiliating their hostages before ending their terrifying ordeal[...]
"Even the Rabbi and his wife at Nariman House were sexually assaulted and their genitalia mutilated," said a senior officer of the investigating team, not wishing to be quoted.
Sick, twisted, bastardly Islamic terrorists. ROP my arse. Inshallahasheed and Yousef al-Khattab praised these f'n assmaggots.
Indian courts should order castration of the last surviving terrorist. Next, wrap it in bacon and send it to the Pakistani ISI.
Pakistani Troops Moved From Afghan Border To India Border
Score one for the Taliban and alQaeda.
The movement of Afghanistan troops to India border sucks for our military and coalition forces.
Pakistan is using a "show of force" against India for fear India will strike them because of the Mumbai terror attack. Pakistan still doesn't believe its citizens had anything to do with the attacks and are asking for more proof. I say this:
Pakistan doesn't want to admit their citizens and ISI were involved.