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7/11 Mumbai; This is jihad: Kanchan Gupta

http://tinyurl.com/j6jts This is jihad The holy warriors who carried out the 7/11 bombings in Mumbai may be members of local sleeper cells of the LeT and SIMI but the battle they are fighting is part of the global war being waged by Osama bin Laden and his Al Qaeda. With Islamism finding an increasing number of converts in India, Osama and his generals will now find it easier to deploy foot soldiers in our country to push the frontiers of jihad, writes Kanchan Gupta I don't speak, of course, to the vultures who seeing the September 11 images scornfully giggle 'Good. Americans-got-it-good'. I speak to the people who, though neither stupid nor evil, delude themselves in pietism or uncertainty or doubt. And to them I say: Wake up, folks, wake up! As intimidated as you are by the fear of going against the stream... you don't understand or don't want to understand that a Reverse Crusade is on march. As blinded as you are by the myopia and the stupidity of the Politica

SIMI: A Simmering Fire

By Balbir K. Punj SIMI had published and pasted posters ‘Waiting for Ghaznavi?’ which invoked the advent of another Mahmud Ghaznavi to ‘liberate’ India from clutches of Hindus. On March 28, 2001 SIMI’s national President Dr. Shahid Badr Falahi defended SIMI’s action saying that Mahmund Ghaznavi was a liberator of oppressor and weaker! 'BLASTS have LeT, SIMI stamp’ says The Times of India (July 12, 2006) about Mumbai serial blasts of July 11. The media is quoting credible information, from well placed sources in Uttar Pradesh police and state intelligence agencies that Students’ Islamic Militia of India (SIMI) is regrouping under the very nose of Mulayam Singh government. The UPA government, its secularism not withstanding, on April 21 last, retained the ban on SIMI under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967. The NDA government had disbanded this militant brotherhood under Section 3(1) of the same Act. On July 6 last, the Supreme Court rejected a petition filed by the banned

Tackling Terrorism: Soft state or absent state?

By Ram Madhav The government knew about the activities of SIMI, its links with organisations not only in Pakistan but also in Bangladesh and Nepal; and the fact that Nepal is fast becoming a hideout for terror outfits. Have you seen the visuals of the aftermath of the Mumbai blasts? One feels ashamed at sight of people—dead and injured—being carried on simple blankets and gunny sheets by ordinary citizens in a most rudimentary manner. Contrast it with similar visuals elsewhere in the world when such incidents happen. You will find blaring of eerie sirens from ambulances and police vehicles, stretchers, trained volunteers and doctors… everything in a matter of minutes. One can understand our unpreparedness if the incident had taken place at a remote place. It happens in Mumbai, the commercial capital of the country. It happens to that city, which has been high on the target list of the dreaded Islamic terrorists, and don’t forget that everyone in the government and outside knew about

7/11 : Woman Mohan and Congress, Modi-fy your backbone

www.dailypioneer.com/ Modify your backbone Swapan Dasgupta | When defeatism parades as enlightenment, you know that something has to give way. We need a leader who can call a spade a spade, brook no nonsense and do what is right. We need a man the jihadis dread and loath. We also know that such a leader exists. It is time we stopped being afraid of mentioning his name. There are some moments in the life of a nation when people eschew individualism and look for leadership. I don't know whether history will record the carnage of July 11 as a defining point for our country - just as the Jallianwala Bagh massacre in 1919 was for our grandfathers, the fall of France in 1940 was for the British, and September 11, 2001 was for a majority of Americans. It is not the scale of a disaster that prompts a country to break with the past. A decisive shift in a nation's collective way of thinking is invariably provoked by a corresponding feeling of vulnerability and helplessness.

8 suspects held, 2 flee to Pak

- By Rakesh K. Singh and Somendra Sharma http://www.asianage.com New Delhi/Mumbai, July 14: The Intelligence Bureau and state police forces have detained eight persons so far, two each from Delhi and Gujarat and four others from Maharashtra, for suspected involvement in the recent serial blasts in Mumbai. Acting on leads provided by persons already detained, the IB has also established that two terrorists have fled to Pakistan via different routes, pointing to the use of unrelated modules for carrying out the blasts, intelligence sources said. While a suspect, Mohammad Fayaz, went to Pakistan via Iran, an accomplice, Zuber Ansari, went to Pakistan via the porous border with Nepal after carrying out the blasts, the sources said. Ansari had been in Mumbai for over a month prior to Tuesday’s attacks, the sources said. In Mumbai, meanwhile, the police on Thursday night arrested Mohammad Ilyas Wali Ahmed, 35, for entering the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in disguise. He was

How India's Elite is Consciously Selling Out India's Nuclear Strengths

Deal pushers - By Brahma Chellaney The events that have followed since the nuclear deal was signed a year ago in Washington have tracked almost perfectly with what was apparent to all but the na├»ve and the suborned. The more the deal has unfolded, the greater the US demands have turned out to be and the clearer it has become that India is being made to accept exceptionally noxious obligations that no other nuclear power will stoop to even consider. To the acute embarrassment of the now-taciturn Prime Minister who has relied on a few self-serving bureaucrats, none of his assurances to the nation has come true. Nary has a word been said by the PM since the US Senate and House committees rewrote the basic provisions of the deal and attached a string of demeaning conditions applicable to India. What was touted as a "deal" has turned into an undisguised diktat by a patron seeking to anoint a client. The PM’s silence has been deafening. Even the voluble foreign secretary, eve

7/11 terror in Mumbai: who is responsible? What can be done?

http://www.hindu.com/2006/ 07/12/stories/2006071208921100.htm This article gives the tell-tale links of the Mumbai blasts to earlier terror attacks. The proof of sincerity of Musharraf's condemnation of terror can be proved by a number of interventions. Indian troops should be sent into Waziristan to assist US-led Afghan government to apprehend Dawood and hand over the terror perpetrator to India. If Musharraf dodges the issue of closing down terror training camps in the occupied part of Jammu and Kashmir, India should take them down through military intervention. Do these actions require prior approval of or intimation to US government? I don't think so. India is too big a nation to be seen to be as a US chamcha (unfortunately though, there are many of them found loafing around 10 Janpath). We have seen how Israel honors its soldiers. We should see the same level of honor given to the soldiers of India who are relentlessly defending India's sovereignty despite the great

The Economic Reconstruction of Afghanistan and the Role of Uzbekistan

Key Points * Present international efforts for the post-conflict economic rehabilitation of Afghanistan have been largely ineffective, mainly because the potential for cooperation between Afghanistan and its neighbours has been left untapped. * Successful reconstruction of Afghanistan will require consolidation of the efforts of the main aid donors and neighbouring states in a radical international programme. * Future work by the international community should focus on: - reconstruction of Afghanistan’s transport system; - stimulation of industrial and agricultural cooperation between Afghanistan and its neighbours, including Uzbekistan. * Uzbekistan has the potential to play an important role in the rehabilitation of Afghanistan’s northern provinces, with the support of the international community. * The general restoration and development of Afghanistan could have important global effects, reducing the differences between the economic development of the littoral and continental regi

Red Alert: Hezbollah's Motives

Hezbollah's decision to increase operations against Israel was not taken lightly. The leadership of Hezbollah has not so much moderated over the years as it has aged. The group's leaders have also, with age, become comfortable and in many cases wealthy. They are at least part of the Lebanese political process, and in some real sense part of the Lebanese establishment. These are men with a radical past and of radical mind-set, but they are older, comfortable and less adventurous than 20 years ago. Therefore, the question is: Why are they increasing tensions with Israel and inviting an invasion that threatens their very lives? There are three things to look at: the situation among the Palestinians, the situation in Lebanon and the situation in the Islamic world. But first we must consider the situation in Hezbollah itself. There is a generation gap in Hezbollah. Hezbollah began as a Shiite radical group inspired by the Iranian Islamic Revolution. In that context, Hezbollah repre

7/11 : Rhetoric, half-truths and terrorism

By Arindam Banerjee Half truths seem to have become quite a rhetorical weapon in the hands of terrorists and their supporters – consider the odd case of half-liar K. Sidharth who writes in http://www.countercurrents.org/ind-sidharth130706.htm “It cannot be excluded that yesterday’s atrocity in Mumbai was organized or facilitated by agents provocateurs working for one of India’s intelligence agencies or that elements within the security forces allowed the terrorist attack to take place, with the aim of panicking the public into accepting increased repressive powers for the state. It is also possible that the Mumbai bombings were the work of Hindu supremacist fanatics bent on stoking up anti-Muslim violence.” – so, apparently he wants us to believe that the Indians did it. [Note: apparently, even the ideologues at countercurrents.org could not stand the putrid thinking enshrined in Sidharth’s article – so, they removed it, today] Let’s analyze this fictional hypothesis, a little…

IntelliBriefs: Modi Heads To Mumbai To Protect Hindus

The BJP will be sending its Hindutva face, Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi, to Mumbai to participate in a two-day nationwide campaign against terrorism. Leader of the Opposition L.K. Advani will tour Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh while party chief Rajnath Singh will be in Nagpur for the campaign. The two-day campaign will be on July 15-16. The BJP, which has stepped up attack against the Centre for being “soft” on terrorism, has decided that Mr Modi, with his hardcore Hindutva image, would be the “best bet” to consolidate its Hindutva vote bank in Maharashtra.Incidentally, the decision to despatch Mr Modi was taken in consultation with the Shiv Sena. The RSS also indicated that the Maharashtra was “ripe” for the “use of leaders like Mr Modi”, a senior party functionary said. The functionary also talked of Mr Modi’s “huge fan following” In Mumbai. He recalled that after the Gujarat riots, when Mr Modi addressed a rally at Mumbai, the “turnout was mammoth”. IntelliBriefs: Modi Heads

Modi Heads To Mumbai To Protect Hindus

The BJP will be sending its Hindutva face, Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi, to Mumbai to participate in a two-day nationwide campaign against terrorism. Leader of the Opposition L.K. Advani will tour Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh while party chief Rajnath Singh will be in Nagpur for the campaign. The two-day campaign will be on July 15-16. The BJP, which has stepped up attack against the Centre for being “soft” on terrorism, has decided that Mr Modi, with his hardcore Hindutva image, would be the “best bet” to consolidate its Hindutva vote bank in Maharashtra.Incidentally, the decision to despatch Mr Modi was taken in consultation with the Shiv Sena. The RSS also indicated that the Maharashtra was “ripe” for the “use of leaders like Mr Modi”, a senior party functionary said. The functionary also talked of Mr Modi’s “huge fan following” In Mumbai. He recalled that after the Gujarat riots, when Mr Modi addressed a rally at Mumbai, the “turnout was mammoth”. Only 24 hours ago, Mr Advan

Raptors to bring air superiority to Northern Edge 2006

5/10/2006 - HICKAM AIR FORCE BASE, Hawaii (AFPN) -- The Air Force’s newest fighter, the F-22A Raptor, will make its Pacific-region debut in exercise Northern Edge 2006 in June. Twelve F-22As from the 1st Fighter Wing at Langley Air Force Base, Va., along with U.S. military units stationed in the continental United States and the Pacific theater, will participate in this joint training exercise. It is hosted by U.S. Alaskan Command and is scheduled for June 5 to 16 on and above central Alaska ranges and the Gulf of Alaska. “The Raptor is the key to defeating deadly next-generation threats to today’s aircraft. (They) can strike deep and fast, day or night, paving the way for friendly air, land and sea forces to operate at will without interference from an opposing air force,” said Col. Russ Handy, 1st Fighter Wing vice commander. “With its combination of stealth, supercruise speed, advanced avionics, air-to-air and air-to-ground capabilities, the F-22A’s survivability and striking p

Middle East Crisis: Backgrounder

Israel lives with three realities: geographic, demographic and cultural. Geographically, it is at a permanent disadvantage, lacking strategic depth. It does enjoy the advantage of interior lines -- the ability to move forces rapidly from one front to another. Demographically, it is on the whole outnumbered, although it can achieve local superiority in numbers by choosing the time and place of war. Its greatest advantage is cultural. It has a far greater mastery of the technology and culture of war than its neighbors. Two of the realities cannot be changed. Nothing can be done about geography or demography. Culture can be changed. It is not inherently the case that Israel will have a technological or operational advantage over its neighbors. The great inherent fear of Israel is that the Arabs will equal or surpass Israeli prowess culturally and therefore militarily. If that were to happen, then all three realities would turn against Israel and Israel might well be at risk. That is wh

Mumbai Terror - Manmohan Singh in Denial ?

Mumbai Terror - Manmohan Singh in Denial ? The day after the serial bomb blasts in commuter trains in Mumbai, the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh addressed the nation on the state owned public broadcaster Doordarshan. Dr. Manmohan Singh talked about trauma of terrorism, called the incidents an hour of grief, and paid tribute to all those who showed courage and humanism. He praised the resilience and resolve of the people and called the terrorists merchants of death and destruction. Dr. Singh's address had more rhetoric on how India stands tall and how the terrorists will not win. Lasting a little less than 3 minutes, the address goes to highlight once again the abject state of denial in which the Manmohan Singh Government finds itself in. To begin with in his entire address Dr. Singh makes no mention, none whatsoever about what is the nature of the terrorism India is now facing. Dr. Singh displays his mental state of denial by not even acknwoledging what is the problem of te