How CNN almost got a British couple killed during the Mumbai massacre.
I knew the MSM was useless, but I didn’t know they were a positive danger.
More from the Mumbai massacre: captured civilians were tortured before being killed, with special attention being paid to the Jews at Nariman House.
Asked specifically if he was talking of torture marks, [a doctor] said: "It was apparent that most of the dead were tortured. What shocked me were the telltale signs showing clearly how the hostages were executed in cold blood," one doctor said.
The other doctor, who had also conducted the post-mortem of the victims, said: "Of all the bodies, the Israeli victims bore the maximum torture marks. It was clear that they were killed on the 26th itself. It was obvious that they were tied up and tortured before they were killed. It was so bad that I do not want to go over the details even in my head again," he said.
Corroborating the doctors’ claims about torture was the information that the Intelligence Bureau had about the terror plan. "During his interrogation, Ajmal Kamal said they were specifically asked to target the foreigners, especially the Israelis," an IB source said.
LINKS: At The Belmont Club, a Marine officer reflects on the Mumbai terrorists’ tactics. Power Line has another entry about India’s test, this time with comments from a State Department official. Fausta wonders if Mumbai wasn’t a test-run for something bigger.
Strongest among men in enmity to the believers wilt thou find the Jews and Pagans; and nearest among them in love to the believers wilt thou find those who say, "We are Christians": because amongst these are men devoted to learning and men who have renounced the world, and they are not arrogant.
Emphasis added. In Islam, Muslims are "believers." Hindus are "pagans," for they are not monotheists. The Muslim attackers at Mumbai were merely striking at those whom they see as their greatest enemies. As for the reference to the Christians, the apparent benevolence extends only to those Christians who accept Muhammad’s message, as the next two verses after the one quoted above show. If you don’t accept, well….
UPDATE II: This is a photo of Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and his wife, Rivka, who were tortured and murdered by Muslim terrorists at Nariman House, for the "crime" of being Jews:
(courtesy: Israel Matzav)
(hat tip: The Jawa Report)
Just a couple of interesting links to share tonight, both related to the jihadist assault on Mumbai.
At EagleSpeak, Eagle1 provides excerpts from Indian newspapers detailing how the Muslim terrorists reached Mumbai by sea, and the sad fate of the crew whose ship they hijacked.
Meanwhile, Power Line forwards a thought-provoking message from "a well-informed reader" about the implications of India’s test. Here’s a excerpt:
If Al Qaeda and its terrorist allies wanted to serve a reminder that they declared World War IV on the civilized world (to borrow Norman Podhoretz’s formulation), they did so this week when they brazenly attacked the epicenter of the world’s fastest-growing economy, targeting Westerners and assassinating key enforcers of the anti-terror law enforcement network in Mumbai, India.
The terrorist attacks on India’s commercial center, the bustling 19 million person city of Mumbai (formerly known as Bombay), must serve as a wake-up call to a lethargic and infighting Indian government that has thus far failed to respond aggressively to a series of deadly attacks on Indian soil. Indeed, in over a dozen attacks on India over the past four years, no nation except Iraq has lost more of its people to terrorist attacks. And no less than the battle for Iraq, the battle for India must be won if civilized, democratic, free market economies are to triumph over terrorists.
The Democrats’ fantasies aside, this is not a police matter. This is war.
See you tomorrow!
We have just seen a disaster unfold in Mumbai, India where gunmen took over the most expensive and popular hotels in town. We don’t know where the death toll will end in this protracted terror event.
In America we have disarmed virtually all of the hotel security people long ago. The very people that know the facilities, guests and trusted employees have to run away and call 911. They are people with marginal security training and zero firearms experience.
Restaurants are the softest targets since security is nearly unheard of. It’s time for every soft target business that hosts crowds of people to rethink their internal security while they have a chance.
American malls are perfect terror targets since they never have armed security and host big crowds especially this time of year. Any small group of committed gunmen could turn a mall like L.A. Beverly Center to a killing field with a few guns and some gasoline. The police would be afraid to enter the malls during a terror event for fear of making matters worse.
And we’ve just entered the height of the shopping season….
John Thompson at Canada’s National Post imagines what security people in North America must be thinking, about now:
Hotels, office towers and apartment buildings represent large concentrations of people with few access points. They have all been favourite targets for truck bombs for many years, but some counter-terror officers have often wondered how long it would be before some group of gunmen tried to control these buildings rather than destroy them. This is the future face of terrorism.
Ask any infantryman or SWAT-trooper about how much they would like to hunt through a high rise for terrorists who are holding hostages: not much. Buildings soak up manpower (and munitions); and every confrontation tends to be at point-blank ranges. Clearing and securing such sites cannot be quick, easy or risk-free; and the terrorists have the time to do what they want with their captives.
When "red-teaming" potential attacks inside Western Europe and North America, counter-terror officials have often refused to even contemplate attacks like this. Mumbai-type attacks are seen as too complicated to war-game in training exercises. Moreover, the idea of a hostage situation with a gang of gunmen in a high-rise has been seen as too "Hollywood" ( Die Hard, to be more specific) to be tackled seriously.
This week’s Mumbai attacks should change this thinking. Our police and emergency responders have new standards that they will have to learn to meet — or else the same kind of tragedy could unfold here.
One hopes the LAPD and LA County Sheriff’s Department are staying up late reviewing their plans. I can think of an ideal terrorist attack for Los Angeles, and it wouldn’t take as many guys as Mumbai. And if I can think of it, some Knight of Allah already has.
Finally, Indian blogger Amit Varma asks a very good question:
People are calling this Mumbai’s 9/11. In the sense that this city will never be the same again, I agree. But in terms of what we do about it, I’m not sure.
Once it was clear that 9/11 was caused by al-Qaeda, the US went after them, not bothering with niceties like their geographical location. From the information available at the time of writing this, it seems that we can soon be equally certain of who’s behind this. So what will we do?
I’ll be honest, Amit. If this atrocity really was perpetrated by Lashkar-e-Toiba, or some other group sponsored by Pakistan’s ISI, I don’t see how India can avoid going to war with Pakistan, unless Pakistan dismantles this group and purges the ISI. I don’t think the new government in Islamabad is strong enough to do that, however. And, if they don’t, New Delhi cannot let this pass unpunished. No government could let so many of its citizens and foreign guests be killed and do nothing.
Believe me, we’ve been there.
After two days of jihadist mayhem in the Indian financial center of Mumbai, things are finally coming to a close there, at least a far as combat is concerned, with Indian commandos still searching for one crazed Muslim gunman in the Taj Mahal hotel and the dead still being counted.
Questions remain regarding just who was behind this atrocity, although, naturally, Muslim wallowers in victimhood are blaming, wait for it … the Jews and the Hindus!
Why am I not surprised?
Even an Australian professor buys into the crap that Hindus might have done this. I guess that just goes to show that having a PhD and being intelligent don’t necessarily go hand in hand.
Let’s face it, folks. Like 9-11, like the train bombings in Madrid and the subway bombings in London, like the Beslan school massacre and the Bali nightclub bombing, like the attack on the Marine barracks in Beirut in 1983 and the 1979 seizure of the US Embassy in Tehran, like thousands of other outrages over these last 30 years, this is jihad fi sabil Allah.
War for the sake of Allah.
The Qur’an, the hadith, and all the major schools of Islamic jurisprudence are clear on this point: it is a Muslim’s highest duty to wage war against the infidel until he converts to Islam or submits to Muslim domination. This struggle can take many forms, but, again, the pinnacle of jihad is to fight the unbeliever:
Lo! Allah hath bought from the believers their lives and their wealth because the Garden will be theirs: they shall fight in the way of Allah and shall slay and be slain. It is a promise which is binding on Him in the Torah and the Gospel and the Qur’an. Who fulfilleth His covenant better than Allah? Rejoice then in your bargain that ye have made, for that is the supreme triumph.
Am I saying every Muslim is a jihadi anxious to kill and be killed for a promise of paradise (and 72 sexually easy virgins)? No, of course not. There are tens of millions who want to live peacefully with their neighbors. But it is just as true that there are tens of millions who sympathize with the jihadist goals, the dominance of Islam and the imposition of sharia law across the globe, and they are all motivated by orthodox Islamic theology. Like the general manager of al-Arabiya TV once said,
It is certainly true that not all Muslims are terrorists, however, sadly we say that the majority of terrorists in the world are Muslims.
The problem isn’t “root causes” in poverty or Western imperialism. It’s not “misunderstanders” of the Religion of Peace. The root of the problem, and the root of the last few days’ horrors in Mumbai, lies in the doctrines of Islamic supremacy and violent jihad that have been hardwired into Islamic theology from the days of Muhammad, himself.
The problem is Islam.
And until we are honest about this and stop indulging politically correct fantasies, more Mumbais (and New Yorks and Madrids and Londons and on and on) are inevitable.
Have I earned my fatwa, yet?
LINKS: As you’d expect, there’s lots of blogging on the Mumbai massacre. The best analysis of the attack itself and its implications comes from Bill Roggio at The Long War Journal. Forget the worthless mainstream media, TLWJ is where you want to go. Fausta has many updates and links. Ed Morrissey report that Pakistan’s intelligence chief has gone to Mumbai to “help.” One wonders if he’s more worried about Indian tanks rolling over what’s left of his nation, since it’s evident that a group with ties to Pakistan Intelligence was behind this attack. The Boston Globe provides graphic photos of the fighting. Meanwhile, al Qaeda is rejoicing over the slaughter of “pagan” Hindus. Phylllis Chesler wonders why Islamic leaders are so silent over this slaughter. One isn’t. Richard Fernandez, always worth reading, talks about a symphony of blood. Finally, the Mirror reports that seven of the jihadis were from the UK. Britain has a huge problem.
It seems Harry Reid is determined to get the result he wants in the Minnesota senate race (hint: It does not involve a Republican victory). That race was narrowly decided for incumbent Republican Senator Norm Coleman over Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party challenger Al Franken. The margin was only a few hundred votes, and so Minnesota has been conducting a mandatory recount. A few votes have shifted here and there, but it’s looking more and more as if Coleman will win by a razor-thin margin.
Thus, the Franken campaign has grown increasingly desperate and, in its desperation, has demanded that disqualified ballots be included in the recount. This is plainly against Minnesota law, as John Fund explains:
The problem with adding absentee ballots is state law. According to an advisory opinion issued last week by the office of Democratic state Attorney General Lori Swanson, "Only the ballots cast in the election and the summary statements certified by the election judges may be considered in the recount process." A recount manual prepared this year by the office of Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, also a Democrat, makes clear that the canvassing board only supervises "an administrative recount" that is "not to determine if absentee ballots were properly accepted."
Camp Franken wants all ballots counted, and is producing voters who claim their ballots were improperly disqualified, and it wants data on the rejected ballots so it can go talk to the individual voters. This seems a reach and, in fact, the Minnesota Canvassing Board rejected this attempt to add ballots after the election is over. Franken’s team will now probably file suit in the courts, which, again, I think would be denied. The state’s election law is clear in this matter.
This is where it gets really interesting. Senator Harry Reid (D-Hack), Senate Majority Leader, has expressed "concern" over the election process in Minnesota:
“Today’s decision by the Minnesota Canvassing Board not to count certain absentee ballots is cause for great concern," Reid said in a Wednesday afternoon statement. "As the process moves forward, Minnesota authorities must ensure that no voter is disenfranchised. A citizen’s right to have his or her vote counted is fundamental in our democracy."
Lurking in the background is a threat to have the Senate itself decide who won the election, and, given the Democratic majority, we can expect that winner to be Al Franken. The Constitution gives the Senate final authority in this matter:
Each House shall be the Judge of the Elections, Returns and Qualifications of its own Members, and a Majority of each shall constitute a Quorum to do Business; but a smaller number may adjourn from day to day, and may be authorized to compel the Attendance of absent Members, in such Manner, and under such Penalties as each House may provide.
–Article I, Section 5.
So, the rules are clear: Franken, if he loses the recount and loses in the courts, can make a final appeal to the Senate, where Democrats would love to come one step closer to a filibuster-proof majority.
The mind recoils, however, at the idea that the Senate of the United States would utterly subvert the will of the voters of Minnesota and overturn their democratic and legal processes. It would be nothing more than a naked power grab, a political coup. Even the veiled threat is a stupid thing to make, though no one has ever accused Reid of being a genius. I have to agree with John at Power Line, the blowback against the Democrats were Reid to follow-through on this would be tremendous.
And this again leads me to wonder about the Democratic Party’s commitment to democracy. In addition to the threat to make Franken a senator regardless of the election results, Democrats are also pushing for the Employee Free Choice Act, aka "card check," which will end secret ballot elections in labor unions. They also want to restore the Orwellian "Fairness Doctrine," with the aim of destroying conservative talk-radio and stifling dissent. They are allied with groups, such as ACORN, that engage in voter fraud.
So I ask again: what is democratic about the Democratic Party?
LINKS: Ed Morrissey at Hot Air sees the same subversion of democracy in what he calls the "sore loser strategy."
UPDATE: In the comments section, reader John makes a trenchant observation:
Funny how they didn’t care so much about about disenfranchising the voters of Michigan and Florida during the Democratic primary. That is, until the primary was all but decided.
Both states did break Party rules, and the problem was compounded by Chairman Dean’s ham-handed enforcement of them, but, yeah, the contrast does cast Senator Reid’s (D-Stooge) touching concern for Michigan voters in an ironic light. To say the least.
OK, that’s unfair of me to assume these maniacs were Muslims waging Jihad fi sabil Allah, "jihad for the sake of Allah." I’m sure they were really radical Mennonites protesting social injustice:
At least 40 people are reportedly being held hostage in Mumbai, India, by gunmen who targeted luxury hotels, a popular tourist attraction and a crowded train station in at least seven attacks that killed at least 78 in the nation’s financial capital, police and witnesses said.
At least 78 people were killed and 200 injured in the attacks, which began late Wednesday night, according to Johnny Joseph, the chief secretary of the state of Maharashtra, of which Mumbai is the capital.
Police were battling the gunmen, Maharashtra Police Commissioner A.N Roy said.
The attackers were apparently demanding to know if there were any US or British passport holders in the hotel, though there’s no word that they found any.
My guess is that this isn’t al-Qaeda, which prefers coordinated bombings or other spectacular assaults. This sounds more like another jihadi group, perhaps Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT), which has struck India before.
I’m sure at any minute some apologist will go on TV to tell us how these are just "misunderstanders of Islam."
The markets danced with joy at the announcement of Barack Obama’s appointment of New York Federal Reserve President Timothy Geithner to be Secretary of the Treasury. You’d have thought the Messiah-elect had found an Assistant Messiah. And maybe he’ll turn out to be just what the economy needs. But James Pethokoukis Of US News asks a very good question, one that should be posed at Geithner’s confirmation hearing:
"Mr. Geithner, the job of the New York Fed is to — now I am quoting its own web site — ‘supervise and regulate financial institutions in the Second District [Wall Street]. Its primary objective is to maintain safe and competitive U.S. and global banking systems.’ You have been in your current post since 2003 and during that time the U.S. financial system has come close to complete disintegration. Why do you deserve a promotion?"
Let’s hope some Republican* senator has the nerve to ask.
*(No, I don’t expect a Democrat ever would.)
To help save a filibuster. Governor Sarah Palin, with barely any time to rest after a lightning campaign and election defeat earlier this month, is heading to Georgia to help incumbent Republican Senator Saxby Chambliss win a tight runoff against a Democratic challenger, Jim Martin:
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is traveling back down to Georgia next Monday to do four last-minute campaign rallies in one day to help incumbent GOP Sen. Saxby Chambliss.
Chambliss is in an apparently close-fought runoff race there with Democrat Jim Martin and the balloting is the next day, Dec. 2. Big-name Democrats have jumped in to help the party reach for its 60-Senate-seat, filibuster-proof majority by knocking off yet another Republican incumbent.
Palin, who’s also been a successful party fundraiser, will do events for Chambliss from Augusta to Savannah to Perry and then Atlanta, probably just before the evening news on TV. What a coincidence in case any station wanted a live shot of the Republican celebrity!
This has significance both for Palin personally and the Republicans’ fortunes at a national level. With Alaska’s Ted Stevens going down to a well-deserved defeat (and likely prison) and Minnesota’s Norm Coleman struggling to survive against Al Franken in a recount, Chambliss represents part of a razor-thin potential two-seat edge keeping the Democrats from a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate. If the Republicans aren’t to be reduced to complete nonentities over the next two years, they have to retain the Georgia seat. Chambliss’s edge is only 3% with 3% undecided, so he needs all the help he can get.
For Sarah Palin, this is her first test to see if she has any real future as Republican standard-bearer and possible 2012 nominee. She was a huge draw for the conservative base, frankly more popular with Republicans than her running-mate, John McCain. If she continues to pull those kinds of crowds and can translate their enthusiasm into votes for Chambliss, she’ll go a long way to fleshing out any claim she might make to be the Republican leader.
I hope she helps Chambliss retain her seat. I like this woman a lot.
This is from 2003, and Gratia-Hupp is a former Texas State Representative. Too bad she’s not still in politics; we could use someone like her in Washington.
It’s stories like these that gradually converted me from an advocate of gun-control to a defender of the individual right to bear arms. It’s as SteveTN at Pax Parabellum likes to say, when you have only seconds to spare, help via 911 is minutes away.
Oh, and it’s always a pleasure to see Chuck Schumer squirm. The weasel.
(via reader Lance)
Iowahawk has the scoop. Obama appoints Clinton to Presidency:
Ending weeks of speculation and rumors, President-Elect Barack Obama today named Bill Clinton to join his incoming administration as President of the United States, where he will head the federal government’s executive branch.
"I am pleased that Bill Clinton has agreed to come out of retirement to head up this crucial post in my administration," said Obama. "He brings a lifetime of previous executive experience as Governor of Arkansas and President of the United States, and has worked closely with most of the members of my Cabinet."
Clinton said he was "excited and honored" by the appointment, and would work "day and night" to defeat all the key policy objectives proposed by Mr. Obama during the campaign.
"I am gratified that the President-Elect has entrusted me with this important responsibility," said Clinton. "I’m looking forward to getting back behind, and under, the Oval Office desk again. As I have told the President-Elect, I pledge to do whatever I can to serve his historic administration by making sure that none of that bullshit he talked about during the campaign will ever see the light of day. Americans can rest assured that he will be safely confined to the East Wing, as far away as possible from any potentially dangerous office equipment or nuclear buttons."
One Marine sharpshooter = 20 dead Taliban.
During the battle, the designated marksman single handedly thwarted a company-sized enemy RPG and machinegun ambush by reportedly killing 20 enemy fighters with his devastatingly accurate precision fire. He selflessly exposed himself time and again to intense enemy fire during a critical point in the eight-hour battle for Shewan in order to kill any enemy combatants who attempted to engage or maneuver on the Marines in the kill zone. What made his actions even more impressive was the fact that he didn’t miss any shots, despite the enemies’ rounds impacting within a foot of his fighting position.
“I was in my own little world,” the young corporal said. “I wasn’t even aware of a lot of the rounds impacting near my position, because I was concentrating so hard on making sure my rounds were on target.”
It was 250 Taliban against 30 Marines, and it was the brave, brave jihadis who broke and ran.
(via Michael Ledeen)
UPDATE: From the comments section of the linked article, the Marine marksman has been nominated for a Silver Star. Well done!
I’ve often said that an Obama administration would be the second term of Jimmy Carter (or maybe the first term of Henry Wallace), but, as far as foreign affairs goes, I may be wrong. Ed Morrissey looks at the people Obama is likely to appoint and sees continuity with George Bush — Bush the Elder, that is:
However, I see [Bush the Elder’s National Security Advisor Brent] Scowcroft as a huge improvement over Susan Rice, Robert Malley, and Samantha Power. The Scowcroftian school at least still understood the advantages of Israel as an ally. It also viewed American power as essential for a globalized economy, and its projection as a necessity, although in much less Wilsonian terms than Bush 43.
Based on his campaign rhetoric, Obama appeared to have adopted the Jimmy Carter/Zbigniew Brzezinksi foreign policy. I’ll take Brent Scowcroft any day of the week over the Carter/Brzezinski model.
Obama’s likely national security appointments include people like current Defense Secretary Gates, Council on Foreign Relations head Richard Haass, both Scowcroft protégés, and Indiana Senator Richard Lugar, who is also a member of the Realist school that Scowcroft follows.
I was an ardent Realist myself, until September 11th brought home to me the fatal flaws of such a cynical approach. Since then I’ve drifted somewhat toward neoconservative or Wilsonian views on foreign affairs, believing that America is best served and protected by the expansion of democratic governments around the world. We should also be wary of international organizations dominated by those who don’t have our best interests at heart, contrary to the faith placed in such organizations by liberal internationalists, and be willing to act, on our own if need be, in defense of those interests. That doesn’t mean running off at every opportunity to, paraphrasing Wilson, "teach the world to elect good men," but we should be wiling to use force when necessary, and should press for the advancement of free societies at all times.
So, while I’m not thrilled at the apparent resurgence of the Realists, like Ed, I think it’s darned preferable to a return to Carterism.
Since Robert Mugabe came to power in Zimbabwe in the early 1980s, the average lifespan in that miserable country has fallen from 67 to 37 years.
And America’s worst ex-president, Jimmy Carter, played a major role in bringing the tyrant to power.
Silly question. Everyone knows it was the Jews:
In the 1960s, President John Kennedy decided to establish governmental banks to protect the dollar, in which the gold that was pouring into America would be deposited. What became of Kennedy? He was killed by the Zionist lobby. This is a fact that nobody is aware of – but a fact it is. That was the reason Kennedy was killed.
–Syrian economist Muhammad Sharif Mazloum, on Al-Kawthar TV, 10/10/2008
And yet we wonder why Middle Eastern society is so screwed up.
(hat tip: Jihad Watch)
The British have a big problem in their prisons: Muslim radicals, including al Qaeda supporters, dominating the other prisoners and even setting up sharia courts:
Muslim prisoners have launched a reign of terror inside a top security British jail.
The fanatics are forcing fellow inmates to convert to Islam or face punishment beatings.
One man who stood up to the thugs was branded with a lump of hot metal, according to a prison source.
The crisis at Whitemoor jail in Cambridgeshire has led to calls by staff for the 100 Muslim inmates there to be dispersed to other prisons round the country.
Some Al Qaeda supporters have set up a kangaroo court, sitting in judgment on prisoners and ordering punishments, the source said.
The violent disciples of Osama Bin Laden have targeted even the toughest non-Muslim prisoners, including killers and rapists.
Not that we have any such problem. Nope. Not at all.
Hey, don’t take my word for it. Just ask Kuwaiti Islamic "scholar," who gives a charming interview on Al-Rai TV:
Moderator: Other than life imprisonment and the death sentence, what can be done?
Dr. Sa’d Al-‘Inzi: According to Islamic law, a homosexual should be thrown from a tall building.
Moderator: What would you do with them?
Dr. Sa’d Al-‘Inzi: To be honest, death is too good for them. They should be gathered in a public place, where they would be flogged and tortured, so the truth about these people is made clear and they serve as a lesson to others, because they are an epidemic plaguing society.
The video is here. This guy obviously spends a lot of time imagining what goes on in massage parlors and hair salons. A lot of time.
Maybe the "No on 8" groups here in California should watch this to gain some perspective about real hate.
(hat tip: LGF)