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.