The Mumbai massacre

November 28, 2008

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.

-Qur’an 9:111

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? Bring it on

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.

UPDATE: According to Indian officials, it’s over. Tigerhawk asks us to remember genuine heroes of this nightmare.