Indian Energy Experts Baffled by Green Hostility to Nuclear Power

January 7, 2016

Someone should explain to the Indians that “Green opposition” is a matter of faith, not reason, and so doesn’t have to make sense.

Watts Up With That?

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Guest essay by Eric Worrall

The Hindu reports on a fascinating top level debate occurring at a conference in India, between politicians and energy experts. The energy experts are struggling to understand why nuclear power is not the favoured Western option for reducing CO2 emissions.

… Pointing out that countries such as Germany, France, Switzerland and Austria were either committed to closing down nuclear plants or opposing nuclear renaissance, he [Governor P. Sathasivam] stressed the need to formulate a new approach between nuclear enthusiasts and opponents. A former Ambassador and governor for India at the International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna, Mr. Sreenivasan said India, China, and Russia were the only countries enthusiastic about nuclear power today.

Striking a different stand, Ashok Chauhan, Director (Technical), Nuclear Power Corporation of India, said the increase in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions posed a greater threat to the world…

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Good news! ISIS is now recruiting in Pakistan!

July 28, 2015
Seal of the new Caliphate

Going global.

When the world’s most vicious jihad organization goes fishing for members in a nearly-failed nuclear-armed state that sports its own jihadi terror groups and an intelligence service that “leans jihad,” what could go wrong?


An apparent Islamic State recruitment document found in Pakistan’s lawless tribal lands reveals that the extremist group has grand ambitions of building a new terrorist army in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and triggering a war in India to provoke an Armageddon-like “end of the world.”

The 32-page Urdu-language document obtained by American Media Institute (AMI) and reviewed by USA TODAY details a plot to attack U.S. soldiers as they withdraw from Afghanistan and target American diplomats and Pakistani officials.


The document was reviewed by three U.S. intelligence officials, who said they believe the document is authentic based on its unique markings and the fact that language used to describe leaders, the writing style and religious wording match other documents from the Islamic State, also known as ISIL and ISIS. They asked to remain anonymous because they are not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.

The undated document, titled “A Brief History of the Islamic State Caliphate (ISC), The Caliphate According to the Prophet,” seeks to unite dozens of factions of the Pakistani and Afghan Taliban into a single army of terror. It includes a never-before-seen history of the Islamic State, details chilling future battle plans, urges al-Qaeda to join the group and says the Islamic State’s leader should be recognized as the sole ruler of the world’s 1 billion Muslims under a religious empire called a “caliphate.”

“Accept the fact that this caliphate will survive and prosper until it takes over the entire world and beheads every last person that rebels against Allah,” it proclaims. “This is the bitter truth, swallow it.”

Read the rest: ISIS’ long-term goal is a major attack on India — Hindus are polytheists, therefore fair game under Islam. Almost as bad, they’re a parliamentary democracy, and democracy is a sin under sharia law (men making laws, a role reserved to Allah alone). And, unspoken, they’ve kicked Muslim Pakistan’s tail in three wars now. Can’t let polytheists get away with that, not when you come from a culture obsessed with honor and shame.

Their ultimate goal, per the document, is to use war on India to generate an apocalyptic war –literally, the “final battle”– with America, India’s ally. Presumably that would bring about the Islamic End Times, when they get to kill all the Jews.

Lovely people, aren’t they?

This new recruiting drive isn’t without its problems, however. First, well, the Taliban was there first. And neither likes the other. Thus a recruiting drive is likely to lead to armed clashes. Second, the Pakistani Taliban have a sort of, off-and-on modus vivendi with the Pakistan government. Heck, members of Pakistan’s ISI, their intelligence agency, may also be Taliban. ISIS, on the other hand, wants to recreate the caliphate and lead it, meaning no more government of Pakistan. That, shall we say, might meet with resistance.

Still, ISIS has been remarkably successful and has the will to carry out its jihad dreams. Everyone in the area –Pakistanis, Afghans, Indians, and Americans, had better be keeping a careful watch.

The train robbers had a bad day

January 28, 2011

…because they ran into a Gurkha — a retired Gurkha, who got mad:

“They started snatching jewelry, cell phones, cash, laptops and other belongings from the passengers,” Shrestha recalled. The soldier had somehow remained a silent spectator amidst the melee, but not for long. He had had enough when the robbers stripped an 18-year-old girl sitting next to him and tried to rape her right in front of her parents. He then took out his khukuri and took on the robbers.

“The girl cried for help, saying ´You are a soldier, please save a sister´,” Shrestha recalled. “I prevented her from being raped, thinking of her as my own sister,” he added. He took one of the robbers under control and then started to attack the others. He said the rest of the robbers fled after he killed three of them with his khukuri and injured eight others.

During the scuffle he received serious blade injury to his left hand while the girl also had a minor cut on her neck. “They had carried out their robbery with swords, blades and pistols. The pistols may have been fake as they didn´t open fire,” he surmised.

That’s one retired soldier with a knife* against 40 armed robbers. Who needs Clint Eastwood or Bruce Willis when you’ve got Bishnu Shrestha on your side?

In case you’re wondering, yes, he’s getting a medal for this. Three of them, in fact. And cash bounties. And no doubt a bunch of Bollywood and Hollywood agents who will pay scads for his story.

*A kukri, to be exact, which is a very big knife.

LINKS: Moe Lane and Dave.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)

Our good friends: Pakistani Intelligence behind Mumbai massacre

October 21, 2010

In late November, 2008, the world stood transfixed in horror as Muslim terrorists waging jihad (jihad fi sabil Allah) went on a murderous rampage in the Indian city of Mumbai. At the time, there was strong suspicion that the terrorists, who belonged to a jihad group called Lashkar e Taiba (LeT), had received some support from the Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency. But the evidence, while suggestive, wasn’t considered conclusive.

Now it is. An American who became involved with LeT, David Headley, acted as a scout for LeT, picking targets and reporting to… the ISI:

Pakistan’s powerful intelligence services were heavily involved in preparations for the Mumbai terrorist attacks of November 2008, according to classified Indian government documents obtained by the Guardian.

A 109-page report into the interrogation of key suspect David Headley, a Pakistani-American militant arrested last year and detained in the US, makes detailed claims of ISI support for the bombings.

Under questioning, Headley described dozens of meetings between officers of the main Pakistani military intelligence service, the ISI, and senior militants from the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) group responsible for the Mumbai attacks.

He claims a key motivation for the ISI in aiding the attacks was to bolster militant organisations with strong links to the Pakistani state and security establishment who were being marginalised by more extreme radical groups.

Headley, who undertook surveillance of the targets in Mumbai for the operation, claims that at least two of his missions were partly paid for by the ISI and that he regularly reported to the spy agency. However, the documents suggest that supervision of the militants by the ISI was often chaotic and that the most senior officers of the agency may have been unaware at least of the scale and ambition of the operation before it was launched.

I’m not sure which is worse: that Pakistan’s intelligence service was involved in the operation, or that it’s so poorly supervised, fractured, and riddled with Islamists that it can run rogue operations senior officials are unaware of. Regardless, I’m wary of the “the bosses didn’t know” argument, as Pakistan has had a long history of using LeT and similar groups as proxy forces against India in Kashmir and have been suspected of facilitating other spectacular attacks inside India.

Pakistan’s possession of nuclear weapons prevents India from taking strong military action against Pakistan in retaliation (as they have every right to do), but we should nevertheless stay aware that our “ally” in the fight against al Qaeda and the Taliban is quite willing to play a double or triple game and that it would be foolish to trust them completely.

Via Big Peace.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)

In most cases, this would mean war

July 14, 2010

Based on communications intercepted during the operation itself and the confession of one of the operatives, India has accused Pakistan’s intelligence agency, the ISI, of being behind the 2008 Mumbai massacre:

India has accused Pakistan’s powerful spy agency of planning and executing the 2008 Mumbai attacks, in the strongest and most specific allegation of Islamabad’s involvement in the assault from a top official.

The remark comes a day before the foreign ministers of the rival nations are set to meet in Islamabad to attempt to rebuild a fragile peace dialogue that was shattered by the attacks, which killed 166 people. It appeared to be an attempt to ratchet up the pressure on Pakistan to prosecute people whom India says were deeply involved in the assault.

In an interview published Wednesday, Home Secretary G.K. Pillai accused Pakistan’s powerful spy agency Inter-Services Intelligence of playing a key role the attacks.

“It was not just a peripheral role. They (the agency) were literally controlling and coordinating it from the beginning till the end,” Pillai told the Indian Express newspaper.

Sponsoring a raid on another country’s city that results in over 150 deaths would usually earn one a visit from the other guy’s military. And I have no doubt that a) India would have every justification to crush Pakistan and b) they could do it within a matter of weeks, if they tried.

But, then, both have nuclear weapons, which no doubt gives India considerable pause. Look at it this way: the point of nuclear weapons is that your enemy can’t be sure of what will trigger a massive response, therefore they aren’t likely to push you too far. In Pakistan’s case, the ISI (which is highly Islamized and only nominally under government control) guesses it can get away with quite a bit without provoking war with India, because India, on its part, cannot be sure that an invasion of Pakistan wouldn’t lead to a nuclear strike by a desperate Pakistani military. India also has to be concerned that punitive action against Pakistan, with its weak and unstable governments, might cause a collapse of central authority and the passing of Pakistan’s nukes into much more dangerous and unpredictable hands.

Hence New Delhi’s relatively mild words (after all, they’re still talking) and the apparent determination that an attack against the nation’s financial capital and the deaths of several hundred citizens isn’t worth war.


The danger lies in a Pakistani miscalculation of India’s response after the next incident, and there will be a “next incident,” I’m sure. The ISI isn’t sorry this happened, only that they got caught. With a large part of the service comprising  jihad-minded Muslims, they’re bound to continue their terror war against India. The risk is that the Indians decide they’ve had enough and should “do something” about Pakistan.

At which point things get really scary.

(via DaveedGR)

The glaciers are melting! The glaciers are melt… Eh, maybe not.

January 18, 2010

This is happening so often these days that it’s almost not news anymore: yet another dire prediction from the Cult of Anthropogenic Global Warming has been shown to be as false as an Obama campaign promise and will have to be withdrawn:

World misled over Himalayan glacier meltdown

A WARNING that climate change will melt most of the Himalayan glaciers by 2035 is likely to be retracted after a series of scientific blunders by the United Nations body that issued it.

Two years ago the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued a benchmark report that was claimed to incorporate the latest and most detailed research into the impact of global warming. A central claim was the world’s glaciers were melting so fast that those in the Himalayas could vanish by 2035.

In the past few days the scientists behind the warning have admitted that it was based on a news story in the New Scientist, a popular science journal, published eight years before the IPCC’s 2007 report.

It has also emerged that the New Scientist report was itself based on a short telephone interview with Syed Hasnain, a little-known Indian scientist then based at Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi.

Hasnain has since admitted that the claim was “speculation” and was not supported by any formal research. If confirmed it would be one of the most serious failures yet seen in climate research. The IPCC was set up precisely to ensure that world leaders had the best possible scientific advice on climate change.

Professor Murari Lal, who oversaw the chapter on glaciers in the IPCC report, said he would recommend that the claim about glaciers be dropped: “If Hasnain says officially that he never asserted this, or that it is a wrong presumption, than I will recommend that the assertion about Himalayan glaciers be removed from future IPCC assessments.”

Apparently no one bothered to check the original story, which hadn’t been replicated or peer-reviewed, yet it was put into the IPCC report as an established fact. On top of that, the “scientist” in charge of the glaciers section of that report has admitted that he’s not an expert in the field. One would think the IPCC would put a glaciologist in charge of a report dealing with glaciers, but, no. It was left to genuine experts in glaciers to reveal just how ludicrous the IPCC’s claims about the Himalayan glaciers were.

Given the revelations about the infamous hockey-stick graphs and the Climategate scandal, add to them this latest humiliation, and one has to wonder how anyone anymore takes seriously anything the alarmist crowd asserts. The IPCC reports are supposed to represent the best science in order to guide policy makers when they grapple with the (nonexistent) problem of global warming. At this rate, they might as well just consult their local paper’s astrology column.

(via Christy on Twitter)

LINKS: More at Watt’s Up With That?, Sister Toldjah, Hot Air, and Fausta.

UPDATE: Ah, here comes the fine stench of corruption. The head of the IPCC, Dr. Rajenda Pachauri, defended the claims about the Himalayan glaciers while heading an institute that was seeking funding based on those same claims. Read the whole post to get an idea of how disinterested these guys are. (Hint: not very.)

Mumbai on the Thames?

December 20, 2009

The news that terrorists may be planning to replicate the Mumbai massacre in a Western city shouldn’t surprise us; one of the goals of the jihad is to bring Western civilization to its knees with divinely sanctioned terror (See number 220). What better way than to attack one of the West’s financial centers?

Police expect Mumbai-style terror attack on City of London

Scotland Yard has warned businesses in London to expect a Mumbai-style attack on the capital.

In a briefing in the City of London 12 days ago, a senior detective from SO15, the Metropolitan police counter-terrorism command, said: “Mumbai is coming to London.”

The detective said companies should anticipate a shooting and hostage-taking raid “involving a small number of gunmen with handguns and improvised explosive devices”.

The warning — the bluntest issued by police — has underlined an assessment that a terrorist cell may be preparing an attack on London early next year.

It was issued by the Met through its network of “security forums”, which provide business leaders, local government and the emergency services with counter-terrorism advice.

During a “commando-style” raid by 10 gunmen on hotels and cafes in Mumbai in November 2008, 174 people were killed and more than 300 injured over three days.

Officials now report an increase in “intelligence chatter” — communications captured by electronic eavesdropping agencies. One senior security adviser said the police warnings had intensified and become much more specific in the past fortnight.

“Before, there has been speculation. Now we are getting what appears to be a definite plot to carry out a firearms attack on London,” he said.

Earlier this year, police, military and intelligence services held an exercise in Kent to see whether they could defeat a commando raid in London by terrorists.

“The exercise brought out to those taking part that the capability doesn’t exist to deal with that situation should it arise,” said a military source.

That last has be quite a comforting to people who live and work in the City: “Well, yes, it may well happen, but, don’t worry! We have no idea what to do! Carry on!”

Of course, defending against just such an attack is difficult, especially when the jihadis have accepted the inevitability of their own deaths and thus thrown caution to the winds. A small band that strikes quickly at targets that had been scouted in advance will have plenty of time to take hostages and do damage before the police or military can react. And if, as in the case of the Jewish center in Mumbai, the attackers don’t plan to take hostages, you can expect many dead before there’s ever a chance of rescuing them.

While the “chatter” may be just that and nothing more, it’s a given that al Qaeda and allied Salafist groups want to strike at important Western targets. And not just London: Washington, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles all present their own tempting targets, to name but a few. And it will happen: the FBI and local police have foiled over a score of serious threats in the continental United States since 9/11, most recently in New York and Denver.

Let’s not forget, they’re still trying to kill us.

Jihad fi sabil Allah.

Do not mess with the farmer’s daughter

October 1, 2009

Especially when she knows how to wield an axe…

Farmer’s daughter disarms terrorist and shoots him dead with AK47.

Rukhsana Kausar, 21, was with her parents and brother in Jammu and Kashmir when three gunmen, believed to be Pakistani militants, forced their way in and demanded food and beds for the night.
Their house in Shahdra Sharief, Rajouri district, is about 20 miles from the ceasefire line between Indian and Pakistani forces.
It is close to dense forests known as hiding places for fighters from the Lashkar-e-Taiba group, which carried out the Mumbai terrorist attack last November.
Militants often demand food and lodging in nearby villages.
When they forced their way into Miss Kausar’s home, her father Noor Mohammad refused their demands and was attacked.
His daughter was hiding under a bed when she heard him crying as the gunmen thrashed him with sticks. According to police, she ran towards her father’s attacker and struck him with an axe. As he collapsed, she snatched his AK47 and shot him dead.
She also shot and wounded another militant as he made his escape.

Rukhsana Kausar, 21, was with her parents and brother in Jammu and Kashmir when three gunmen, believed to be Pakistani militants, forced their way in and demanded food and beds for the night.

Their house in Shahdra Sharief, Rajouri district, is about 20 miles from the ceasefire line between Indian and Pakistani forces.

It is close to dense forests known as hiding places for fighters from the Lashkar-e-Taiba group, which carried out the Mumbai terrorist attack last November.

Militants often demand food and lodging in nearby villages.

When they forced their way into Miss Kausar’s home, her father Noor Mohammad refused their demands and was attacked.

His daughter was hiding under a bed when she heard him crying as the gunmen thrashed him with sticks. According to police, she ran towards her father’s attacker and struck him with an axe. As he collapsed, she snatched his AK47 and shot him dead.

She also shot and wounded another militant as he made his escape.

Xena has nothing on Rukhsana. Not only did she save her family; I’ve no doubt that, had the father acceded to the jihadists’ demands and had they discovered the daughter, she would have been raped, as sex with captives is allowed by the Qur’anic injunction “what your right hands possess.”

The article goes on to mention that Ms. Kausar may be awarded a presidential citation for her bravery and a monetary prize, the latter a reward should one of the Islamic terrorists turn out to have been a highly wanted suspect. We hope also there’s a relocation program for her and her family, as it’s certain Lashkar-e-Taiba will target them for revenge.

Meanwhile, may other women suffering under Islam learn from her bravery.

(hat tip: Fausta)

LINKS: More at The Jawa Report.

RELATED READING: The Caged Virgin; Infidel; The Trouble With Islam Today; The Complete Infidel’s Guide to the Koran.

(cross-posted at No Runny Eggs)

The bastards cheered

January 7, 2009

From The Long War Journal, transcripts of phone conversations between the Mumbai terrorists and their handlers in Pakistan:

The Pakistan-based handlers of the Mumbai terrorists ordered the murders of civilians over the phone and cheered after hearing the gunfire, according to the dossier of evidence India provided to the Pakistani government.

The documents, obtained by the Indian newspaper The Hindu, provides a cold, calculating, and chilling look at the masterminds behind the late November military-style assault on the Indian financial capital of Mumbai. More than 170 people were killed and hundreds wounded during the 60 hour terror spree that shut down the city. The Lashkar-e-Taiba, a Pakistan-based terror group allied with al Qaeda and supported by powerful elements within Pakistan’s Inter-Service Intelligence agency and the military, carried out the attack.

Six Pakistani handlers monitored the news coverage from Mumbai and kept in constant touch with the terrorists holed up in Nariman House and the Taj Mahal and Trident hotels during the three day siege. The handlers are identified as Zarar, Kafa, Wassi, Jundal, Bururg, and “Major General.”

The last is strong evidence of Pakistani military or intelligence involvement in the attack: as Bill Roggio reports, the rank of Major General is held by Army corps commanders and the head of their Inter-Service Intelligence agency.

Read the whole thing: I’m not sure if "chilling" or "infuriating" best describe it. If you don’t, however, bear in mind what one of the handlers in Pakistan told his creature:

"Your work is very important," the handler said. "Allah is helping you…."

Tell me again this isn’t a religious war? Waiting


Religion of peace and tolerance watch

December 26, 2008

Remember those brave, brave jihadis who launched a noble raid against pagan Mumbai? Reports have come out today that those Knights of Allah sexually humiliated, tortured, and mutilated their victims, with special attention reserved for, you guessed it, the Jews.

But Islam isn’t part of the problem. Oh, no.

(hat tip: Kathy Shaidle)


Sunday links fiesta

December 7, 2008

If this is supposed to be a day of rest, why am I so busy? Whatever, here are some links to keep you entertained.

Judicial Imperialism Watch: A Montana judge declares assisted suicide legal, because, well… We put down our dogs when they’re sick, don’t we? Surprise  What was that thing about the legislature making laws? Never mind…. (via Blue Crab Boulevard)

Human Slime Watch: The New York Times, in a quest to prove it can always go lower, gives former-yet-proud terrorist William Ayers space for a self-pitying piece of propaganda an article purporting to show the real Bill Ayers. Yeah, and Walter Duranty told the truth, too. (Links here, here, here, here, and especially here.)

Good News Watch: Corrupt Louisiana politician (but I repeat myself) William "Cold Cash" Jefferson has lost his bid for reelection, falling to a challenge from Republican Anh "Joseph" Cao. Guess all that money in the freezer didn’t help, eh Bill? Rolling on the floor

Worst ex-President Watch: Jimmy Carter is kissing up to dictators — again. Is it too much to hope he’ll move to Montana to take advantage of the opportunities there? Waiting

2010 Watch: Michael Barone thinks Jeb Bush should run for Mel Martinez’s Senate seat. I agree. Meanwhile, California may finally have a serious candidate to take on Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Moron). We’ll keep an eye on this one.

Islamic Terrorism Watch: The religious maniacs who massacred hundreds in Mumbai last month definitely came from Pakistan. Secretary of State Rice piles on, while evidence comes to light that the killers had help inside India.

Too Cute For Words Watch: A little three-year old girl gets her fondest wish for Christmas. If you’re not reaching for a hanky at the end of this, you ain’t human. (More here.)


See you later! Peace Sign


Mumbai jihadi: "Wait, Obama won? Ooops!"

December 2, 2008

Iowahawk brings us the breaking news that the drooling sociopaths holy warriors who attacked Mumbai and massacred men, women, and children were themselves victims of a communications snafu — they wouldn’t have done it had they known Obama had won the election:

Ajmal Amir Kasab, the sole surviving member of the 10-man team of Pakistani gunmen that left hundreds dead or wounded after a bloody three day rampage in Mumbai, today blamed the mayhem on an "email mixup" that left him and his colleagues unaware that Barack Obama had won election as President of the United States.

"What? Oh bloody hell, now you tell me," said Kasab, as he was led away in handcuffs by Indian security forces.

Kasab, 21, apologized to Indian President Pratibha Patil, explaining that no one in his group had known about the recent U.S. election results.

"Boy, talk about having egg on the face," said a visibly embarrassed Kasab. "If we knew Bush was on his way out, obviously we would have called off the crazy random baby-shootings and martyrdom stuff, and signed on with the Peace Corps or Habitat for Humanity. At this point I guess all I can say is ‘my bad.’"

RELATED: A woman who might just believe this was real.


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November 30, 2008

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.


Follow the leader

November 30, 2008

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.

(Emphasis added.)

They were, however, only following the example of Muhammad at Khaybar, and Muhammad is exalted as an perfect model of behavior for all Muslims.

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.

UPDATE: Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch reminds us of another Qur’anic injunction bearing on Jews, Hindus, and what happened at Mumbai:

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)


More on Mumbai

November 29, 2008

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!

UPDATE: It seems some of the Mumbai cops were abject cowards. Nauseating. (h/t Blue Crab Boulevard)


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Mumbai reactions

November 29, 2008

Pax Parabellum was kind enough to link to this entry here at Public Secrets, and from their entry we found several other posts worth noting:

Crimes, Guns and Videotape, which I think shares Los Angeles with Public Secrets Imperial HQ, notes the vulnerability of US malls to a Mumbai-style attack, using the Beverly Center as an example:

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.


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.

Religion of Peace watch

November 26, 2008

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:

40 Held Hostage in Mumbai Terror Attack

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."

Yeah, right. Waiting

LINKS: Little Green Footballs has video from Mumbai; The Long War Journal suspects LeT is behind it, too. More than 100 are thought dead, so far.


That’s how you handle the problem

November 19, 2008

Indian navy sinks suspected pirate ‘mother ship’

An Indian naval vessel sank a suspected pirate "mother ship" in the Gulf of Aden and chased two attack boats into the night, officials said Wednesday, as separate bands of brigands seized Thai and Iranian ships in the lawless seas.

The owners of a seized Saudi oil supertanker, meanwhile, negotiated for the release of the ship, anchored off the coast of Somalia.

A multinational naval force has increased patrols in the waters between the Arabian Peninsula and the Horn of Africa, where pirates have grown bolder and more violent. The force scored a rare success Tuesday when the Indian warship, operating off the coast of Oman, stopped a ship similar to a pirate vessel described in numerous bulletins. The Indian navy said the pirates fired on the INS Tabar after the officers asked to search it.

"Pirates were seen roaming on the upper deck of this vessel with guns and rocket propelled grenade launchers," said a statement from the Indian navy. Indian forces fired back, sparking fires and a series of onboard blasts — possibly due to exploding ammunition — and destroying the ship.

They chased one of two speedboats shadowing the larger ship. One was later found abandoned. The other escaped, according to the statement.

It used to be that pirates could be hanged on the spot, but the situation under international law has grown so ludicrous that the Royal Navy has been told not to capture pirates for fear they might claim asylum.

The other problem is that the piracy off East Africa is not done just for the money itself, but to fund jihadjihad al-mal, or "monetary jihad." At least some of the ransoms they are paid find their way to al-Shabaab, a Somali jihadist organization that has close ties to al Qaeda. Thus ship owners buying back their vessels are giving alms to our deadly enemies. Smart. Very smart. Doh

Of course, piracy in the name of Allah is an old Islamic tradition. Back in Jefferson’s time, we knew how to handle it. The Indian Navy has given us a needed reminder.

(hat tip: The Jawa Report)

LINKS: Ed Morrissey; Everett Pyatt calls for a surge against piracy.


Axis of democracies?

October 2, 2008

The Senate has approved the Bush Administration’s nuclear treaty with India. Beijing scowls.