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What the Mumbai terrorists believe… December 16, 2008

Posted by neoavatara in Politics, World Politics.
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To understand the threat form terrorism we face, we must understand the face of terror.  Several phone calls by the Mumbai terrorists have now been released from during the siege, and so some insight into their insane thinking:

The voice on the other end of the line, sounding robotic, rattled off a list of grievances: the 2002 riots in Gujarat state during which more than 1,000 people, mostly Muslims, were killed; the 1992 demolition of the centuries-old Babri mosque by Hindu mobs; and India’s control over part of the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir.

“Are you aware how many people have been killed in Kashmir? Are you aware how your army has killed Muslims?” the caller demanded. “We die every day,” he told the news anchor. “It’s better to win one day as a lion than die this way.”

Another caller reportedly phoned India TV several hours before Imran from inside the Oberoi Trident hotel. He called himself Shadullah and used the cellphone of a Swedish tourist in Room No. 1856, Indian investigators said. “We demand the release of all mujaheddin put in jails. Then will we release these people. Otherwise, we will destroy this place. . . . You must have seen what’s happening here,” the caller said. “Yes, release them, and we, the Muslims who live in India, should not be harassed . . . Things like demolition of Babri Masjid and killings should stop.”

“Lashkar has a very specific pan-Islamic vision: the recovery of all Muslim lands once ruled by Muslims, including India, Central Asia and Spain. And they’ve gone after those countries that they believe were usurped from traditional Muslim rulers,” said Ashley J. Tellis, a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace who has been tracking Lashkar since 2001. “The goal is very apocalyptic and simple: attack these enemies and the symbols of those enemies,” he said.

Tellis said, “The world should know the composition of Lashkar is not Kashmiri. It’s Pakistani Punjabis who, in the name of Kashmiris, end up doing all these horrible things. Of course, Kashmiris are concerned now, because they don’t want to be at the receiving end of Indian retribution.”

Hafiz Sayeed, the founder of Lashkar whom Pakistan placed under house arrest at India’s request after the attacks, has spoken less about Kashmir and more about creating instability in the rest of India that would eventually enable Muslims to take over the country, experts noted. Sayeed warned in 1999 that “jihad is not just about Kashmir.”

“About 15 years ago, people might have found it ridiculous if someone told them about the disintegration of the U.S.S.R. Today, I announce the breakup of India, inshallah. We will not rest until the whole [of] India is dissolved into Pakistan,” he said in a speech.

These are the people we are dealing with…do you really think they can be compromised with?

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