Sunday, November 30, 2008

The Mumbai terror attacks: 10 reasons why we're not ready to draw conclusions

1 - We still don't have a clear timeline: what happened, when it happened, who was involved.

2 - On November 28, 2008, the Scotsman reported: "Alex Neill, head of the Royal United Services Institute's Asia security programme, . . . reckons up to 100 terrorists would have been involved in the planning and execution of the attack and said it was surprising they had managed to keep it a secret."

Another British expert stated on CNN on Sunday morning that it was not likely that 10 men, could carry out attacks at 9 locations, within a period of 30 minutes.

3 - While the Deccan Mujahideen are reported to have claimed responsibility for the attacks, others believe that it was the work of Lashkar-e-Taiba, Sudents Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), an ad hoc group of militants, right-wing Hindu groups -- the same groups responsible for the destruction of the Babri Masjid, the pogrom in Gujarat, and the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi.

Historian Amaresh Misra, author of the 2000 page, 2 volume, "War of Civilizations: India AD 1857," claims that the right-wing Hindu groups collaborated with Israel's spy agency Mossad.

4 - On August 19, 2008 an American, Kenneth Haywood, who was being investigated last July for "bomb blasts which killed 42 people" in a series of 16 explosions fled India. Some claim that Haywood may have been a CIA asset.

5 - On July 1, 2004, Jane's reported: "India's external intelligence service, the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) has launched a major internal investigation for possible moles following the apparent defection of a senior officer recruited by the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

"The Indian government fears that the defection of Rabinder Singh, who held the senior rank of joint secretary and who headed the agency's Southeast Asia department, is only the tip of the iceberg in a possible infiltration operation by the CIA and Mossad, Israel's foreign intelligence service." Given the long history of false-flag operations, it is not unreasonable to ask if the CIA and/or Mossad may have been involved.

6 - Maharashtra ATS chief Hemant Karkare, who led the Mumbai response to the attacks was killed. NDtv, on November 27, 2008, reported: "Karkare had solved the serial bomb blasts in Thane, Vashi and Panvel and was also credited for the stunning revelations in the investigation of the September 29 blast in Malegaon. . . . the Pune ATS on November 26 reportedly received phone calls threatening to blow up the residence of Karkare "within a couple of days".

The death of Karkare, who was said to be investigating Mossad collaboration with right-wing Hindu groups, is suspicious.

7 - On November 29, 2008, Indian Express reported: "The family of slain Maharashtra ATS chief Hemant Karkare has declined Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's offer of monetary help".

"Modi is the face of hardline Hindu nationalism. His administration is believed to have instigated some of the worst communal violence in India since the 1947 partition -- the killing of 2,000 Muslims in 2002", according to NPR.

The Karkare family's refusal to accept compensation from the Modi government raises a red flag.

8 - Amir Kasab, Karkares's reported killer is the only "terrorist" captured alive by Indian authorities, and he (very conveniently) names his fellow "terrorists."

Kasab is reported to have told interrogators during questioning that he and his men were sent specifically to kill Israelis to avenge "atrocities" against the Palestinians, according to the Times of India.

The Israeli newspaper Haaretz reports that "Amir Kasab, 21, told investigators that this was why they targeted the Chabad House, also known as the Nariman House in Mumbai, an outreach center meant for local Jews and Jews touring India, including Israelis."

9 - The role of Nariman House (aka Chabad House) is puzzling -- it is reported that they ordered enough food to "feed an army or a bunch of people for twenty days." Were the "terrorists" attacking Nariman House, or were they housed there?

10 - Kasab, or another "terrorist," was photographed wearing an orange (safron) wrist band -- a Hindu symbol, not likely to be worn by Muslims.

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