India’s development is not insulated from global forces shaping the world. Islamic terrorism is a global reality that only the seriously deluded can deny. Its bloody hand reaches deep inside the global human breast daily and wrenches the heart out.
The world spends hundreds of billions of dollars every year trying to protect itself. The security apparatus we go through at the airports is in place largely to dissuade jihadists. Soon I guess the local train stations in Mumbai will have to have some sort of security in place.
Islamic terrorism impedes the free flow of law abiding people, it hurts commerce, it hurts development, and most importantly of all, it destroys lives and families. Around 200 dead and a thousand injured in Mumbai last week was just one more the hundreds of incidents of jihad the world suffers each year.
Jihad is a regular feature of our world. Jihad Watch will be a regular feature on this blog. Why? Because we must understand the enemy if we wish to prevail. We need to understand what motivates them and why. I will highlight articles and viewpoints which I believe can help inform our understanding of jihad.
Kanchan Gupta declares This is Jihad in The Pioneer of July 17th.
The holy warriors who carried out the 7/11 bombings in Mumbai, and before that in Delhi on the eve of Diwali last year and in Varanasi on the eve of Holi this year, may be members of local sleeper cells of Lashkar-e-Tayyeba and SIMI, but the battle they are fighting is part of the global war being waged by Osama bin Laden and his Al Qaeda, at present headquartered in Gen Pervez Musharraf’s Pakistan, to establish the primacy and dominance of Islam. With Islamism finding an increasing number of converts in India, and pretended victimhood becoming a convenient cover to unleash manufactured rage on issues ranging from President George Bush’s visit to the alleged lampooning of the Prophet by Jyllands-Posten, a Danish newspaper, from India’s vote against Iran in the IAEA’s board of governors meeting to Western aid agencies refusing to fund Hamas’s terror campaign – issues that fit into the larger matrix of pan-Islamism – Osama bin Laden and his generals will now find it easier to deploy foot soldiers in our country to push the frontiers of jihad and expand the theatre of this clash of civilisations.
Barbara Stock in Free Repulic asks “Can There be Peace with Islam?” She notes:
Islam, the self proclaimed “religion” of peace and love cannot stop killing its own people in the name of Islam and Allah. Islam is a religion that proclaims murder is wrong, and the killing of a fellow Muslim absolutely forbidden. Despite that, Muslims seem to have no problem killing a fellow Muslim if it is convenient or will lead to one sect having more power than another.
Recently in Iraq, Shia Muslims stopped buses and cars and anyone who was not a Shia Muslim, was executed. Over 40 Sunni Muslims were murdered by their fellow Muslims. Apparently, this was done in retaliation for the bombing of a Shia mosque by Sunni Muslims. This week, a funeral procession was stopped and all the mourners were executed. Muslims are killing Muslims and there isn’t an American soldier in sight to blame.
She concludes her column with:
Now there has been a brutal attack in India with hundreds dead and injured. Some will say that this has nothing to do with the war America is involved in. Only the foolish believe this. Whether it is the attack on 9/11, London, Madrid, Russia, Bali, and now India, the common denominator in all these attacks is Islam. Attacks have been thwarted in Australia, Canada, England, France, and the United States.
The “politically correct” (and grammatically incorrect) term for this is the “War on Terrorism.” The PC folks of the world need to wake up and smell the burning train car. This is a war against the ideology of Islam. It is Islam that is behind nearly every terrorist attack in the world today. There is not a day that passes that someone, Muslim and non-Muslim alike, does not die at the hands of a follower of Islam. It is not possible to have peace with a “religion” that only believes in war.
Interestingly, her article appears on a website that is conservative and supports Bush. Yes, the very same Bush who is waging a “War Against Terror” — but his is a limited war. As long as the jihad leave the US alone, he is quite willing to support global Islamic terrorism through his friendly dictator Gen Musharraf whom he calls his friend. Bush supports terrorism through his support of Musharraf who supports jihad.
B Raman, Additional Secretary (retd.), Govt. of India, Institute For Topical Studies, Chennai writes that BUSH KEEPS MUSH GOING & MUSH KEEPS JIHAD GOING – and here is a (partial) list of what Bush is sending Mush.
36 new F-16 Block 50/52 planes.
60 upgrade kits for F-16s
26 free old F-16s.
500 AIM-120C5 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM)- This is the latest US Air-to-Air missile which outclasses anything India has. It is reputed to have a range of 120 km and every Indian fighter will be threatened by this.
500 Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) Guidance Kits: – Again India has nothing of this sort. This is in addition to the Joint Standoff Weapon that Pakistan recently received.
1,600 Enhanced-GBU-12/24 GBUs; – Guided bombs of the same type used by the USAF today.
700 BLU-109 2,000 pound bombs – These are the state of the art US “bunker buster” bombs that can make mincemeat of any IAF or Indian Army deep bunkers and storage facilities
The latest Link-16 Datalink to connect every Pakistani F-16 with their recently ordered Swedish Erieye AWACS aircrafts.
Why the US supports war and terrorists around the world is easy to understand — the military-industrial complex requires that the demand for weapons is kept high. By stimulating demand for weapons, and supplying to that demand, the makers of the weapons of mass destruction rake in the billions, and use the billions to buy the congressmen and legislators and fund candidates in elections who support the weapons of mass destruction industry.
[Related link: Dollar Auctions and Deadly Games.]
I should acknowledge that I am borrowing the title of this series from very popular blog called JihadWatch.org.