Anomalies emerge in Mumbai terror —of course

India’s intelligence apparatus is rapidly zeroing in on its usual suspect Pakistan in the Mumbai attacks. The Times of India reports Dec. 2:

All the 10 terrorists, suspected to have been involved in the Mumbai attacks, were trained by ex-army personnel even as the lone arrested terrorist has admitted to being a Pakistani, the police on Tuesday said.

Ajmal Amin Kamal, the only terrorist of the group of ten caught alive, has admitted he is a Pakistani and hailed from the Punjab province of Pakistan, Mumbai Police Commissioner Hasan Gafoor said.

“The group of ten had come from Karachi by ship, flew an SOS flag in international waters and then hijacked a trawler which they used to come near Mumbai’s shores,” Gafoor said.

The group of ten had been trained by former army personnel, some for over a year, Gafoor said, refusing to comment on the nationality of the army personnel.

When asked if there was any evidence of Pakistan’s involvement in the attacks, Gafoor said, “At the moment investigations are on and if we have proof we shall present it.”

Pakistan’s Dawn Nov. 30 pointed out confusion in the Indian media as to whether the “alleged attacker” is named Ajmal Amir Kamal, Muhammad Ajmal, Muhammad Amin Kasab, Azam Amir Kasav or Azam Amir Kasab. It also implicitly raised questions as to whether he is really Pakistani, claiming that the village in Pakistan he is supposed to hail from, Faridkot, could be “a town with the same name in the Indian state of Punjab.”

The Indian leftist writer Amaresh Misra continues to weave his elaborate conspiracy theory in mass e-mails that have been picked up by a few obscure websites, claiming the attack was really the work of the Hindu right acting in conjunction with the conspiranoid milieu’s own usual suspects: Mossad and the CIA. He especially zeros in on accounts from witnesses that many of the attackers were fair-skinned. One he cites from the BBC News Nov. 27 quotes one witness saying the attackers were “foreign looking, fair skinned” men, and another saying: “They did not look Indian, they looked foreign. One of them, I thought, had blonde hair. The other had a punkish hairstyle. They were neatly dressed.”

He also cites the similar quote in the following passage from The Guardian of Nov. 27—but conveniently overlooks the countervailing references in the same text:

Gunmen seized the Mumbai headquarters of the ultra-orthodox Jewish outreach group Chabad Lubavitch. Commandos surrounded the building this morning and witnesses said gunfire could be heard from inside.

A militant holed up in the centre phoned an Indian television channel to offer talks with the government for the release of hostages, but also to complain about abuses in Indian Kashmir. “Ask the government to talk to us and we will release the hostages,” said the man, identified by the India TV channel as Imran, speaking in Urdu with what sounded like a Kashmiri accent.

Are you aware how many people have been killed in Kashmir? Are you aware how your army has killed Muslims?” he said.

One police officer who encountered the gunmen as they entered the Jewish centre told the Guardian the attackers were “white”, although this could mean they were paler-skinned Indians from the country’s north.

“I went into the building late last night,” he said. “I got a shock because they were white. I was expecting them to look like us. They fired three shots. I fired 10 back.

For Misra, the fact that the militants were supposedly “white” is worth mentioning—the fact that one spoke Urdu with a Kashmiri accent and invoked Indian atrocities in Kashmir is not. Of course on this and similarly sketchy evidence, Misra decides the attackers were “mercenaries” hired by the CIA and/or Mossad. Even when the evidence would seem to go the other way, Misra is not disturbed. For instance, when one (unsourced) media account has the attackers speaking fluent Marathi (the regional language of Maharashtra state), this is also taken as revealing the conspiracy:

NOW WHAT DO WE MAKE OF THAT? Another report says that traditional Jews of Mumbai who have migrated to Israel speak fluent Marathi and are known to have been recruited by Mossad!

Yet he doesn’t even bother to mention the source of this supposed “report.”

Meanwhile, as New Delhi and the conspiranoids each jump to their own conclusions, India and Pakistan could be drifting rapidly back towards bellicosity. From the New York Times, Dec. 2:

As tensions increased between nuclear-armed neighbors after the Mumbai attacks, the Indian foreign minister said Tuesday his country had demanded that Pakistan hand over about 20 people wanted under Indian law as “fugitives.”

The demand was made when India summoned Pakistan’s ambassador on Monday evening and told him that Pakistanis were responsible for the terrorist attacks here last week and must be punished…

[A]mong the prisoners sought by India in its latest demand was Dawood Ibrahim, described as a powerful gangster and India’s most-wanted fugitive, who was accused of organizing bombings in Mumbai in 1993.

The list also included Masood Azhar, a suspected terrorist freed from prison in India prison in exchange for the release of hostages aboard a hijacked Indian Airlines aircraft in December, 1999, the news agency said.

President Asif Ali Zardari of Pakistan said in a television interview Monday night that if India shared the results of its investigation, Pakistan would “do everything in our power to go after these militants.”

Strangely, the Times failed to note the most significant suspect being demanded by India. From the AFP, Dec. 2:

Among the suspects was Hafiz Saeed, the founder of the Lashkar-e-Taiba militant group that has been accused of carrying out last week’s dramatic assault on Mumbai. Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi suggested setting up a “joint investigation mechanism” into the assaults, which left 188 dead.

As tensions mounted between the nuclear-armed neighbours over the siege of India’s financial capital, India demanded that Pakistan arrest and extradite the list of terror suspects.

But Qureshi did not respond to the handover request.

See our last post on the Mumbai attacks.

  1. Interesting
    We as Indians are pretty tired of playing the blame game with pakistan. Like the US blames every terrorist attack on Al Qaeda, india blames it on ISI/Pakistan. Mr Misra and others like him atleast think out of the box and do not believe in the “conventional” thinking. We need to go to back to the patriotism of Indira Gandhi days and this attack has made sure we extend our investigation and imagination

    1. Blame game
      We find the “blame game” when played “outside the box” no more interesting than when played inside the box. The game itself is the problem, not the box it is played in.

  2. Demographics of Mumbai deaths
    Contrary to the impression you’d get from most mainstream media reports that the victims were largely Westerners, the BBC News reported Dec. 1 that there were only 22 foreigners killed out of 172 deaths.

    1. 22 foreigners, 40 muslims, 4
      22 foreigners, 40 muslims, 4 jews, 3 Christians and rest Hindus. the media is surprisingly supressing the fact that more than 40 dead were Muslims

  3. Mumbai attacks by Mossad to confuse the entire world
    Gaza Attacked to divert attention from Israeli Terrorists induced World Economic Meltdown

    Israeli Bankers have stolen trillions primarily from US as well as World banking system in recent years and majority of the money has gone to three Israeli Banks; Happolim group, Bank Leumi group & Discount Bank group. Israeli have strict secrecy laws for it’s Banking and more over Israel never extradite Jews not even to America even if they are American citizens.

    Israeli’s have stolen trillions thru their con schemes of Debt derivatives and futures trading to put world economy in toilet to finance their 42 years long illegal occupation of Palestine . Recently US Fed arrested a Jew Bernard Madoff on Dec. 10, 2008 over alleged $50 Billion Banking Fraud; which is the biggest in American history by an individual. Surprisingly Madoff has been stealing for more than 10 years under the knowledge of Israeli controlled Securities & Exchange Commission of America.

    Madoff told the US Attorney Lev Dassin that his business has been insolvent for years! Prosecutors have charged Madoff with single count of Securities Fraud. They said he faces up to 5 years in prison and a fine of up to $5 million. What a surprise, a Jew steals $50 billion and maximum he would get is 5 years and $5 million in fines? A colored guy steals $1000.00 by showing a gun gets more time for that.

    Muslim Haters should know, there was no conflict in Palestine for centuries; till 1850 there was 80% Muslims, 15% Christians & 5% Jews living in harmony. In late 1800s a European Zionist group decided to colonize this Land to create a Jewish Homeland & stared settling in Palestine. In 1947 UNO under pressure of US Jews dishonestly decided to give 55% of Palestine to Jews despite the fact this group represented only 30% of total population & owned less than 7% of Land. A war broke out between Jewish Forces with US & European money consisting 90,000 European trained soldiers with most modern weaponry & 30,000 ill-equipped, improvised, poorly trained men representing Arab Forces. Entire civilized world watch this one sided no contest war with a known outcome. By the end of 1948 war Jewish state “ Israel ” was created on 78% Palestine conquered Land. In 1967 Israel launched a surprise war lasting 6 days & occupied remaining 22% of Palestine that had eluded it in 1948; the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

    Again the whole world is watching Israel attacking Gaza who has not been allowed any aid let alone weapons. Israelis have attacked at this juncture knowingly that Hamas has no weapons to retaliate. They are fighting with people whose best weapons are few AK-47’s and short-range rockets that cannot go more than 12 Miles. Israel has all the latest technology, weapons, aircrafts & US Military support and above all trillions stolen from world banking.

    The entire world is reeling under economic melt down before they start pointing fingers towards Israeli Terrorists for stealing trillions of dollars; Israel has attacked Gaza to divert the world attention from this Israeli induced Economic Melt Down.

    Dave Makkar

    P.S. I refused to call Jews or any one American when they can serve in the Army of a foreign country and can vote in elections of a foreign Country. In the case of Jews while holding American Citizenship they can serve in Israeli Army like President Elect Obama’s Chief of White House Staff Rahm Emanuel and can vote in Israeli elections. It is a debatable issue how one can trust such a privileged class of Jews with divided loyalties who is hostage to its own morally & ethically corrupt as well as racist Leadership of Israel in any country? But they are acceptable in their colony AMERICA and a colony in the making with 4,000 Jew population INDIA.

      1. Anti-semitic, yes; paranoid, well…
        I recall my first passport application having something about things which would put one’s citizenship in jeopardy.
        Serving in the armed forces of another country was one of them.
        This is never applied to American Jews.
        I don’t know how or if it is applied to others.

        The assertion that Bernard Madoff made off with the billions and stored them in Israel is being made by quite a few persons, both on the Net and off.
        I, myself, find it incredible that a man who stiffed large banks, multi-millionaires and multi-billionaires, foundations, hedge funds, famous universities, and celebrities of all sorts could be allowed house arrest before his assets were even totalled up!
        If he had stiffed poor grandmothers and working men I could see, but to be protected from the wrath of important and rich individuals and institutions, to single handedly accelerate the world’s decent into financial depression, is just not credible.
        Someone or something is protected Madoff and it’s not just expensive lawyers.

        1. What, no paranoia here
          Right, it’s the Learned Elders of Zion. We all get our membership card at our Bar Mitzvah.

          “Never applied to American Jews”? Amazing how these urban legends gain currency among the legions of the gullible. Is that a reference to Rahm Emanuel? If you would bother to read his biography, you would know that he was a civilian volunteer for the IDF during Desert Storm, doing truck maintenance. Meanwhile, plenty of good red-blooded Americans like Jack Terrell fought for the contras in Nicaragua and nothing was ever done about it. But that’s OK, they weren’t Jewish.

          Oh, and Ken Lay was on vacation in Colorado when he died, despite facing charges of ripping off the whole damn state of California in the Enron scandal. But somehow elite privilege seems so much more sinister when there are Jews involved.

          As KRS-One put it: Did you ever ask yourself—why is that?