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Friday
05Dec
Mumbai: Was it Indeed an Islamic Terror Attack? Were Muslims even
Involved?
DateFriday, December 5, 2008 at 12:04AM

If the Mumbai terrorists' background was consistent with the single
captured survivor, then the terrorist actions were not performed by
Muslims, but by mercenaries, that is soldiers of fortune, hired
criminals, paid to murder and terrorize, for non-religious reasons,
and funded by unknown criminal gangs for purposes also unknown. The
obvious motivation of such gangs might be to encourage political
instability in the region, and heighten military and diplomatic
pressure on the government of Pakistan. This certainly suggests that
the criminal gangs who hired the mercenary terrorists in Mumbai, were
like their soldiers, motivated also by financial gain, as criminal
gangs tend to be so engaged, and that the gangs themselves were hired
by perhaps non-Pakistani actors, with ambitions for control of the
government of Pakistan.

First let us examine the mercenary evidence given by the captured, and
then compare this with his religious credentials, to further reinforce
that this terror attack was not “Islamic Terrorism”. Certainly given
the ultimate despair of hopelessness and dire poverty suffered by many
young men in Pakistan, as a consequence of the decades of war in that
region and the onslaught of economic change brought about essentially
global "free trade"; the appeal of crime for money cannot be
exaggerated. Even murderous criminality might appeal to some of these
men trapped in villages with no hope of family or meager fortune
without some big break from a risk of criminal activity. And this
appears to be exactly the motivation for the "Islamic terrorists" in
Mumbai., They were promised money:

Terrorist Ajmal Amir Kasab reportedly answered interrogating Mumbai
police...he admitted that money tempted him to enlist in the November
26 terrorist attack on Mumbai, along with nine others , all of whom
were killed. ...

More importantly perhaps, their families were promised money, that is
these men were promised money for their families in the event they
were killed, which certainly must have appeared highly likely to the
participants. These men engaged in criminal murder, but perhaps did
not sign up for such an action initially, since their families may
have been encouraging of their enrollment in a described scheme. But
the scheme most likely did not involve murder –suicide, what father
would send his son on such an action, even to save their family from
poverty. No, they signed up for criminal actions, and then could not
go back, were forced to proceed, or perhaps as a combination of
incentive, coercion, and psychological training and conditioning:

After officially banned Pakistan-based terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba
(LET) promised to compensate Kasab's impoverished family in Faridkot
village in Pakistan's Punjab province, Kasab's father asked him to
join the LET a year ago, according to the "confession".

So these men were perhaps coerced after being bribed into criminal
activity, with the initial hope of helping their families escape
crushing poverty, and though one might even sympathize from afar with
their plight and at the same time abhor their criminality and extreme
final coerced violent frenzy, we cannot in any way describe their
actions as religious, Islamic, or based on political ideologies of any
sort. This is further corroborated by their religious credentials.
Every believing Muslim must pray, and to properly pray, those with
even a mustard seed of faith,, must pray in the proscribed manner of
both the Shia and Sunni Islamic groups, which requires recitation of
the opening verse of the Quran, the so called Al-Fatiha verse which
begins every sequence of prayer, recited up to four times each prayer,
five times a day. So even a child or new convert to Islam, if he
prays, knows some elements of the Holy Quran. But this was not the
case in the example of the captured Mumbai terrorists. Therefore not
only was he not a religious Muslim, he lacked the most primary
knowledge of the Islamic faith in its barest essentials:

Police officials also claimed Kasab could not recite any verse in the
Koran, the Islamic holy book

And of course any politically interested, let alone politically active
Muslim, would know the use and the misuse by western critics of the
Islamic term Jihad, which means religious struggle, only one of its
seldom used meanings being that of military conflict with foreign
invaders of Muslim lands. But the captured terrorist could not define
it any religious way except in the cartoon definition employed by the
harshest critics of Islam, suggesting that not only was the terrorists
not a Muslim, but that perhaps his trainers, handlers, coercers, and
financial funders, were also not Muslim, indeed the use of the cartoon
definition implies that they were anti-Muslim, anti-Islamic, and of
course this was the direct consequence of their actions in Mumbai, to
smear the religion with the actions of non-Muslim, criminal gangs who
murdered in the name of Islam:

"Jihad means to kill, become famous and make God happy," captured
terrorist Ajmal Amir Kasab reportedly answered interrogating Mumbai
police when asked to define "jihad", or "holy war", a term some
militants use to justify violence

Of course none of this is any surprise to people who know religious
Muslims. Religious Muslims, no matter how coerced or bribed or
psychologically conditioned, would enter into a religious conflict,
dressed in Versace t-shirts, tight jeans, with clean shaved face;
aping the ways and manners of the non-believers; unless of course it
was a disguise. But its hard to imagine the need for a disguise for a
seaborne amphibious attack with guns blazing. This is even more true
when one considers that religious Muslims in beards and modest Islamic
dress were not uncommon at the scene of the crime, Mumbai, India. But
perhaps the key defining clue in disproving the claim that the
attackers were Islamic;, a clue shared by all the attackers, and not
just the captured Muslim ignoramus; was that the attackers were all
intoxicated. It is a basic tenet of Muslim religious belief that
intoxication is prohibited, so much so that most believing Muslims
abstain from alcohol at all times. Yet even non-devout Muslims who
drink, would never consider becoming intoxicated and praying in such a
state, which amounts to a form of blasphemy in Islam, a gross
disrespect for the one God. And this would extend to all religious
acts beyond prayers. So even a non-devout Muslim would not engage in
Military actions for religious reasons, even if he were so misguided
or psychologically conditioned to conduct such actions, in a state of
mild intoxication, let alone out of his mind intoxicated by LSD which
appears to be the case in Mumbai:

The Mumbai daily Afternoon Dispatch & Courier twirled another version
on December 2. Quoting "sources", the report said interrogating senior
police officers suspected Kasab and his fellow terrorists had been
using drugs like LSD to induce the daring and stamina needed to last
the 60-hour siege without sleep. The use of mind-altering drugs was
also used to explain the inconsistency of Kasab's statements.

Yet I don’t see any contradictions. The terrorists were petty
criminals, hooked into a criminal gangs enterprise by bribes and
promises of safety and benefit to their families,, then through
coercion and programming, and the use of mind altering drugs, let
loose in Mumbai to die in a suicide attack. Why? Because the
organizers of the attacks could not find any religious Muslims willing
to kill people in a suicide attack that would bring shame to Muslims
worldwide. An act that everyone knows today would be used to justify
further violence and intervention against Muslims worldwide. It is not
surprising at all, and not contradictory that they could not find
religious Muslims to do such a thing. What is surprising is that a
religious Pakistani Muslim organization supposedly organized this anti-
Muslim attack which harms the cause of Islam inside Pakistan. And even
more surprising is that a Muslim organization would use Islamic
forbidden methods such as bribery, coercion, and intoxicants, in a
type of military action banned worldwide by religious scholars of
Islam. The observer can only conclude that the terrorists were not
Muslims, as they acted for money, were ignorant of the basics of the
religion, and used anti-Islamic methods blaspheming God in their
actions; and that the organizing entity was a criminal gang, perhaps
also acting for financial gain, pretending to be a Muslim
organization. Moreover this fake Muslim organization received
substantial assistance from military and intelligence experienced
personnel in planning and executing the employment of these initially
non-compliant and untrained young men in a sophisticated military
action not unknown to state security forces, i.e., Marine Expeditions
involving special operations capable, direct action, limited
duration , raids involving urban terrain..(MEU-SOC-MOUT). Since the
Pakistani military is not known to be able to conduct such operations,
perhaps the FBI should investigate private actors in the region
employing ex-NATO military personnel with marine special operations
expertise, especially those with cartoon-understanding of how Muslims
pray using verses from the Holy Qyran.

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