Chabad Lubavitch' Dangerous Game
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Chabad Lubavitch' Dangerous Game
by Joachim Martillo (ThorsProvoni@...)
Monday, December 01, 2008
The attack on Mumbai spotlights the ultra-orthodox (haredi) Chabad-
Lubavitch community and its international outreach network. When
Chabad outreach (keruv) started in the 1950s, it seemed rather
intellectually dishonest because the organization used nostalgia for
a never-existent Jewish past as a hook to enmesh secular or
secularized Jews in ultra-orthodox (haredi) practice as hozrim
bitshuvah (returnees, sometimes improperly called baalei tshuvah),
but on the whole the activity was mostly harmless in contrast with
current Chabad activities, which long ago crossed the border into
As the Lubavitcher organization has become larger and wealthier --
partially because mobilization for keruv has brought large
contributions, members have shown a propensity for corruption. (See
BREAKING! FEDS PREPARE FOR AGRIPROCESSORS TAX EVASION, FRAUD CHARGES
ALSO MOVE TO SEIZE RUBASHKIN LIFE INSURANCE POLICIES.)
Because outreach has brought into the Lubavitcher community many
returnees educated or indoctrinated in the Soviet or Zionist systems,
which were both similar and also genocidal, the Lubavitcher movement
has itself become more conservative and more prone to support
violence or to commit violence. (In Czarist Russia the Lubavitchers
had the reputation as one of the rougher Chassidic groups, and they
did manage to survive and thrive in the Crown Heights neighborhood as
it declined and developed strong ethnic tensions.)
So far the Lubavitchers have not involved themselves quite as much in
American politics as Aish haTorah and its alter ego The Clarion Fund,
which openly attempted to inject Islamophobia into the recent
presidential election. (See Followup: Obsession, Aish, Clarion Fund
and Aish and Clarion Fund History.)
Yet, the Lubavitchers have worked closely with Jewish racists like
Lawrence Summers and Alan Dershowitz in the ongoing attempt to
control discourse on American campuses. (See Fighting Hegemonic
Blocking on Campus -- Ousting Summers at Harvard and Harvard: Jews
Better Than Muslims.)
Although the Lubavitchers have remained nominally anti-Zionist,
Lubavitcher anti-Goyism (anti-Gentilism) has led them into alliance
with the most racist and violent Zionist parties and organizations in
the State of Israel.
The wealthy Russian Lubavitcher hozer bitshuvah Lev Leviev openly
supports Zionist terrorism and settlement building in the Palestinan
occupied territories. (See Settlers on Israel's eastern frontier.)
Possibly because of Leviev Chabad-Lubavitch has openly become
involved in Putin's struggles with Russian Jewish oligarchs. (See
Chabad (Lubavitch), Putin, Russian Oligarchs.)
The aforementioned activities alone are sufficient to have given many
groups from Russian mafiosi to residents of Postville to angry Arab
groups reason to go gunning for Lubavitchers.
Still, there is an even more sinister aspect to the Lubavitcher
Because Lubavitcher outreach offices are located in some of the most
important political, corporate and university centers throughout the
world, the Lubavitchers have put together a network that is
incomparable for corporate and international espionage as well as for
the covert exchange of information. Because Chabad Houses could
potentially act as safe houses, where there would be no record of a
person's stay, the Lubavitcher outreach network is far superior to
that of Aish HaTorah for covert operations.
Most people do not take the Lubavitchers seriously, but I have
visited Chabad houses and encountered senior Israeli government or
military officials (and probably intelligence agents). One can easily
imagine that Neocon intelligentsia trying to develop a relationship
with Hindutva (हिन्दुत्व) intelligentsia or politicians might have used
the Chabad Nariman House as a meeting place.
Because the Lubavitchers provide an unconditional welcome to all Jews
in the hope of bringing them closer to the Lubavitcher way of life,
the Lubavitchers have been open to potential subversion by Israeli
intelligence organizations. Mossad and Shin Bet found it quite easy
to penetrate the haredi community during the Yossele Affair (Israeli
reunites with NY woman who helped in his abduction).
Jewish politics has often involved of infiltration and subversion of
one political group by another. It was a standard operating procedure
of Jewish communists and unions both in Eastern Europe and in the
USA. (The book Red Star over Hollywood describes the practice in
Hollywood.) The David Project Israel Advocacy organization has used
its educational programs as a means to infiltrate more mainstream
Jewish communal organizations with radical Islamophobes and
To Zionize haredi groups that practice outreach, the Israeli
government need only give encouragement to Zionistically
indoctrinated Hebrew-speaking young people to participate in outreach
programs, and in a few years the targeted haredi community is
thoroughly enmeshed in Zionist thinking while Israeli intelligence
organizations have a new crop of saya`nim in place ready to serve in
Zionist covert operations.
The Lubavitcher shluchim (outreach emissaries) Gavriel Noach and
Rivka Holtzberg fit the saya`an profile to a "T" -- especially
Rivkah. (See LA Chabad mourns couple slain in Mumbai.)
If the Israeli government wanted to put someone into a place with
more direct influence over the leadership over the Lubavitchers or
another Charedi group, it is just a matter of training agents with
the proper intellectual skills to pose as hozrim bitshuvah
(returnees). Within a few decades, Israeli intelligence would be
running a large easily mobilized Charedi community while the ordinary
haredi members would not have a clue.
An Israeli intelligence agency that started the program around the
conclusion of the Yossele Affair would by now have had almost 50
years to perfect its ability to use groups of ultra-orthodox Jews for
secret operations within the USA.
No one should be surprised that television programs like Sleeper Cell
and 24 focus on the wrong religious group in developing stories about
threatening foreign covert activities in the USA. The State of Israel
placed operatives in Hollywood in the 50s and has been manipulating
the US film industry ever since.
Who Is Behind the Attack?
The usual litany of blaming Pakistan and "Islamic Terror" groups has
already started. See Al-Qaeda 'hijack' led to Mumbai attack and
Mumbai attacks 'were a ploy to wreck Obama plan to isolate al-Qaeda'.
Because Pakistan desperately needs foreign aid, the Pakistani
government almost certainly has no involvement in the Mumbai attack,
which could have the effect of further destabilization of Pakistan.
In contrast, Neocon Zionists in the Pentagon have been advocating an
anti-Pakistan policy since 2001 while the Israeli government may have
an even more important reason to attack the Indian economy and the
globalized economic system in general.
Arab sovereign wealth funds are expected to grow to $12 trillion in
the near term and could give Arab countries more international
influence than oil ever did.
Preventing the development of such influence is an aspect of
Jabotinski's Iron Wall, which is rarely mentioned in English-language
analysis of the themes of Zionist foreign policy. The leading
Revisionist Zionist intellectuals like Jabotinski and Achimeir
preferred free market capitalism within the ethnonational state, but
they assumed ethnonational economic warfare as the defining
characteristic of international economic relations. A Zionist effort
to ruin the world economic order and to create global suspicion of
Arab and Muslim investment is the immediate corollary of Neocon
Because India has generated tremendous hostility among Muslims with
Hindutva policies, oppression in Kashmir, and cozying up to the State
of Israel, there are many disaffected Muslim groups that would
probably respond to the efforts of American or Israeli Zionist agents
provocateurs, and both the USA and Zionists have a long history of
instigating incidents by this means.
Scare-mongering against Arabs and Muslims and inciting Muslim
reactions either via open provocations in the Palestinian Occupied
Territories or via clandestine operations represent standard
operating procedures among Zionists both in the Pentagon and in the
As the Bush administration winds down, it is easy to envision the
transnational Jabotinskian Zionist (Neocon) intelligentsia making a
final effort to build the "Economic Iron Wall" as high as possible
before President Obama takes office.
Would Israel Sacrifice the Holtzbergs?
Zionists have always used dead Jews to build sympathy for Zionist
goals and as cover for Zionist crimes against humanity.
Ben-Gurion explicitly stated that he would sacrifice German Jewish
children for the sake of Zionism while the Zionist leadership
probably learned the benefit of sacrificing Zionist operatives from
the 1946 Kielce Pogrom. In this incident (Jewish) Soviet and Zionist
agents probably worked together to make sure that surviving Polish
Jews chose emigration to Palestine over a return to Poland as both
the Soviet Union and the Zionist leadership desired at that time.
Because the Kielce Zionist recruiters were killed during the pogrom
(either by pogromists or by [Jewish] Soviet agents), critical
information about the crucial period leading up to the pogrom was
rendered forever unobtainable.
Some reports of the Mumbai attack indicate that the Holtzbergs rented
space to the attack planners over the past few months and thereby
helped make the operation far more effective.
An opportunity to interrogate the Holtzbergs would have helped
Hostages said dead in Mumbai Jewish
MUMBAI, India Commandos who stormed the Mumbai headquarters of an ultra-orthodox Jewish group found the bodies of five hostages inside, including a New York rabbi and his wife, officials said, as a fresh battle raged at the luxury Taj Mahal hotel and other Indian forces ended a siege at another five-star hotel.
More than 150 people have been killed since gunmen attacked 10 sites across India's financial capital starting Wednesday night, including 22 foreigners four of them Americans, officials said.
Early Friday night, Indian commandos emerged from a besieged Jewish center with rifles raised in an apparent sign of victory after a daylong siege that saw a team rappel from helicopters and a series of explosions and fire rock the building and blow giant holes in the wall.
Inside, though, were five dead hostages.
A delegation from Israel's ZAKA emergency medical services unit entered the building after the raid and reported through an Indian aide that five hostages and two gunmen were dead, a ZAKA spokesman in Israel said. The spokesman had no information on the hostages' identities or whether there were wounded inside.
Jewish law requires the burial of a dead person's entire body, and the mission of the ultra-Orthodox ZAKA volunteers is to rescue the living and in the case of the dead, carry out the task of gathering up all collectable pieces of flesh and blood.
Numerous local media reports, quoting top military officials, also said five hostages and two gunmen had been killed in the Jewish center.
The airborne assault on the center run by the Jewish outreach group Chabad Lubavitch was punctuated by gunshots and explosions as forces cleared it floor by floor.
Late Friday, Rabbi Zalman Schmotkin, a spokesman for the Chabad Lubavitch movement, said that Rabbi Gavriel Noach Holtzberg and his wife, Rivka, were among the dead.
The couple's toddler son, Moshe Holtzberg, was smuggled out of the center by an employee, and is now with his grandparents.
By Friday evening, at least nine gunmen had been killed and one had been arrested, said R. Patil, a top official in Maharashtra state, where Mumbai is the capital. Media reports said one or two were thought to still be in the Taj Mahal.
Patil said a total of more than 150 people had been killed and 370 injured.
After hours of intermittent gunfire and explosions Friday at the Taj Mahal, a hotel with 565 rooms, the battle heated up at dusk when Indian forces began launching grenades at the hotel, where at least one militant was believed to be holed up inside a ballroom, officials said.
Commandos had killed the two last gunmen inside the nearby Oberoi earlier in the day.
"The hotel is under our control," J.K. Dutt, director general of India's elite National Security Guard commando unit, told reporters, adding that 24 bodies had been found. Dozens of people including a man clutching a baby had been evacuated from Oberoi earlier Friday.
Security officials said their operations were almost over.
"It's just a matter of a few hours that we'll be able to wrap up things," Lt. Gen. N. Thamburaj told reporters Friday morning.
The group rescued from the Oberoi, many holding passports, included at least two Americans, a Briton, two Japanese nationals and several Indians. Some carried luggage with Canadian flags. One man in a chef's uniform was holding a small baby. About 20 airline crew members were freed, including staff from Lufthansa and Air France.
"I'm going home, I'm going to see my wife," said Mark Abell, with a huge smile on his face after emerging from the hotel. Abell, from Britain, had locked himself in his room during the siege.
The well-coordinated strikes by small bands of gunmen starting Wednesday night left the city shell-shocked.
Late Thursday, after about 400 people had been brought out of the Taj hotel, officials said it had been cleared of gunmen, but they later said two to three more were still inside with about 15 civilians.
Early Friday, Thamburaj, the security official, said at least one gunman was still alive inside the hotel and had cut of electricity on the floor where he was hiding. Shortly after that announcement, another round of explosions and gunfire were heard coming from the hotel.
On Friday, India's foreign minister pointed an accusing finger across the border at rival Pakistan.
"According to preliminary information, some elements in Pakistan are responsible for Mumbai terror attacks," Pranab Mukherjee told reporters in the western city of Jodhpur.
"Proof cannot be disclosed at this time," he said, adding that Pakistan had assured New Delhi it would not allow its territory to be used for attacks against India. India has long accused Islamabad of allowing militant Muslim groups, particularly those fighting in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, to train and take shelter in Pakistan. Mukherjee's carefully phrased comments appeared to indicate he was accusing Pakistan-based groups of staging the attack, and not Pakistan itself.
Earlier Friday, Pakistan's Defense Minister Ahmed Mukhtar, in Islamabad, denied involvement by his country: "I will say in very categoric terms that Pakistan is not involved in these gory incidents."
Indian home minister Jaiprakash Jaiswal said a captured gunmen had been identified as a Pakistani and Patil, the Maharashtra state official, said: "It is very clear that the terrorists are from Pakistan. We have enough evidence that they are from Pakistan."
Neither provided further details.
Pakistan's government said Friday that it will send its spy chief, Lt. Gen. Ahmed Shujaa Pasha, to India to help probe the attacks.
The gunmen apparently came to Mumbai by boat, and Indian forces expanded their investigation to the sea. Authorities stopped a cargo ship off the western coast of Gujarat that had sailed from Saudi Arabia and handed it over to police for investigation, said Navy Capt. Manohar Nambiar.
They also stopped a cargo ship that had come to Mumbai from Karachi, Pakistan, but released it when nothing suspicious was found on board.
The British government, meanwhile, was investigating whether some of the attackers could be British citizens with links to Pakistan or the disputed Himalayan territory of Kashmir, a British security official told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of his work.
The gunmen were well-prepared, apparently scouting some targets ahead of time and carrying large bags of almonds to keep up their energy.
"It's obvious they were trained somewhere ... Not everyone can handle the AK series of weapons or throw grenades like that," an unidentified member of India's Marine Commando unit told reporters, his face wrapped in a black mask. He said the men were "very determined and remorseless" and ready for a long siege. One backpack they found had 400 rounds of ammunition inside.
He said the Taj was filled with terrified civilians, making it very difficult for the commandos to fire on the gunmen.
"To try and avoid civilian casualties we had to be so much more careful," he said, adding that hotel was a grim sight. "Bodies were strewn all over the place, and there was blood everywhere."
A U.S. investigative team was heading to Mumbai, a State Department official said Thursday evening, speaking on condition of anonymity because the U.S. and Indian governments were still working out final details.
India has been shaken repeatedly by terror attacks blamed on Muslim militants in recent years, but most were bombings striking crowded places: markets, street corners, parks. Mumbai one of the most populated cities in the world with some 18 million people was hit by a series of bombings in July 2006 that killed 187 people.
These attacks were more sophisticated and more brazen.
They began at about 9:20 p.m. with shooters spraying gunfire across the Chhatrapati Shivaji railroad station, one of the world's busiest terminals. For the next two hours, there was an attack roughly every 15 minutes the Jewish center, a tourist restaurant, one hotel, then another, and two attacks on hospitals. There were 10 targets in all.
Associated Press writers Ramola Talwar Badam, Erika Kinetz, Anita Chang and Jenny Barchfield contributed to this report.
They killed Hemant Karkare, chief of the police anti-terrorist squad in Mumbai, to send a message that you cannot investigate the Mossad-RSS angle
Mumbai Terror Attacks: The Mossad Angle
by Amaresh Misra
November 27, 2008
The Wisdom Fund
MUMBAI, INDIA 4:00AM -- Mumbai is under attack. People and forces who killed Mahatama Gandhi, who demolished the Babari Mosque have triumphed. More than 16 groups of terrorists have taken over Taj, Oberai and several hotels. Hundreds of people are dead. For the first time no one is blaming Muslim organizations. The Mumbai ATS chief Hemant Karkare and other officers of the ATS have been killed. These were the same people who were investigating the Malegaon Blasts - in which Praggya Singh, an army officer and several other noted personalities of the BJP-RSS-Bajrang Dal-VHP were arrested. Karkare was the man to arrest them. Karkare was receiving threats from several quarters. LK Advani, the BJP chief and several other prominent leaders of the so-called Hindu terrorism squad were gunning for his head. And the first casualty in the terrorist attack was Karkare! He is dead - gone - the firing by terrorists began from Nariman House - which is the only building in Mumbai inhabited by Jews. Some Hindu Gujaratis of the Nariman area spoke live on several TV channels - they openly said that the firing by terrorists began from Nariman house. And that for two years suspicious activities were going on in this house. But no one took notice.
Our worst fears have come true. It is clear that Mossad is involved in the whole affair. An entire city has been attacked by Mossad and probably units of mercenaries. It is not possible for one single organization to plan and execute such a sophisticated operation. It is clear that this operation was backed by communal forces from within the Indian State. The Home Minister Shivraj Patil should resign. The RSS-BJP-VHP-Bajrang Dal should be banned. Advani and others ought to be arrested. Today is a day of shame for all Indians and all Hindus. Muslims and secular Hindus have been proven right. RSS type forces and Israel are all involved in not only destabilizing but finishing India. India should immediately snap all relations with Israel. We owe this much to Karkare and the brave ATS men who had shown the courage to arrest Praggya Singh, Raj Kumar Purohit, the army officer and several others.
A photograph published in Urdu Times, Mumbai, clearly shows that Mossad and ex-Mossad men came to India and met Sadhus and other pro-Hindutva elements recently. A conspiracy was clearly hatched.
This is a moment of reckoning especially for Hindus of India. The killers of Gandhi have struck again. If we are true Sanatanis and true Hindus and true nationalists and true patriots we have to see this act as a clear attack by anti-national deshdrohi forces. Praggya Singh, Advani and the entire brand is anti-national. They ought to be shot. Any Hindu siding with them is hereafter warned of serious consequences.
This is a question of nationalism. If no one else, the Indian army will not take this lying down. Communal, anti-national forces have attacked the very foundation of the Indian constitution and the nation. We will fight a civil war if need be against the pro-Hindutva, communal forces and their Israeli backers.
Dr. Amaresh Misra is an historian/journalist. His most recent book "War of Civilizations: India AD 1857" was released in March 2008 by the Vice President of India Shri Mohd. Hamid Ansari.
Enver Masud, "5,000 Killed, 50,000 Homeless in India 'Pogrom'," The Wisdom Fund, March 16, 2002
"Godhra bogie was burnt from inside: Report," Times of India, July 3, 2002
[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.--"India's CIA spy scandal," janes.com, July 1, 2004]
Peter Walker, "American expats caught up in Indian bomb blast inquiry," Guardian, July 29, 2008
[Haywood is a suspect in connection with the Ahmedabad blasts after a threatening e-mail was sent on the day of the blasts from his Internet Protocol address--" U.S. national Ken Haywood leaves India," hindu.com, August 19, 2008]
Rama Lakshmi, "Hindus Detail Involvement In Deadly '02 Riots in India On Video, Assailants Tell of State Collusion," Washington Post, October 26, 2008
[ . . the arrests of Hindus in a terrorism case and the use of the new tag "Hindu terror" have sparked enormous controversy. The acrimonious political debate and the street demonstrations in support of the accused threaten to paralyze India's concerted response to terrorism. The controversy also points to the growing complexities of combating tit-for-tat terrorism in this predominantly Hindu but officially secular nation.
Since May, several Indian cities have been rocked by bombings in crowded public places that killed more than 200 people.--Rama Lakshmi, "In India, Controversy Over Hindus' Arrests: Terrorism Case Sets Off Politicking, Protests," Washington Post, November 24, 2008]
"CIA, MOSSAD HAND BEHIND SANGH PARIVAR'S EXTREMISTS," Rashtriya Sahara, November 26, 2008
"Mumbai rocked by deadly attacks," BBC News, November 27, 2008
Tariq Ali, "India's Leaders Need to Look Closer to Home," counterpunch.org, November 27, 2008
Paul Joseph Watson, "Mumbai Attacks Blamed On Al-Qaeda As Pretext For U.S. Military Response," prisonplanet.com, November 27, 2008
[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".--"Hemant Karkare was known for fair investigation," ndtv.com, November 27, 2008]
[Alex Neill, head of the Royal United Services Institute's Asia security programme, believes the attacks were probably carried out by local jihadists linked to the radical Students Islamic Movement of India . . .
One possible mastermind and Simi member is Abdul Subhan Qureshi, a 36-year-old computer engineer suspected of being behind multiple bombings in Delhi, Jaipur, Bangalore and Ahmedabad earlier this year.
Mr Neill said Deccan Muhajideen would be a militant offshoot of Simi . . .
He 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.--Emily Pykett, "Was computer expert aged 36 the mastermind?," scotsman.com, November 28, 2008]
[The role that Nariman House is coming to play in this entire attack drama, is puzzling. Last night, residents ordered close to 100 kilograms of meat and other food, enough to feed an army or a bunch of people for twenty days. Shortly thereafter, the ten odd militants moved in, obviously, indicating that the food and meat was ordered, keeping their visit in mind, another cop added.--"Mumbai attack: Was Nariman House the terror hub?," mid-day.com, November 28, 2008]
[Janes information group, the world's foremost source on intelligence information, reported in July 2001 that "The Indian spy agency RAW and the Israeli spy agency Mossad have created four new agencies to infiltrate Pakistan to target important religious and military personalities, journalists, judges, lawyers and bureaucrats. In addition, bombs would be exploded in trains, railway stations, bridges, bus stations, cinemas, hotels and mosques of rival Islamic sects to incite sectarianism."--"Mossad And India Spy Agency Team Up, Target Pakistan," sos-at.blogspot.com, November 28, 2008]
[Ajmal has revealed the name of his fellow jihadis all Pakistani citizens as Abu Ali, Fahad, Omar, Shoaib, Umer, Abu Akasha, Ismail, Abdul Rahman (Bara) and Abdul Rahman (Chhota). . . .
According to him, the group set off on November 21 from an isolated creek near Karachi without the deadly cargo of arms and ammunition they were to use against the innocents in Mumbai. The group received arms and ammunition on board a large Pakistani vessel which picked them up the following day. The vessel, whose ownership is now the subject of an international probe, had four Pakistanis apart from the crew.--"Arrested terrorist says gang hoped to get away," Times of India, November 29, 2008]
"Kasab killed Karkare, Salaskar and Kamte: Mumbai police," Times of India, November 29, 2008
[The family of slain Maharashtra ATS chief Hemant Karkare has declined Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's offer of monetary help, sources said on Saturday.--"Karkare's wife declines 'Modi's compensation' offer," Indian Express, November 29, 2008]
[The Mumbai terror attacks were a gigantic exercise, a fight between those forces within the Indian establishment who want to take India towards the dangerous and suicidal US-Israel nexus and those who want India to stay Independent and have good relations with Pakistan, China and Iran.--Amaresh Misra, "Attack on Mumbai: Modi, Mossad, and Sangh Parivar," email, November 29, 2008]
[With a traumatized nation and a paralyzed government, a core group of secular ideologues and Hindu nationalists are executing a 'soft coup' in New Delhi to bring to power hawks who want to pursue America's agenda of grooming India as a regional policeman, sort out Pakistan and confront China.--Ahmed Quraishi, "Signs Of An Attempted Coup In New Delhi," ahmedquraishi.com, November 29, 2008]
Damien McElroy and Rahul Bedi, "Mumbai attacks: 300 feared dead as full horror of the terrorist attacks emerges," Telegraph, November 30, 2008
William Dalrymple, "Mumbai atrocities highlight need for solution in Kashmir," Guardian, November 30, 2008
[The only terrorist captured by Indian authorities following the Mumbai attacks told interrogators during questioning that he and his men were sent specifically to kill Israelis to avenge "atrocities" against the Palestinians, the Times of India reported Sunday.--"Terror in Mumbai," Haaretz, November 30, 2008]
Editor's Note: This Sunday morning, a British expert on CNN stated that it was not likely that 10 men, could carry out attacks at 9 locations, within a period of 30 minutes.--November 30, 2008
[A sane new line suddenly began doing the rounds from people like LK Advani, who have joyously been shouting about 'Muslim terror' for years - "Terror has no religion; why link an entire community or faith to the actions of a few?"--"Religion's Double Role," Tehelka Magazine, December 6, 2008]
"Hemant Karkare," Tehelka Magazine, December 6, 2008
Evidence Mumbai Attackers were Anglo-American Intel Operatives
November 27, 2008
As a BBC report notes, at least some of the Mumbai attackers were not Indian and certainly not Muslim.
Pappu Mishra, a cafe proprietor at the gothic Victorian Chattrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station, described two sprightly young men dressed in black with AK47s who were foreign looking, fair skinned.
Gaffar Abdul Amir, an Iraqi tourist from Baghdad, saw at least two men who started the firing outside the Leopold Cafe. 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, Amir told the BBC.
Other men walked into the cafe, drank beer, settled their bills and walked out. Then they fished out guns from their bags and began firing. Muslims do not drink alcohol, that is unless they are Muslims like Marwan Al-Shehhi and Mohamed Atta, who reportedly not only liked to drink but enjoyed lap dances by topless dancers as well before they supposedly hijacked planes and flew them into buildings.
Even though these firsthand accounts indicate the attackers were white, drank alcohol and displayed the steely and professional reserve of trained military men, the emerging story carried by the corporate media blames the attacks on al-Qaeda and specifically Lashkar-e-Taiba, one Arab and the other Asian. A terrorist group with training camps in Pakistan and strong ties with al-Qaeda as well as a history of mounting attacks in India yesterday became the chief suspect behind the atrocities, reports the Times Online, pointing to Lashkar-e-Taiba.
As the Times Online admits, Lashkar-e-Taiba is a creation of Pakistans Inter-Services Intelligence, or ISI. It receives considerable financial, material and other forms of assistance from the Pakistan government, routed primarily through the ISI. The ISI is the main source of LeTs funding. Saudi Arabia also provides funds, explains the South Asia Terrorism Portal. Lashkar-e-Taiba also played a part in the ISI organized Bosnian campaign against the Serbs, which was directed above the ISI by the CIA and British intelligence.
According to Andrew G. Marshall, the ISI has long been referred to as Pakistans secret government or shadow state. Its long-standing ties and reliance upon American and British intelligence have not let up, therefore actions taken by the ISI should be viewed in the context of being a Central Asian outpost of Anglo-American covert intelligence operations.
The presence of foreign looking, fair skinned commandos who calmly gunned down dozens of people after drinking a few beers indicates that the Mumbai attacks were likely the work of the Anglo-American covert intelligence operatives, not indigenous Indian Muslims or for that matter Arab al-Qaeda terrorists. The attacks prepare the ground for the break-up of Pakistan and the furtherance of destabilizing terrorism in the Middle East and Asia. The Mumbai attacks had little to do with India or the relationship between Muslim Pakistanis and Hindu Indians.
Pakistans position as a strategic focal point cannot be underestimated. It borders India, Afghanistan, China and Iran, concludes Marshall. Destabilizing and ultimately breaking Pakistan up into several countries or regions will naturally spread chaos and destabilization into neighboring countries. This is also true of Iraq on the other side of Iran, as the Anglo-American have undertaken, primarily through Iraq, a strategy of balkanizing the entire Middle East in a new imperial project. (See Marshalls Divide and Conquer: The Anglo-American Imperial Project.)
It is no mistake, as well, that Barack Obama has called for action against Pakistan. If we have actionable intelligence about high-value terrorist targets and President Musharraf wont act, we will, Obama said last August.
Regardless of who occupies the White House, the global elite are determined to continue their agenda of violence and murder in order to realize order through chaos. Obama and the Democrats will spend the next four years blaming George W. Bush for what the neocons have done while making sure the same destructive policies remain in effect. It is a shell game. George Bush and Barack Obama control nothing, they are little more than front men for the New World Order.
Gunfire and explosions were heard throughout the day and night from the besieged headquarters of the ultra-orthodox Jewish outreach group
Mumbai gunmen besiege hotels, kill 119 in 2 days
MUMBAI, India Indian commandoes fought Thursday to wrest control of two luxury hotels and a Jewish center from suspected Muslim militants, a day after a chain of attacks across Mumbai left at least 119 people dead and the city shellshocked.
Gunfire and explosions were heard throughout the day and night from the besieged headquarters of the ultra-orthodox Jewish outreach group Chabad Lubavitch and the Taj Mahal and Oberoi hotels, two of the top gathering spots for the Mumbai elite. Throughout the day, commandoes brought hostages, trapped guests and corpses out of the hotels in small groups while fires erupted periodically and firefighters battled the flames.
State officials said 119 people had died and 288 were injured.
The well-planned attacks began Wednesday night and officials said the gunmen were prepared, even carrying large bags of almonds to keep up their energy during the fight. Their main targets appeared to be Americans, Britons and Jews, though most of the dead seemed to be Indians and foreign tourists caught in the random gunfire.
The gunmen some of whom strode casually through their targets in khakis and T-shirts clearly came ready for a siege.
"They have AK-47s and grenades. They have bags full of grenades and have come fully prepared," said Maj. Gen. R.K. Hooda. Vice-Admiral J.S. Bedi, a top naval officer.
Ratan Tata, who runs the company that owns the elegant Taj Mahal, said they appeared to have scouted their targets in advance.
"They seem to know their way around the back office, the kitchen. There has been a considerable amount of detailed planning," he told a news conference.
Throughout the day, black-clad Indian commandos moved through the two hotels room by room in a bid to free the dozens of trapped people.
The Maharashtra state home ministry said dozens of hostages had been freed from the Oberoi and dozens more were still trapped inside. More than 400 people were brought out of the Taj Mahal, and army forces were still scouring the building for survivors early Friday morning.
Late Thursday night, authorities said they had killed three gunmen at the Taj and were sweeping the Oberoi in search of hostages and trapped people.
It remained unclear just how many people had been taken hostage, how many were hiding inside the hotels and how many dead still lay uncounted.
There were conflicting reports about hostages at the Jewish center. A diplomat closely monitoring the site said people were still being held there, though an Indian state official said earlier eight hostages had been released. Both sources spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media.
The diplomat said the eight people had likely been hiding in a nearby building.
On Thursday morning, a woman, child and an Indian cook were led out of the building by police, said one witness. The child was identified as Moshe Holtzberg, 2, the son of Rabbi Gavriel Noach Holtzberg, the main representative at Chabad house. The child was unharmed, but his clothes were soaked in blood.
Sandra Samuel, 44, the cook who pulled the boy out the building, said she saw Rabbi Holtzberg, his wife Rivka and two other unidentified guests lying on the floor, apparently "unconscious."
India has been shaken repeatedly by terror attacks blamed on Muslim militants in recent years, but most of those attacks have been coordinated bombings that struck random crowded places: markets, street corners, parks.
These attacks were far more sophisticated and more brazen.
They began at about 9:20 p.m. with the shooters spraying gunfire across the Chhatrapati Shivaji railroad station, one of the world's busiest terminals. For the next two hours, there was an attack roughly every 15 minutes the Jewish center, a tourist restaurant, one hotel, then another, and two attacks on hospitals. There were 10 targets in all.
Indian media showed pictures of black and yellow rubber dinghies found by the city's shoreline, apparently used by the gunmen to reach the area. Both of the luxury hotels targeted overlook the Arabian Sea, which surrounds the peninsula of Mumbai.
At the Chhatrapati Shivaji railroad station, a soaring 19th century architectural monument, gunmen fired bullets through the crowded terminal, leaving the floor spattered with blood and corpses.
"They just fired randomly at people and then ran away. In seconds, people fell to the ground," said Nasim Inam, a witness.
Analysts around the world were debating whether the gunmen could have been tied to or inspired by al-Qaida.
"It's clear that it is al-Qaida style," but probably not carried out by the group's militants, said Rohan Gunaratna, of the International Center for Political Violence and Terrorism Research in Singapore and author of "Inside Al-Qaida."
"Yesterday's attack is a watershed because for the first time, the terrorists deliberately attacked international targets," he said, noting that symbolic high-profile targets had been chosen, apparently to magnify the effects of the violence.
Indian media reports said a previously unknown group calling itself the Deccan Mujahideen claimed responsibility in e-mails to several media outlets. The Deccan is a region in southern India that was traditionally ruled by Muslim kings.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh blamed "external forces" for the violence a phrase sometimes used to refer to Pakistani militants, whom Indian authorities often blame attacks on.
"The well-planned and well-orchestrated attacks, probably with external linkages, were intended to create a sense of panic, by choosing high profile targets and indiscriminately killing foreigners," he said in address to the nation.
Survivors of the hotel attacks said the gunmen had specifically targeted Britons and Americans.
Alex Chamberlain, a British citizen dining at the Oberoi, told reporters that a gunman ushered 30 to 40 people from the restaurant into a stairway and ordered everyone to put up their hands.
The gunmen "stopped once and asked, 'Where are you from? Any British or American? Show your ID.' My friend said, 'Tell them you're Italian.' And there I was with my hands up basically thinking I was in a lot of trouble."
Chamberlain said he managed to slip away as the patrons were forced to walk upstairs.
One man brought out of the Oberoi, a who identified himself as a Pole but did not give his name, told reporters he had seen many bodies inside, but refused to elaborate, saying he had promised police not to discuss details of the rescue operation.
Among the dead were at least four Australians and a Japanese, said the state home ministry. An Italian, a Briton and a German were also killed, according to their foreign ministries.
At least three top Indian police officers including the chief of the anti-terror squad were among those killed, said Roy.
Among those foreigners still held captive in all three buildings were Americans, British, Italians, Swedes, Canadians, Yemenis, New Zealanders, Spaniards, Turks, French, a Singaporean and Israelis.
The United States, Pakistan and other countries condemned the attacks.
The motive for the onslaught was not immediately clear, but Mumbai has frequently been targeted in terrorist attacks blamed on Islamic extremists, including a series of bombings in July 2006 that killed 187 people.
Mumbai is one of the most populated cities in the world with some 18 million crammed into shantytowns, high rises and crumbling mansions.
India has been wracked by bomb attacks the past three years, which police blame on Muslim militants intent on destabilizing this largely Hindu country. Nearly 700 people have died.
Since May, a militant group calling itself the Indian Mujahideen has taken credit for a string of blasts that killed more than 130 people. The most recent was in September, when explosions struck a park and crowded shopping areas in the capital, New Delhi, killing 21 people and wounding about 100.
Relations between Hindus, who make up more than 80 percent of India's 1 billion population, and Muslims, who make up about 14 percent, have sporadically erupted into bouts of sectarian violence since British-ruled India was split into independent India and Pakistan in 1947.
Associated Press writers Anita Chang, Erika Kinetz and Jenny Barchfield contributed to this report
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