Monday, December 1, 2008

Mumbai: what happened and where is it?

Mumbai: most Americans don't know where this is, nor do they care (see this post). If one looks at the international news, instead of the sheeple news, one will find other views of this incident. Whatever view one is reading, I hope the first question that will come to mind is: Cui bono? Who benefits? At present, the USA has a vested interest in creating pandamonium between India and Pakistan, in the last analysis, for an oil corridor. Read the following stories on Mumbai and compare them with western media journalism and perhaps a circumspect perspective will emerge to give a better basis in evaluating this event.

Mumbai attackers trained by special forces: Russian expert
30 Nov 2008
MOSCOW: A top Russian counter-terrorism expert on Sunday underlined that the Mumbai attackers were not "ordinary terrorists" and were probably
trained by the special operations forces set up in Pakistan by the US intelligence prior to the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan.

"The handwriting and character of the Mumbai events demonstrates that they were not ordinary terrorists," said Vladimir Klyukin, an Afghan war veteran.

"Behind this terrorist attack there are 'Green Flag' special operations forces, which were created by the Americans in Pakistan, just an year before the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan, and in the initial period were under full US control," stressed Klyukin, a veteran of the special "Vympel" commando group of the former Soviet KGB.

He said for such guerrilla operations at least two-three years of preparatory work with the involvement of experienced instructors is required.

Klyukin did not rule out that the Mumbai attackers could have taken part in similar attacks in other regions.

"People from the streets, without any planning and training are simply not able to hold four big complexes in a city so long," Soviet special services veteran was quoted as saying by largest Russian Interfax news agency.

He also presumed that there were at least 50 attackers given the geography and scale of the strikes.

Klyukin lauded the "right" decision of the Indian authorities not to succumb to terrorist demands.

He, however, regretted that India lacks special anti-terror units similar to the Russian, Israeli, British or German.

Nearly 200 people were killed in the multiple terror attacks in the Indian financial capital, hitting five-star hotels and other targets frequented by Westerners.

Mumbai attacks could be linked to US
November 30, 2008
The terrorist attacks in Mumbai might have been provoked by the United States' actions in Pakistan, according to Russia's permanent NATO representative, Dmitry Rogozin.

"As a matter of fact the United States should ponder over this issue, maybe they provoked all this by their operations and the disproportionate use of force against Pakistan," Rogozin said.

NATO has a large presence in Afghanistan, and recently the US has conducted several raids into Pakistan.

"As for not asking the permission of Pakistan and the Pakistani president, they deliver strikes killing civilians, already not on the territory of Afghanistan, but in Pakistan, where, as the U.S. assumes, Al Qaeda gunmen and Talibs are hiding," he added.

There were reports from hostages released in Mumbai that the terrorists were specifically looking for Britons and Americans. According to one Italian national, a terrorist asked where he was from and the Italian replied 'Italy' to which the terrorist said 'fine' and let him go.

Rogozin warned of the fallout of US-Pakistani relations, which could end up threatenting Russia's security as well.

"To shatter Pakistan is a catastrophe for the whole region, it is a fiasco for the NATO operation in Afghanistan," Rogozin said, adding "But the most important thing is that it is a problem for us and for our security, as this territory is just several hundred kilometres away from us."

Rogozin has called for serious attention to be paid to the actions of the terrorists and particularly to their actions against foreigners.

RT's military expert Evgeny Khruschev says it is unlikely that the Pakistani government was involved in the recent attack in India. However, he says, it does reveal the lack of control the government has over militants operating in the country.

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