Second time in our life time Bombay, also known as Mumbai, has been hit by coordinated serial bombing. Mumbai blast of 1993 was terrible and what we have here is even more scaring. Though the number of fatalities, as of writing this article, is less than 1993, it is still very high and the target was Mumbai’s railway network.
I am staying in Dubai but all my families and near-distant relatives are in Bombay. When I heard the news about these blasts and that it was all in the localities that my family/relatives stays I was shivering. I was on my way for Magrib Salat (namaz) and praying & hoping my families, relatives and friends are safe. The blasts where timed and synchronized for peak hours. I was thinking how many of my friends and persons I know might be traveling during this time. And eagerly hoping I don’t get to hear any personal bad news. During the next few hours I was able to get in touch with many and was lucky to know they are safe. But how many in Mumbai may not be that lucky today and would be grieving for their lost.
The blasts happened in Mumbai and 1000 miles away I was in grip of terror, fearing for the safety of my family. It was only after talking with them that I was relieved. And most of the non-resident Indians having their dear ones back in Mumbai may have gone through similar pains.
The Mumbai blast is surely an act of Terrorism and terrorism has no face, no boundary, no beliefs in existence of God and his promise of Judgment day. Terrorism surely has no value for life. The murder of a single man, not guilty of any heinous crime, is a keen to murdering the whole humanity. But people who perpetuate such crimes are Terrorists, who works only for money, for their selves, for the fulfillment of their desires at any cost.
They won’t believe in Quran which says:
“For that, We ordained for the Children of Israel that whoever kills even one person, except as punishment for murder or major crimes, it would be as if he has killed all of humanity. And whoever saved one innocent life, it would be as if he saved all of humanity.” – Quran Verse (5:32)
The Administration has been inefficient in providing the necessary security. And now it should not be so in conducting the investigation. It would do no justice if the investigation and police agencies, like in many past cases, catch up the wrong guys who later after years of prosecution & defense are acquitted by the Judiciary. And the real culprits are free to perform their next act. We don’t need scapegoats, and neither would we appreciate if the Police show us only the infantry involved. In a country with millions of poor, one can at least find thousand such infantry who would be ready to commit any crime for few thousand Rupees. To be real efficient, the investigation agencies have to catch or at least come up with strong evidence to frame the masterminds. And show evidences which are worth their salt in the Court of Law.
All hypotheses should be considered and verified. In times today, it is fashionable for every analyst to say hours after the blasts that it ‘carries the signature of Al Qaeda‘. Al Qaeda, a group even these analysts never heard of prior to 9/11 and which has been made hugely ineffective as a functional unit. This same thought would have never come to their imagination, for instance, during Mumbai 1993 blasts or any other incident prior to 9/11. Though it would be foolish not to consider its involvement, as every possibilities should be considered. But it would be more idiotic if the investigation agencies, to meet deadlines & show results, defaults to this common punching bag.
If we are to believe this British intelligence analyst Richard M Bennett, who says on Rediff:
“This has all the hallmarks of a Special Forces/Intelligence operation… it may have been carried out by expendable extremists, but those who were the promoters and brains have military training.”
Now whether this is a lame attempt of external forces to influence the Indian think-tank in believing ISI involvement or not, it surely is a valid and logical conclusion. We have seen, as in March 1993, to efficiently execute such well-coordinated attacks it needs military backing. Reviewing the so many terrorist attacks globally in last half-century will only reveal this single common factor – the powers at top behind the executioners are government-funded agencies.
Whether it is Russia’s KGB, Pakistan’s ISI, America’s CIA, Britain’s MI5 or Israel’s Mossad, it is an open secret that these agencies receives billions of dollar annually to carry out covert operations in foreign lands. Time and again we have seen in news (which later is quickly dispelled) about their involvement in funding local warlords, mafia gangs and regional extremists. To be honest even India’s RAW is no angel and has been active in its neighborhood – definitely in Sri Lanka, Nepal, Pakistan & Bangladesh.
Pakistan has well feed the insurgent in Kashmir and to a large extent in 90′s Punjab, which also received huge support from Britain. Likewise India is accused of its support to LTTE in Sri Lanka, and the then East Pakistan which later became Bangladesh. America’s CIA which is the largest intelligence network and with a huge booty to spend, is very much active through out the world and not limited to its neighboring foreign lands. And why we forget that it was the Green Dollar which was used to form Al-Qaeda and arm it with all the weapons.
Terrorists by themselves are dummies and, in fact, the most vulnerable people on earth that can be easily manipulated through money, religious feelings, national cause or black-mail. Through these manipulations they will commit any crime in their homeland or foreign lands.
Recently we have seen many sting operations in USA and Canada to catch-up wannabe terrorists. Whether it was the Miami Seven or Canada’s 17, in each case we have seen how these Government Intelligence agencies manipulated the individuals involved, recruited them, gave them a plot for execution and also the necessary material. Though these operations where meant to be sting and so they were never executed. But what if they were allowed to continue with the execution? Simple – all over the world the news would talk about “Terrorist attacks”, “Islamist Extremism”, the world would have believed the news, the infantry culprit dead on way to hell, the wannabe foot soldiers praising the martyrdom and the Intelligence agency busy classifying & wiping out any of their left-over footprints.
To strike home my point, consider if tomorrow there would be a terrorist attack involving Nuclear/Biological weapons. Do you think any group like Al Qaeda, Lashkar, LTTE or IRA has the capability/facility to indigenously manufacture such weapons? ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a clear No, and the only way they can get such weapons is through these various Government-backed shadowy agencies & their projects.
Now where is the global Will to stop these real powers who are affecting our life and mind? Why is it taboo to criticize the role of such agencies that are, on ever increasing basis, performing deeds against humanity? If the national interest and national security can only be maintained by playing havoc in foreign lands, then who would stay safe in this world?
Enough of money and power has been given to such agencies which are the real terrorist outfits. Enough of their secrets have been kept classified and away from any Judiciary system. In our century, unfortunately, You and I are not safe from their mischief.