The Spin Begins on Who is Behind Mumbai’s Terrorist Attacks

Pigeons fly as the Taj Hotel continues to burn in Mumbai, India, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2008. Teams of heavily armed gunmen stormed luxury hotels, a popular restaurant, hospitals and a crowded train station in coordinated attacks across India’s financial capital Wednesday night, killing at least 82 people and taking Westerners hostage, police said. A previously unknown group, apparently Muslim militants, took responsibility for the attacks. (AP Photo/Gautam Singh) Original Filename: APTOPIX_India_Shooting_XGS120.jpg

And so the spin and damage control begins and Fareed Zakaria, editor of Newsweek International, is leading the campaign. Even though the murdered are not yet buried and the total number of murdered are not yet tallied, Fareed Zakaria has written the following about the Islamic terror attack in Mumbai in this week’s Newsweek. He blames the attack on poverty.  But being a practicing Muslim himself, he wouldn’t have the guts to blame it on anything else.  This is Muslim identity politics at work.  What’s worst, is that America still swallows the pablum that Islam is a religion of peace in spite of the 1,400 years of empirical evidence that it is not:  Via Newsweek:

One misconception is the assumption that these attacks were aimed primarily at foreigners. Look at their targets.

The two hotels they attacked – the Taj and the Oberoi – are old, iconic Indian hotels. It used to be true that these places were affordable only by Westerners, but today they are filled with Indian businessmen.

If the aim was to hit Americans or other Westerners, the big American chains all have hotels there, and there are many more distinctly American targets.

One of the untold stories of India is that the Muslim population has not shared in the boom the country has enjoyed over the last ten years. There’s enough alienation out there that there are locals who can be drawn in to plots.

That tends to be a pattern, from Madrid to Casablanca to Bali – some hard-core jihadis who indoctrinate alienated locals they can seduce.

It is outrageous that Zakaria would print such a falsehood.  The Islamic terrorists in Mumbai attacked famous sites like the Taj hotel precisely because foreigners were inside.

The Muslim terrorists reportedly asked hostages their nationality. Among those that were held captive include Americans, British, Italians, Swedes, Canadians, Yemenis, New Zealanders, Spaniards, Turks, a Singaporean and Israelis.  Not foreigners?  Shyeah, riiiiight.

Of course, Fareed Zakaria’s article does not explain why innocent Jews at Nariman House, the Jewish resident center in Mumbai were murdered in cold blood, but it doesn’t matter because the spin has begun.

TV grab from Indian TV via Sky News shows an armed man suspected to be one of the assailants, according to Sky News, after a series of attacks in Mumbai on November 26, 2008, with police reporting firing incidents and explosions at different sites across India’s financial capital. About 60 bodies and more than 200 injured people have been brought to a hospital in Mumbai after a series of shootings and blasts across India’s financial capital, the Press Trust of India said. AFP PHOTO / SKY NEWS RESTIRCTED TO EDITORIAL USE NO SALES NO FILES (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images) Original Filename: Par2285706.jpg

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