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.
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