Indian View: Cover-up?

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Indian View: Cover-up?

Sandhya Jain

While stock-taking has only just begun, it already appears as if some

things are being covered up. In these circumstances, the retention of

Narayanan who was invisible during the entire crisis though he was

too visible in the hated Indo-US nuclear deal does nothing to inspire

confidence. In an atmosphere when media hype persistently reminds us

of the Twin Towers tragedy in New York, one can only think of the

success of Prince Bandar in escorting all well-connected Saudi youth

out of America in the immediate aftermath of 11 September 2001.

Some things deserve an immediate answer – how many terrorists were

there actually; how did they reach their respective destinations

inland; and is it possible that “super-terrorists” simply walked out

with the real survivors after having utilised the “mercenaries” to

the hilt, just as they had murdered the navigators of the boats that

brought them to Mumbai?

Current media reports and government sources say that the terrorists

came by sea, landing near the Gateway of India or Colaba. This

certainly explains the attacks on the sea front hotels like Taj,

Oberoi and the Nariman House. But the question remains – how did they

get to the CST station, Cama Hospital, and other places inland?

Someone must have provided transport and back-up.

By no logic can anyone believe that nine separate sites in a city

could be held to ransom by just 10 men. It is particularly difficult

to believe that gigantic hotels like the Taj could be ruined and

scores of guests killed or injured by just two men (sometimes the

figure goes to six). Even two men per floor could not have caused the

kind of death and destruction that did happen. A small place like

Nariman House, yes, but Taj and Oberoi – I don’t believe it. And if

there were six persons at Taj and at least two at Nariman House, that

means only two persons destroyed the Oberoi? has interviewed the doctors who conducted the post-mortems

on the dead hostages and terrorists, and it is their expert opinion

that a battle of attrition took place over three days at the Oberoi

and Taj hotels. The mutilation of the bodies was unlike anything they

had seen in their careers in forensics.

For one, the bodies of the victims bore horrible signs of torture.

Now this is understandable if the victims are being tormented by half-

human beasts, but it seems strange that two terrorists could

simultaneously fight and keep Indian commandos at bay for 62 hours,

and also have the time to torture their victims. Yet the doctors were

emphatic that:

“It was apparent that most of the dead were tortured. What shocked me

were the telltale signs showing clearly how the hostages were

executed in cold blood.”

To my mind, it seems apparent that the terrorists who kept the NSG

commandos engaged and those who tortured and killed the hotel staff

and guests were two separate groups.

This suspicion is intensified by the startling revelation that the

terrorists also did not meet a clean death. Doctors who conducted the

post-mortem said the bodies of the terrorists – especially their

faces – were beyond recognition. The security forces identified the

bodies as those of terrorists [on TV they said it was because of the

presence of weaponry near the bodies].

One terrorist was shot through either eye (i.e., both eyes!!!). As

the NSG commandos never got to such close range with the terrorists,

and nobody commits suicide by shooting both his own eyes, it follows

that the killers were somebody else. Since none of the hotel guests

could have the kind of weaponry used in the conflict, this suggests

the presence of a mysterious third party, making the terrorists the

victims of a classic double-cross – the stuff of spy thrillers.

Actually, it reminds one of the convenient murder of the alleged

killer of President John F. Kennedy.

Hence it would be entirely in order to closely interrogate each and

every guest, especially the foreign guests, before allowing them to

leave the country. Without false emotionalism, we should also

fingerprint them for the future; who knows what Interpol cooperation

may throw up.

Top Russian counter-terrorism expert, Vladimir Klyukin, an Afghan war

veteran, opines that the Mumbai attackers were not “ordinary

terrorists” and were probably trained by the special operations

forces set up in Pakistan by US intelligence prior to the Soviet

withdrawal from Afghanistan. In his view, the nature of the Mumbai

events suggests the signature of the ‘Green Flag’ special operations

forces created by the Americans in Pakistan, just a year before the

Soviet withdrawal.

Guerrilla operations of the Mumbai kind require at least two-three

years of preparatory work with experienced instructors. Raw trainees

cannot hold four huge complexes in a city to ransom for so long. The

Russian Interfax news agency reported the former KGB veteran as

surmising the involvement of at least 50 terrorists, given the

geography and sheer scale of the attacks. This seems like a

legitimate estimation.

What is more, the only way 9 coordinated attacks can occur

simultaneously is by using Global Positioning Systems (GPS) or live

maps for communication and control. These are not normally owned by

private parties. Initial investigations also suggested that as many

as seven terrorists included mostly British-born Pakistanis, and one

does hope that these leads are not covered up. The reports also

suggested some gunmen were captured, but later media reports

highlighted that only one terrorists was caught alive at the railway

station. So there is a lot of confusion here that needs to be cleared


Certainly the hints about British involvement, openly asserted by the

outspoken Lyndon LaRouche, need investigation.

Media has been heavily criticized in some quarters for airing visuals

of NSG commandos dropping on the hotel roofs from helicopters, and

thus giving operational secrets away to the militants watching TV

inside. If the criticism is to be valid, however, we will have to

accept that the terrorists had more men inside who could be deployed

to watch TV and give information which would enable them to react and

rebuff the aerial assault. There is no way 2 to 6 terrorists could

torture victims sadistically and kill them brutally, watch TV, fight

and keep the security forces at bay for 62 hours, and then kill

themselves or each other in impossible ways.

The death of terrorists points to a clear double-cross and also the

possibility of the involvement of more than one religious

denomination. That the terrorists did not prepare for death by

carrying potassium cyanide is well known; nor did they simply intend

to blow themselves up like the usual suicide bombers. The surviving

terrorist has revealed that they were told of an escape plan – and no

doubt that plan was used by those who killed their fellow terrorists

and walked out free!

This writer has consistently stated that modern, late 20th-21st

century jihad is qualitatively different from the medieval jihad in

which Muslim armies led by generals or kings ran over much of the

world in Europe, North Africa, and Asia. Contemporary jihad is a

mercenary tool of Western colonialism, serving a colonial intent with

devout slavishness, and this seems borne out by the events of Mumbai.

What remains to be seen, however, is whether or not the Islamic world

wakes up to the reality of its own self-enslavement. India on its

part has demonstrated that no matter how long it takes to get

operational, no matter the cost in terms of live and property, the

territory of Bharat Mata will be protected.

It is more than likely that Pakistan was rebuked by its British and

American `friends’ (read Masters) for agreeing to send the ISI chief

to assist in the investigations, and forced to backtrack on a solemn

assurance. The teams from Scotland Yard and America, ostensibly

coming to assist India in the probe, are more likely trying to

ascertain the extent of evidence with India.

It is pertinent that the recovery of a satellite phone from the

trawler abandoned with the body of the Gujarati captain revealed that

the trawler had been hijacked to Karachi Port, and while there, calls

were made even to Australia (where the CIA has a famous outpost!)

Interestingly, General Leonid Ivashov, who was Chief of Staff of the

Russian armed forces when the Twin Towers tragedy happened on 11

September 2001, insists that there is no such thing as international

terrorism and that “the September 11 attacks were the result of a set-

up. What we are seeing is a manipulation by the big powers; this

terrorism would not exist without them.” Instead of faking a “world

war on terror”, the best way to reduce such attacks is through

respect for international law and peaceful cooperation among

countries and their citizens

[http://www.voltaire 33909.html]

Globalization creates the conditions for the emergence of this

terror. It seeks to design a new world geo-strategic map; appropriate

the resources of the planet; erase cultural identities; and subjugate

States before a global oligarchy. Thus, terrorism, according to Gen.

Ivashov, is an instrument of world politics, “a means to install a

unipolar world with a sole world headquarters, a pretext to erase

national borders and to establish the rule of a new world elite. It

is precisely this elite that constitutes the key element of world

terrorism, its ideologist and its “godfather”.

Contemporary international terrorism combines the use of terror by

State and non-State political structures to attain political

objectives through intimidation of people, psychological and social

destabilization, elimination of resistance inside power

organizations, and the creation of appropriate conditions for the

manipulation of the countries’ policies and the behaviour of people.

Media complicity helps. But terrorism is not possible without the

support of political and business circles that wield the funds to

finance it – and Pakistan is notoriously bankrupt.

More pertinently, only secret services and their current or retired

chiefs have the ability to plan and execute an operation of such

complexity and scale. It is secret services that create, finance and

control extremist organizations.

Is it possible that M.K. Narayanan has been retained by the current

pro-Western dispensation to “help” the Western secret services (State

actors) in the current mess, to facilitate their long-term agenda by

manipulating and misleading the nation and the people? We deserve an

answer; we demand to know.

The author is Editor, http://www.vijayvaani. com