The Mumbai Bombings’ Message

Ryan Mauro is a fellow with the Clarionproject.org, the founder of WorldThreats.com and a frequent national security analyst for Fox News Channel. He can be contacted at ryanmauro1986@gmail.com.


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The terrorists behind the three bombings in Mumbai on July 13 that killed at least 23 people obviously want to torpedo any dialogue between India and Pakistan, but the Pakistani government (or at least the ISI and other extremist factions) may want to send a message: You need us.

The attacks came around the anniversary of the July 11, 2006 train bombings that killed over 200 people in Mumbai. A leader of a group called the Indian Mujahideen (IM) confessed to his role in this attack, and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LET) has also been linked. The latter displayed its lethality with its sophisticated attacks on Mumbai in November 2008 that killed 164 people. Suspicion for these latest attacks is falling upon the IM, but the LET may have used the IM as a front, given their close links.

“When LET’s terrorists were arrested, ISI had a problem internationally. So their strategy was to train more and more people of Indian origin,” said New Delhi Joint Police Commissioner Karnail Singh in 2008. Top IM leaders, specifically the Bhatkal brothers, are currently sheltered by the LET in Karachi. India’s Intelligence Bureau has even suspected that IM is made up altogether by the LET and presumably, its Pakistani backers.

The attacks happened shortly before scheduled meetings between the Indian and Pakistani foreign ministers on July 26. They are believed to be part of a campaign called the “Karachi Project,” which was conceived by the LET and retired officers from the Pakistani army. The IM has also been linked to Harkat-ul-Jihad al-Islami, an Al-Qaeda affiliate. Rising jihadist star Ilyas Kashmiri served as the group’s operational commander until he was killed in a drone strike on June 3. Kashmiri sought to spark a war with India to halt Pakistan’s counter-terrorism operations. This should also be considered an objective of the perpetrators.

The LET operates openly in Pakistan under the name of Jamaat ud-Dawa, and is unlikely to undertake an operation that would result in the loss of its safe harbor. The LET’s leader still preaches to the public, and the group has boasted of having over 200 facilities in the country, including schools, hospitals and charities. The Long War Journal says the group “essentially runs a state within a state.” If the Pakistani government, or factions inside of it, approve of the operation, then they are also trying to send a message.

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  • Jim

    The terrorists must have mistaken Hindus for Jews. Well maybe on second thought it's because the Hindus are just not Muslims.

    • aspacia

      Hindus are polytheists, and considered legitimate targets for Muslims, even more so than Christians and Jews.

  • Amused

    At this late date in time , muslim savages need not send any "messages " , for their universal message and intents are clear -KILL ALL THAT IS NON-MUSLIM .Proximity and opportunty make India an easy target .At the start of the India -Pakistan War in 1971 , "our ally " under Bhutto , West pakistan invaded East Pakistan ,it's military had as their directive -to kill as many Hindus and shia that they could , sparing neither man woman or child . ONLY India's intervention after literal MILLIONS were slaughtered , finally stopped these SAVAGES . NOTHING has changed since then . Pakistan today is the epitomy of an evil entity .

  • Rifleman

    It was no warning or message, just the s.o.s. from jihadis. They've been mass murdering civilians in India all my life and longer.

  • Chezwick_mac

    "The Obama administration has suspended $300 million in aid,…"

    Um, actually, the figure was $800 million.

  • scum

    The Hindu/Muslim conflict is a very old one. Look at the Mughals who occupied India for centuries. It should be noted, however, that organized Hindu groups have been quite effective at counter-attacks. Remember, Gandhi himself was killed by Naturam Godse, a Hindu extremist, leading to a rash of brutality and orgiastic slaughter in the northern regions near Pakistan. This is not a conflict that will end with the end of Al-Qaeda. . . . The nuclear brinkmanship that occurred a few years ago will no doubt resuface before it's all over.

    • aspacia

      Yes, you are probably correct.

  • waltjr

    Both India and Pakistan are Nuclear States. Iran is probably producing Nuclear Bombs more than likely they already have. All of these countries are so chaotic, it is only a matter of time when one of them will push the button.

  • BLJ

    The ISI is a huge problem. They have been on the side of Radical Islam since the beginning. They hate Hindus.

  • Amused

    The ISI is nothing more than the expressed will of Pakistanis / Muslims have been slaughtering Hindus from the time of the Moghuls , right up to , and including the present . Investigate the origin of the name of a mountain range in India -The Hindu Kush mts.. Kush translated= BLOOD . In addition the murderous cult of Koli , called the THUGGEES / a.k.a. Stranglers [modern word thug originates from them ] was made up of Brahmans and MUSLIMS .They were responsible for the murders of literal millions until they were brought dowm virtually singlehandedly by British Colonel Sleeman roughly 100 years ago .

  • Jedishaferyn

    It is amazing how the "good guys" of the world are increasingly under siege. First Israel and now India, with much of Europe to follow. My most recent article at http://thenewknighthood.blogspot.com has more on this subject, but it just amazes me that the suits in Washington D.C. can't see it. Scratch that, they want this to happen. It makes their job of gaining even more power much easier.

  • tintusms

    The world does not care about Indian Citizens because the Indian Government does not care about it's own people. It has refused to take any action against Pakistan time and time again. The US will never lift a finger against Pakistan because the Indian Government has never taken any action against Pakistan.

  • Sound&Fury

    If anyone has any illusions about a peace deal with the Palestinians in exchange for Palestinian statehood, Mumbia should serve as a cautionary tale of what Israel can expect.

    • yoe di korsow

      difference is, Israelis are bad *ss mofo's. It will be much harder to attack their city. Thank God for their defensive capabilities.