Mumbai: Another Shining Example of Islam’s Peace, Love and Tolerance

By Randy Taylor, Independent Analyst

29 November 2008: Hundreds of people injured and over 100 now dead in a most horrific terrorist attack in Mumbai, India all by Muslim Terrorists. The words “Muslim” and “Terrorist” just seem so synonymous anymore. I move that we just start placing the word “Muslim” in the dictionary to describe the word “terrorist”.

The multiple attacks on Wednesday night were very well coordinated and executed. The terrorist were also looking specifically for American and UK citizens as they came down through the hotel screaming and shooting. The fact that they specifically sought these people for hostages steers me away from accepting this as being solely an Indian Based mujahedeen group. The group’s name, unknown until only recently is the “Deccan Mujahedeen” which in my opinion are a ghost group. A terrorist group name that was made up that further complicates the investigation and designed to throw the authorities off track. Remember that the Islamic terrorists are experts at propaganda and just as they do in Iraq, they claim more groups than there actually are. There are many group names and group film logos floating around but there are probably only 1/3 of the groups actually in existence. This is proven by the fact that I have on file many terrorist films where several group logos have been applied to the same film. Its propaganda designed to deceive us into thinking that there are more groups than there actually are.

This attack carries all the hallmarks of an al Qaeda planned and coordinated attack. The authorities and media were quick to say that this was an Indian Muslim Mujahedeen attack by “Deccan Mujahedeen” but if you add up all the facts, it steers one away from assuming this to be 100% correct. There may have been elements of a local cell involved but the training and financing came from al Qaeda.

Another key point is that after the attacks started, a police van showed up and started shooting at civilians. No doubt this vehicle was either a clone or a stolen police van. This is a documented al Qaeda technique (right out of their training manuals) to steal first responder vehicles and after the initial attacks to send in the clones to start the second wave of violence or attacks. We can expect the same when they attack here again. So don’t be too relieved when the police car or ambulance shows up. It may carry further death with its arrival.

The fact that they were seeking tourists with American or UK passports also indicates that this wasn’t strictly the Indian Muslim Mujahedeen. Granted, they killed many Indians yet the fact that they were specifically targeting westerners sends a signal that at least part of the group if not all were al Qaeda. This indicates at least some of the terrorists are transplants or imports from outside India.

If they manage to capture a few and perform some interrogations we would most likely find that these people trained in Afghan or Iraqi terror training camps. This type of mission requires training and more specifically, precise timing to coordinate attacks as these terrorists managed to do. I don’t think it was purely Pakistani group as they wouldn’t have let any of the Hindus go at the hotels. There is a deep rivalry between the two countries and when they were releasing Hindus and keeping Americans and British, that throws up a red flag.

Three of India’s top Anti-Terror cops were specifically killed. That in itself is a very bold move and not typical of a local terror cell that plans on sticking around. Al Qaeda on the other hand would do this as routine.

We may never hear the exact truth on what the authorities find out which is par for the course. When it comes to terrorism acts and where to place the blame, you have to carefully examine all the oddities. They may well say that this was a local group because India doesn’t want to admit that an outside group could hit them this easily. That’s pretty much what I expect as far as official statements.

Here’s a lesson for us. The terrorist entered through the Colaba shipyard. They arrived in a small boat, approximately ten men aboard. They came by sea, 10:00 PM at night under the cover of darkness. Unsecured entry point allowing access to a major city.  They chose soft targets for the most part.

This could play out in any city or town in the United States or Canada at any time. It doesn’t have to be a seaside town or city. Rivers and lakes allow the same access to many cities and towns here in the United States.

There was an advisory recently issued regarding mass transit attacks. This is and always has been a desired target of terrorists. We have to watch the “soft targets”. Soft targets are defined as an unprotected civilian target. While you are doing your Christmas shopping this year, keep your eyes open. Pay attention to your surroundings and the people in your immediate area. Watch for suspicious activity. Watch for people leaving parcels or bags and walking away. Notify police or security if you see anything odd.

If you see a suspicious parcel, DO NOT USE YOUR CELL PHONE TO CALL THE AUTHORITIES. Many bombs are detonated by cell phone. Remember that. If police or security start using radios and phones then MAKE SURE YOU ARE LONG GONE.

Our law enforcement are well aware that the Christmas season is an attractive target to terrorists with crowded malls, stores, churches and schools full of people. They are doing their best. Much of this falls on you to help them do their jobs. One police officer or security officer has only two eyes. Christmas shoppers have thousands of eyes.

Be safe. Stay vigilant. By the way, Happy Thanksgiving.