Double Cover: Behind The Mumbai Terror Attacks / [2] What Is A Commando Raid?

Here's the second installment of a series on the Mumbai terror attacks:
Double Cover [2]: What Is A Commando Raid?

The previous installment is here:
Double Cover [1]: Nothing Can Ever Be The Same


Good Lord, Winter!

Have you been taking some special Superman supplements or something? Can I have some?

I've been doing some research myself but this, THIS, is the beginning of another masterful documentation, at the very least. You started right at the msm. What genius.

Two names: Rakesh Patel and Alex Chamberlain. These intrigue me.


I accidentally deleted a comment from tsisageya. Very sorry about that, t. Sad

That's okay.

I was talking too much anyway.

My own additional emphases (2cents):

India’s commercial capital
terrorist spectacular
Britain is the former colonial power in India and Pakistan and closely monitors terrorist suspects in those countries.
This type of terrorism is spreading, through Pakistan and now India
India police called "terrorist attacks" on 10 locations in India's financial centre.
Police say the attackers came by boats
Nine suspects have been arrested in connection with the attacks, and seven are fishermen
One group headed toward the Cafe Leopold, a popular hangout for Western tourists
American and British
British or American
British or American
singled out British and American citizens
US and British citizens
British and Americans
British or Americans
British or American
British or Americans
which targeted local people rather than foreigners and hit single rather than multiple targets
experienced commanders
two luxury hotels


WP said:

"And for every detail that doesn't make sense, a dozen suspicions arise. "

Only a dozen? Why not 50? Or 500? In fact, there is no limit. It just depends how much time you have to think about it, ... and write about it.

Los del BBC had a good article talking about "celebrity terrorism":

"No matter how obscure, every detail of this multi-point, sustained attack was soon being pored over by terrorism experts, trying to fit the carnage in Mumbai into one template or another.

So the speculative - and often tendentious - questioning began.

What were the tactics of the terrorists? What weapons did they have and where could they have got them? How much planning and preparation would have been necessary for a military-style operation of this sort? Who were the terrorists - where were they from and what did they want?

Who was the mastermind behind the attacks? And did the attacks have the hallmarks of an al-Qaeda-style operation. Was it all part of the global jihad against the West?

This is precisely how terrorism is meant to work - the terrorist's action must always be complemented by the target's reaction in order to complete the scene."

We saw the same thing happen during the anthrax attacks of October 2001. 9-11 sent the USA into a state of panic, but the anthrax attacks galvanized opinion right where and when and how it mattered.

If there is any relevance to this Mumbai attack, I think it is probably going to be same the same panic-sowing phenomenon. As los del BBC continue:

But, for all the horror of the Mumbai attack, there might have been much less to it than first met the eye, and a hasty and exaggerated response might have played more of a part, and given more meaning to the attack than it should.

Nobody appears to have heard of the Deccan Mujahideen - perhaps because they have never existed.

Perhaps it was not so difficult after all to plan and execute this attack: small arms and hand grenades are not hard to find, boats are scarcely specialised equipment, and Mumbai is a vast, open city with more than enough soft targets.

And Hindu-Muslim violence is hardly a new phenomena in India (just as crap reporting based on one or two eyewitness reports is hardly new to Western media).

This attack is not as important as What Happens Next.

Is this a pretext for a Pakistan-India war? LEt us hope not.

Were these gullible young terrorists sent to meet their deaths just so that the Global Financial Crisis might be off the front page over Thanksgiving? More likely.

Was Osama Bin Laden the one who orchestrated the attack? If so, is he the ultimate double agent, sending his Islamic Fundamentalist Terrorists children into battle whenever and wherever it might serve the interests of his family and their friends in Washington and Riyadh? Who knows???!

I mean really, who knows???!

We have no idea.

The whole thing is a monumentally horrific homage to the stupidity of Western media targets. As los del BBC say:

"The attack in Mumbai was obviously planned - but "military-style planning" (whatever that means) is probably not necessary for the mass murder of unarmed and unsuspecting civilians going about their business in crowded railway stations and restaurants.

This could also have been a plan which had a large gap where mission, cause or vision statement ought to have been.

But no matter. The terrorists might have assumed, quite correctly as it happens, that the world's media and the terrorism analysis industry would very quickly fill in any gaps for them. "

A bunch of kids searching for MTV glory? Maybe. But who sent them?

El BBC caballero speculates:

"Perhaps we have come to the point where casually self-radicalised, sociopathic individuals can form a loose organisation, acquire sufficient weapons and equipment for a few thousand dollars, make a basic plan of action and indulge in a violent expression of their generalised disaffection and anomie."


Or perhaps somebody hit the SEND button on this missive.

If so, expect a follow up to clarify the message. And watch for who sends, interprets and responds to THAT.

Meanwhile, assuming this is all what it seems, the indictment of current US government alarmism is none the less harsh:

The invitation to the world's D-list malcontents reads as follows: No matter how corrupt your moral sense, how contorted your view of the world, how vapid and inarticulate your ideas, how talentless you are and how exaggerated your grievance, an obsessive audience will watch your every move and turn you into what you most want to be, just before your death.

Note the author of that BBC article: Paul Cornish is Chair of Chatham House's International Security Programme. You, me and WP are not the only ones sick of this nonsense.


Winter wrote -"This deliberate crossing of the line -- or diving into the pit, as you prefer -- has demolished any shred of "plausible deniability" the CIA and its clandestine operations may once have enjoyed."

My sense is that the elite are making an endrun. It started with Dubya and 911. Evil usually only comes out from behind cover when it is in complete control. This is obviously not the case here so the only other explanation to me is that they are forced to by running out of time. And I would be thinking a resurgent Russia and China and dwindling oil stocks.

But whatever, they can't turn back now.

26/11 was the day when we

26/11 was the day when we heard that our Metro City Mumbai attacked by the terrorists. Even nobody believes that why they attacked on TAJ HOTEL. I think we have to think that what are the reason behind all the attacks and eventually the term comes to our mind is “PAKISTAN”.

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