Monday, December 01, 2008

Mumbai, Muslims and Other: Steyn has it right

Mark Steyn in the Washington Times - - -

When terrorists attack, media analysts go into Sherlock Holmes mode, metaphorically prowling the crime scene for footprints, as if the way to solve the mystery is to add up all the clues.

The Bombay gunmen seized British and American tourists. Therefore, it must be an attack on Westerners!

Not so, said Newsweek's Fareed Zakaria.

If they had wanted to do that, they would have hit the Hilton or the Marriott or some other target-rich chain hotel. The Taj and the Oberoi are both Indian-owned, and popular watering holes with wealthy Indians.

OK, how about this group that's claimed credit for the attack? The Deccan Mujahideen.

As a thousand TV anchors asked on Wednesday night, "What do we know about them?"

Er, well, nothing. Because they didn't exist until they issued the press release. "Deccan" is the name of the vast plateau that covers most of the triangular peninsula that forms the lower half of the Indian Subcontinent.. . .."

OK. So does that mean this operation was linked to al Qaeda? Well, no.

Not if by "linked to" you mean a wholly owned subsidiary coordinating its activities with the corporate head office.

It's not an either/or scenario, it's all of the above.

Yes, the terrorists targeted locally owned hotels. But they singled out Britons and Americans as hostages.

Yes, they attacked prestige city landmarks like the Victoria Terminus, one of the most splendid and historic railway stations in the world.

But they also attacked an obscure Jewish community center.

The Islamic imperialist project is a totalitarian ideology: It is at war with Hindus, Jews, Americans, Britons - everything that is other. , , ,

Steyn’s entire column’s here.

War on “everything that is other” nails it