Jihadi disclaimers

…are part of their war on India

The Hizbul Mujahideen is a terrorist conglomerate headquartered in Pakistan but with a wide network in Jammu & Kashmir. It is generally believed to restrict the scope of its operations to the state. Speaking from Islamabad, the HM spokesman denounced attacks on civilians as outrageous and asserted that his organisation would neither carry out nor countenance such attacks. He didn’t clarify whether his comments were restricted to the bombings in Mumbai or included the ones in Srinagar on the same day.

The Lashkar-e-Taiba is a terrorist conglomerate headquartered in Pakistan with an increasingly widening international network. Its broad stated agenda—establishment of an Islamic caliphate—gives the ISI abundant room to carry out a variety of operations under the ‘plausible deniability’ it provides. The ISI’s deniability is all the more plausible when the Lashkar-e-Taiba itself denies its involvement in any of those operations. Like, as is now suspected, in the attack on Mumbai.

Pakistan’s Daily Times which largely endorses Khurshid Kasuri’s statements explains that Pakistan’s jihadi outfits could not have been involved because they have denied it.

Mumbai terrorism must be seen in context: Islamabad has roundly and swiftly condemned the blasts. Local Islamist groups like Hezb-ul Mujahideen and Jamaat ud Dawa have refused to take responsibility for them. This is interesting since the whole idea behind mounting a terrorist attack is to propagate a cause on the one hand and spread terror on the other. This means that a group which employs terror to advance a political cause must wear its actions like a badge of honour instead of keeping them secret. [DT]

The Daily Times’ analysis is simplistic. Contrary to ‘al-Qaeda’ attacks in the Middle East and West, in all the recent terrorist attacks in Ayodhya, Benares, New Delhi and Bombay, the objective was the same—to trigger off an avalanche of communal riots, which would not only multiply the damage manifold but also muddy the waters to such an extent that the terrorists themselves would largely escape blame for setting the ball rolling. This is the real context. And in this context, the jihadis’ explicit denial—especially the Lashkar’s—points to their culpability. For communal riots are far more likely in a dark atmosphere of doubt, suspicion and wild rumours than in the clarity following a celebratory videotape. In the ISI-jihadi grand strategy of attempting to defeat India by setting Indians against each other, denials and disclaimers are merely tactics.

Update: Now, ‘al-Qaeda’s’ Jammu & Kashmir representative calls in to express his happiness at the attacks. Either an opportunist or another attempt at creating confusion.

8 thoughts on “Jihadi disclaimers”

  1. Nitin,

    May be I am going against prevalent wisdom, but I do not think that primary aim of terrorist attacks in communal conflagration. I think aim of these attacks is to spread terror and kill Indians, communal tension is a spin off for terrorist though


  2. Yes, Daily Times was disappointing.

    These idiots tried this before and it did not work. Of course, given our extreme “tolerance” (read weakness) they figure they can take many more shots.

    Gaurav: disagree. They seek the snowball effect. At a minimum we must deny them that – and keep the focus on this act.

  3. No i agree with Gaurav. Communal riots is just one spin off benefit they aree seeking. their main aim is to kill as many infidels as possible.

  4. Gaurav: your statement was interesting, but perhaps you’ve have missed an underlying narrative in Nitin’s post: the culpability of Pakistan.

    Guerilla terrorist organizations, pertinently the Islamist ones, do not have a goal of extermination per se. Their goal is drawn mostly from a feeling of revenge, rounding off with a desire to establish an Islamic ummah.

    So, instigating communal riots in a Muslim minority state does NOT satisfy this desire because it shall result in the killing of mostly Muslims.

    If we are to accept the communal riot hypothesis, we should also accept that the source of conflict is not Islamic, that Islamism is only the means. That the source is a rogue state: Pakistan.

    Additionally, the optimal way to instigate a communal riot is not by bombing a crowded train. There is a reason Shiv Sena has not made belligerent anti-Muslim statements, and that reason is not maturity.

    The communal riot hypothesis thus leads us to conclude this without wishywashiness and doubt:

    The cause of terror is not merely Extremist Islam, it is Pakistan.

    This has important policy implications.

  5. Apollo,
    A well planned communal riot will kill more ‘infidels’ than bombs. The bombs this time were used to kill those ‘infidels’ who run this country’s economy who otherwise would have a better chance of escaping death in communal riots.

  6. what do u mean by “well planned” riot?

    the very definition of riot is “breakdown in order”

    Maybe the instigation can be planned, but then if a riot happens it is a “breakdown” it is unruly mobs throwing at each other.

    And minority communities are always at a disadvantage during a riot because the other mob will be always bigger and will hence kill more.

    so the more efficient way is to organise small groups which can co-ordinate better and kill more infidels and then deny the “community” had anything to do with it.

    This is like the school yard bully who hits u on the head and then when u turn around he and his cronies deny everything. u know they did it but no one will listen to u. they will tell u to understand the root causes of the problem.

    If u hit back. then everyone will say ur at fault. this is the problem both israel and india are facing.

  7. Apollo,
    In India the arm of the law sides with the majority during riots. We saw that in Delhi(1984), Bombay(1993), Gujarat(2002). Minus that and the picture will be very different. You have no idea how this community gets riled up once it has to do with their religion and thats where a well planned riot is useful.

  8. I rest my case. i don’t want to argue this further. it is too sickening to talk of people lives in terms of statistics.

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