A familiar story in London

There are no local products in this globalised world

The terrorists were home-grown, but had links to Pakistan. And even as the security forces revealed their profiles, the authorities and the media took pains to clarify that the actions of a few should not make the entire community culpable. This could have been the scene after any of the major terrorist attacks in India. This is also the scene that is unfolding in London. This may be what is necessary to manage the aftermath of a terrorist attack, but should not be stretched to the point of allowing the guilty to escape in its wake.

For one — the terrorists may be home-grown, but their terrorism is not. Every society has its discontents, heterogenous ones more so. But as Ajai Sahni writes in this week’s South Asia Intelligence Review, the factor that drives society’s discontents into terrorists is not home-grown.

A ‘hardening’ of Islam through a distortion of the relatively pluralistic practices of South Asian Muslims – a process of “religious mobilisation and an extremist Islamist reorientation” that may extend over decades before it is translated into violence. This involves a triad of ideological concepts: the transnational Islamic ummah, khilafat and jihad. The transfer of populations and demographic destabilisation – both externally induced and natural – have been powerful complementarities in these processes. [SATP]

And like India, Britain too would do well to discard the kid gloves with which it is handling Gen Musharraf. The jihadi organisations that he continues to patronise need to brought under sharp focus. Since 9/11, Pakistani jihadi organisations have been active in India, the United States and Australia. It would be reasonable to speculate that London has been their most recent victim.

Indeed, shielding innocent local Muslim populations from irrational ‘backlash’ attacks requires authorities to lay the blame where it belongs — foreign nurseries are as much to blame as the home-grown rotten apples.

3 thoughts on “A familiar story in London”

  1. I must say west is not handling Gen Mush very well, It is Musharraf who is handling the west and runing this smart campaign against Taliban/Al-Qaeda, Demonstrating that he is figting aginst Talibaan amd Al-Qaedaqa. To this date there hasn’t been any major break through to get Talibaan or Al-Qaeda, because it is in teh interests of Pakistan that Taliban is on loose in Afghanistan or bordrers out there.. which measn as long as Taaliban and
    Al Qaida are on loose in border araes of Pakistaan/Afghanistaan, west like US will have to engage with Pakistan as an ally, if this problem is sorted out then US has nothing to gain from engaging with Pakistan as an ally, everything to loose only. Which means US will ally with INDIA, to counter China. India and US has more in common as compared to either Pakistan or China. And this poropsition makes Pakistan nervous and unthinkable, that’s why it is in Pakistans interests that Taliban/Al Qaede remain loose in bofder areas.
    So that’s why i said, it’s not West who is using General , Its General who is using West quite smartly. Dont unde estimate him he is samrt.

  2. London Bombings mastermind was a Pakistani

    Detectives think the suspect, whose name was not made public, is a Pakistani Briton in his 30s with possible links to al-Qaida followers in the US. Police believe the mastermind of the London terror attacks arrived in Britain last month and left the day before the bombings, a published report said Thursday.

    Investigators think they have identified the man and are hunting intently for him, The Times reported.

    Detectives think the suspect, whose name was not made public, is a Pakistani Briton in his 30s with possible links to al-Qaida followers in the U.S., Britain’s Press Association and the newspaper said. The Times said he is thought to have chosen the specific locations for four suicide bombings on London’s Underground.

    A red double-decker bus was also blown up, but many believe that attacker had planned to hit a train on the subway’s Northern Line and was thwarted because mechanical problems had shut the line down.

    British media have identified Pakistani Britons Shahzad Tanweer, 22; Hasib Hussain, 19 and Mohammed Sidique Khan, 30 as suicide bombers who set off the July 7 explosions. A fourth bomber is also believed to have died but the press has not identified him.

    Squad cordoned off an Islamic youth centre

    Police investigating the subway and bus bombings in London searched further in the northern city of Leeds on Thursday. A military bomb squad cordoned off half a block of the Beeston area of Leeds, which contains an Islamic youth centre, as unit members wearing camouflage fatigues as they expanded their systematic investigation of the neighbourhood.

    One police officer, who refused to give his name, told The Associated Press the officers were going block-to-block to try to speak with anyone who might have known the suspects. Police also were making a quick examination of select homes, looking around for anything they might find suspicious.

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