Nov 30 2008
Modern societies are not police states. There is no way to stop a small number of fanatical martyrs from going on mass killing sprees like we have seen in India this week. The chilling detailsÂ of what was planned for Mumbai (Bombay), India, now spewing from the sole surviving attacker, are a wake up call for the world:
The terrorist gang, thought to number as few as 10 gunmen, had planned to kill 5000 people and destroy the iconic Taj Mahal Palace hotel and the stock exchange. In the end, their murderous toll was closer to 200, and left the Taj Mahal and the Tident-Oberoi hotel badly charred and damaged.
Kasab had months of training before the attack where he was instructed in the use of military weapons and explosives. He and his fellow attackers, aged between 18 and 28, were also drilled in close quarter combat.
An Australian witness, Ray Lacey, who saw the attackers in the foyer of the Taj Mahal, said they were highly disciplined and did not waste bullets.
Kasab told investigators they were instructed to conserve their ammunition so they could sustain their attack for as long as possible. “I have done right. I have no regrets.”
Kasab told interrogators that most of the volunteers for the suicide mission spoke Punjabi. They were given false identities and were discouraged from interacting with each other beyond what was barely necessary.
The meticulous planning for the terrorist mission took more than a year, investigators say. The preparations for the atrocity began in a remote mountain camp in Muzaffarabad, in Pakistan-administered Kashmir.
(Read about this amazing photo here). Â The planners, funders and suppliers of this human atrocity are still at large and preparing the next blow. The fact is 10 people can inflict a lot of damage if we allow them time, space and financing to prepare and train. That is why there can be no training camps for Islamo Jihadists (or any terrorists ideology) any place on this planet. If we hesitate all we do is provide the enemy time to muster itself to deliver a blow. Months of precision targeting of al-Qaeda and Taliban terrorist leaders in the Pakistan Tribal Areas – known to house terrorist training camps and strategic planners – were unable to stop this horrendous act.
Pakistan can complain all it wants about how unfair it is the US targets people inside its borders, but this week’s death toll is the reason Pakistan has no grounds to complain. If it controlled what happens inside its borders (a) attacks like what happened in Mumbai would be very rare, if they would happen at all, and (b) America would not be sending armed predators into Pakistan’s tribal regions to perform the security actions Pakistan is incapable of executing.
If bloodshed continues to flow from Pakistan’s tribal region the world will have no choice but to eradicate the cancer that festers there.