On July 11, eight bombs exploded aboard commuter trains in Mumbai, killing
190 people. No group has come forward claiming responsibility. But according
to mainstream coverage, such as the yesterday's
report in the San Francisco Chronicle by Anna Badkhen, the prime suspects
are “militant Islamic groups with ties to Pakistan."
What the mainstream press fails to report is the direct connection
between the terrorist groups they name, and Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence
(ISI) -- a virtual branch of the American CIA. This in turn leads back to the
same (alleged “al-Qaeda”) apparatus also responsible for the Bush
administration’s 9/11 and other post-9/11 terror events.
Saeed Omar Shiekh and the ISI
Francisco Chronicle report, perhaps unwittingly, provides a damning trail
directly back to possible covert Anglo-American involvement.
It quotes the Times of India, which cites Indian intelligence sources saying
that two radical Muslim groups are behind the attacks, “one of them based
in Pakistan, which has fought two wars with India over Kashmir. That group,
the newspaper reported is the Pakistan-based militant group Lashkar-e-Toiba,
or Army of the Pure . . . The other group . . . is the Students Islamic Movement
of India, which has been in a loose alliance with Lashkar-e-Toiba.”
The Chronicle report also offers this: “In Washington, a US official
who spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity pointed to another
group, Jaish-e-Mohammed, or Army of Mohammed, which is also affiliated with
al-Qaeda, according to the Bush administration. Targeting trains at rush hour
traffic is a tactic Jaish-e-Mohammed favors, the official said.
“The US government has designated Jaish-e-Mohammed a terrorist organization.
One of its members, Shiekh Omar Sayed, has been sentenced to death for the murder
of US journalist Daniel Pearl in 2002.”
Michel Chossudovsky has exposed
this network, including the two groups named. Through the ISI, a branch of the
CIA, US-allied Pakistan has promoted secessionist movements in India for decades.
The ISI has been instrumental in the creation and ongoing guidance of the militant
Islamic groups, including ‘al-Qaeda’ terror cells.
From Chossudovsky’s groundbreaking book, America’s “War on
Terrorism” [my emphasis in italics-LC]:
“The December 2001 terrorist attacks on the Indian parliament -- which
contributed to pushing India and Pakistan to the brink of war -- were conducted
by two Pakistan-based rebel groups, Lashkar-e-Taiba (Army of the Pure) and
Jaish-e-Muhammad (Army of Mohammed), both of which are covertly supported by
Pakistan’s ISI. The timely attack on the Indian parliament, followed
by the ethnic riots in Gujarat in early 2002, were the culmination of a process
initiated in the 1980s, financed by drug money and abetted by Pakistan’s
"Needless to say, these ISI-supported terrorist attacks serve the
geopolitical interests of the US. They not only contribute to weakening and
fracturing the Indian Union, they also create conditions which favor the outbreak
of a regional war between Pakistan and India.”
Attributing the incident to a Saeed Omar Shiekh-affiliated group also brings
us full circle to the original 9/11 “al-Qaeda” network, which, in
turn has been exposed as a US military intelligence apparatus.
Here is Michael C. Ruppert,
from his book Crossing the Rubicon, on Omar Saeed Shiekh [my emphasis in italics-LC]:
“He is variously known also by the names of Ahmad Umar Shiek, Ahmad Omar
Saeed Shiekh, and Umar Shiekh. He was raised and educated in London, and by
whatever name he is known, it has been acknowledged that he was an ISI agent.
When the Times of India revealed that by examining his cell phone records (obtained
through Indian intelligence services) they could prove that he was the leg
man who had wired $100,000 to Mohammed Atta in Florida just days before
the [9/11] attacks, they did not know that he was going to be arrested and convicted
for the murder of [Daniel] Pearl. It was the cell phone records, among other
things, that tied Shiekh directly to the ISI. And before this link to the ISI
Chief General Mahmoud Ahmad became known and corroborated by major US papers,
the American press had been setting him up as the number one al-Qaeda bag man.
“The ISI connection changed all that and became a liability for the US
Finally, as Ruppert noted, “with so much damning evidence stacking up
to suggest that the CIA had actually helped to finance the 9/11 attacks, there
was nothing left for the mainstream press to do but engage in a game of confusion.”
This game of confusion was analyzed by Chaim Kupferberg’s in “9/11
and the Smoking Gun that Turned on its Tracker” (Part
One and Part
Two), another analysis that leaves no doubt about US/Bush administration
involvement behind 9/11, and CIA connections to “al-Qaeda."
Bottom line: if the Mumbai attacks can be attributed to the ISI, a branch of
the CIA, and the same “al-Qaeda” terror groups tied to US military
intelligence groups working (either knowingly or guided) by the Bush administration’s
intelligence agencies, what purpose did it serve US interests?
How does the US benefit from a destabilization of India?
A breakout of war between Pakistan and India favors US geostrategy in a number
of ways. The possibilities will undoubtedly be analyzed, in coming weeks and
Broadly, the collapse of the Indio-Pak peace process opens the political doors
for new US military interventions on the Eurasian subcontinent, and a restrengthening
of the US presence on the Eurasian
corridor, (which has, in recent months, been weakened by perceived failure
of the Bush administration’s Iraq operation).
The other geopolitical “games” that benefit from violence in India
include the setup towards any military action in Iran, revived operations in
Iraq and Afghanistan, and the continuing superpower chess games with China and
Russia. The overriding long-term imperative for all nations, of course, is energy.
As Ruppert notes in Crossing the Rubicon:
“If energy demand in China, India and Indonesia is allowed to grow as
much as analysts say it will, then these three countries may well crowd the
rest of the world out of the energy market . . . It is plain that growing energy
demands will bring China, India and Indonesia into conflict with the developed
world. The United States in particular, as the top world consumer of oil, will
likely either have to curb consumption to make room for other countries or will
have to find some way to curb demands of the emerging energy consumers. Moreover,
competition for diminishing oil resources could threaten the US dollar hegemony
over world oil transactions.”
According to Ruppert, the US attitude on India and energy is mixed. “Being
so energy-poor, India may have no choice but to take what they can get,"
from Pakistan (which, prior to recent violence, was on course to provide India
with access to a proposed Central Asian gas pipeline). At the same time, “it
is foreseeable that India . . . may be left to starve, with much of the third
world. Or it is possible that a nuclear exchange and/or a bloody war could be
spurred on between India and Pakistan strictly for the purpose of population
reduction. Such designs are despicable, but not out of the range of possibilities
for starving nations.”
Finally, there is also the perennial propaganda imperative on the part of the
Bush administration, and its many “allies in the war on terrorism."
All perceived dips in mass public perception of the “war on terrorism”
have triggered real as well as manufactured-for-media terror events. The Indian
government, not surprisingly, is “vowing to battle terrorism," and
issuing statements that repeat time-honored anti-terrorist rhetoric. And another
shell-shocked populace is “reeling."
A final sickening reality is that Anglo-American-Israeli “war on terror”
aggression has (by design as well as unintentionally) fomented and unleashed
real terrorism and “blowback” that can no longer be controlled.
In the end, as was the case with 9/11, London 7/7, Bali, and every
other post-9/11 “terror” calamity, we are left with another horrific
tragedy. But we have also been handed a damning new evidence trail that leads
to suspects in high places with means, motive, opportunity -- and geostrategy.
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