Analysis of Mumbai Terror 26.11.2008

In reverse chronological order. (Last updated 15 Dec 2008).

Dawood Ibrahim: Is Dawood getting the spotlight he deserves ? No — Role of Alleged CIA Asset in Mumbai Attacks Being Downplayed.

Jeremy R Hammond’s in-depth analysis: The Mumbai Attacks: More Than Meets the Eye. (There are some minor mistakes here, e.g. he says the name of the ship is “MV Alpha” but it is known to be “Al-Hussaini’). Otherwise, there is a lot of plausible details offered by the article.

Wayne Madsen deciphers
Dawood message to Zardari: cooperate with U.S. and India in extradition and more of your trucks will be toasted. According to Madsen, Zardari’s trucks were torched by Dawood. Madsen has reduced this to some sort of feud !

11 Dec 2008:

Please also check out a rival collection Analysis of Mumbai Terror Attacks maintained by MTK.

Sudha Ramachandran wrote about how Red China’s vetos protected Jamaatut Dawa (JuD). Communist China had blocked previous attempts by the U.N. Security Council to declare JuD a terrorist organization. This time, India was worried that China would do it again, but for some reason they did not. Let us hope that our Indian leftists will mimic China just as faithfully as before, now that such a thing has happened. (Perhaps the Dalai Lama is what communist China’s dictators have in mind when they use the word terrorist!).

An ex general of the Pakistan army, Mr Talat, spoke sensibly about the consequences of the Mumbai attacks

Pakistan had been in denial for the first few days, but things have changed by now. Terror attacks traced to Two from Pakistan, reported the New York Times on 6 Dec 2008.

Asia Times on 6 Dec 2008 carried an article titled Pakistan follows its own path by Syed Saleem Shahzad. This article names two ISI/Pak military officials listed as terrorists: Lieutenant-General Hamid Gul, and retired Squadron Leader Khalid Khawaja.

More about the occupants of the Nariman House (Chabad House): Lubavitchers – dangerous game is worth a careful read. (Note: The term Zionists does not include all Israelis, this is a distinction not understood by many). This article says the Lubavitchers were playing a dangerous game. Where they victims of that ?

Pakistan and the Lashkar’s jihad in India by Praveen Swami in the Hindu newspaper, 9 Dec 2008 is worth reading.

After Mumbai by P Sainath, CounterPunch. 11 Dec 2008 is full of insight.

The Sovereignty Dodge: What Pakistan Won’t Do, the World Should By Robert Kagan, Washington post. (Required Washington post access to read this). Robert Kagan of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace calls for an internationalized response, but explains why the U.N will not be able to deal with this due to the veto system.

Michael Chussodovsky’s Analysis from Global Research.CA

Mossad-CIA Connection To Mumbai Terror Attacks? by Sikand (

Sandhya Jain’s Article from “Israel Shamir” web site ( carries some thought provoking analysis.

India – Beyond the Age of Terror by Kashif-ul-Huda in makes a strong and rationally argued plea for the idea of India. It exhorts Indian nationalists of all faiths to rally around the idea of India, instead of focusing on differences in faith and creed. The article, coming from an Indian muslim author and pubished in an Indian muslim community oriented website, gives me a sense that Indian muslims feel a certain urgency to act, to save their relatively comfortable identity within the multi-ethnic / multi-faith tolerant framework that India is. I hope this spurs greater inter-faith dialog with the nation as the common ground that needs to be preserved.

2 Dec 2008:

Asia Times: Al-Qaeda ‘hijack’ led to Mumbai attack by Syed Saleem Shahzad, 2 Dec 2008. A detailed expose’ which claims that an ISI-LeT planned plot was hijacked by certain actors within ISI/LeT, and that became the terror of Mumbai.

Asia Times: Strange storm brews in South Asia by M K Bhadrakumar, an erstwhile career diplomat. 2 Dec 2008

Christian Science Monitor report 28 Nov 2008 is a survey of different analyses. Some of the articles surveyed swallow the “Deccan Mujahideen” bait and conclude that it is home-grown terrorism. Others analyze the modus operandi and level of sophistication in planning and organization and reach different conclusions. A nice who is who of sorts which throws light on different spins and their spinners.


2 responses to “Analysis of Mumbai Terror 26.11.2008

  1. Pingback: Updated Collection of Analysis Articles « Mumbai lives 26.11.2008

  2. excellent analysis of the arc of crisis and usa’s strategy of tension in the region. ive linked to it as well.


    Thanks MTK, for your comment and for your collection of articles on analysing the Mumbai terror attacks. -MB

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