Wednesday, December 3, 2008


Psychotic Terrorists in Search of a Grievance - David Aaronovitch

Why kill the rabbi? Why invade the small headquarters of a small outreach sect of a small religion? The one surviving attacker said his group came largely from rural southern Punjab in Pakistan. It is therefore unlikely that any of them had even encountered a Jew, or knew anyone else who had. Yet last week, Nariman [Habad] House was chosen for special murderous attention. It reminded me of the 2003 Istanbul bombings when - post Iraq war - specifically British and American targets were augmented, for some reason, by blowing up synagogues belonging to the much diminished Jewish population of that city. The only possible reason for going to such lengths to seek out a few Jews is ideology - because someone has told you, and you have accepted, that these people are your particular enemies. One sees here a psychosis in search of a grievance, not an expression of an existing grievance. There isn't anything that will persuade such people, once radicalized, not to try to kill us. (Times-UK)

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Psychotic terrorists in search of a grievance
Those who wreaked havoc in Mumbai were not thinking of Kashmir. They were brainwashed by an ideology of hatred

One COMMENT by a reader of the Times Online:

The only - maybe symbolic - scrap of hopeful news during the attacks was that the Rabbi's son was rescued by a Christian aided by a Muslim and that the Hindu neighbours of Nariman House bravely tried to repel the terrorists with rocks (source: Ha'aretz)

More COMMENTS there.

The Rabbi and the Terrorists - Dennis Prager
Why would a terrorist group of Islamists from Pakistan whose primary goal is to have Pakistan gain control of the third of Kashmir that belongs to India devote so much of its efforts to killing a rabbi and any Jews with him? For the Islamists, as for the Nazis, the destruction of the Jews is central to their worldview. With all the Pakistani Islamists' hatred of Hindus, the terrorists did not attack one Hindu temple. With all their hatred of Christian infidels, they did not seek out one of the 700,000 Christians in Mumbai. Great evils often begin with the murder of Jews, and therefore non-Jews who dismiss Jew-hatred (aka anti-Semitism, aka anti-Zionism) will learn too late that Jew- and Israel-haters only begin with Jews but never end with them. (Town Hall)

See also Double Standards Becloud War on Terrorism - Abraham Cooper and Harold Brackman

At Mumbai's Habad House of fellowship and prayer, six religious people - none of them intelligence officers - were bound, tortured, and executed because they were Jews, just as Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl had his head cut off in Pakistan because, as he told his kidnappers, "I am Jewish." What else must murderous groups like al-Qaeda and its cohorts have to do to convince the media and the world that Mumbai is just the latest in their murderous global jihad against any nation or any believer - Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist, or Muslim - who opposes them? Rabbi Abraham Cooper is Associate Dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center. Dr. Harold Brackman, a historian, is a consultant for the center. (New York Post)

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This post is taken from the Daily Report Prepared for the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations by the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs
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