Sunday, November 30, 2008

Casual terror and the Public as casualty – that is Congress way!


 

'Shocked' PM forgets his terrible record



Kanchan Gupta 

(Sunday, November 30, 2008 Pioneer)


 

http://dailypioneer.com/137775/%27Shocked%27-PM-forgets-his-terrible-record.html

 


The Congress believes, yes it really does, that its leaders alone have the right to 'politicise' national security while others should treat it as a 'national issue' above partisan politics. So, the Congress has been prompt in berating the BJP for suggesting that the pusillanimous UPA Government is to blame for the repeated terrorist strikes and the attendant death, destruction and devastation across the country.

 

 The 60-hour siege of Mumbai by fidayeen is the latest instance of India suffering yet another grievous blow at the hands of jihadis for whom slaughtering innocent people is the highest tribute to their faith.

But after reprimanding the BJP for criticising the Government and thus 'politicising' terrorism, the Congress has had no compunctions about 'politicising' the grief and misery inflicted by mass murderers.

On Saturday, the Congress issued a full-page advertisement in its favourite newspaper, listing the various terrorist strikes during the NDA years, casually mentioning the fidayeen attacks in Mumbai, saluting the security personnel killed in these incidents, and then preachily declaring that terrorism is a "national issue, not a political game".

The purpose was to influence people in Delhi hours before they stepped out of their homes to cast their votes in Saturday's Assembly election. 



The advertisement raises two issues, both related to political morality and ethics, which are alien to the Congress and its amoral and unethical leaders.

First, according to this advertisement, there have been no terrorist attacks in India between the audacious strike on the Red Fort on December 22, 2000, and the November 26, 2008 assault on Mumbai. This, as every Indian knows, is a blatant lie. I have before me a list of terrorist attacks ever since the present impotent regime headed by an effete Prime Minister took charge of this country's affairs after a scrambled election result helped the Congress to regain power at the Centre in the summer of 2004.

 

The first attack was on August 16, 2004. The latest was on November 26, 2008. In between we have had terrorists visiting Delhi twice, raiding the Ram Mandir at Ayodhya, attacking Sankat Mochan temple in Varanasi, blowing up commuter trains in Mumbai, killing people at an amphitheatre in Hyderabad, blowing up bogies of the Samjhauta Express, and setting off bombs in Jaipur, Ahmedabad and Assam. According to the propagandists of the Congress, none of this has happened!


The second issue raised by Saturday's advertisement is about the Congress saluting the security personnel who have laid down their lives while fighting terrorists and protecting the nation. If any value is to be attached to the advertisement
, we must conclude that the Congress is reluctant to salute Inspector Mohan Chand Sharma of Delhi Police who, like Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad chief Hemant Karkare, was shot dead by terrorists. This is because the Congress wanted to send out, ever so slyly, a message to Muslim voters in Jamia Nagar for whom MC Sharma is not a hero but a villain because he dared raid a terrorist hideout in their locality.

 

We must also presume, since there is no evidence to the contrary, that the advertisement was endorsed, if not cleared, by the Prime Minister. This speaks volumes about the integrity quotient of a man whose honesty, as claimed by his admirers, admittedly a rapidly disappearing exotic breed, is beyond reproach. Perhaps the Prime Minister needs to be reminded that only cowards take recourse to lies to cover up their failures.


Meanwhile, we had the occasion to hear the Prime Minister address a shaken nation 24 hours after the siege of Mumbai began.

In his by now familiar laboured style, he expressed his "shock" at "the dastardly terror attacks. "I strongly condemn these acts of senseless violence," he added. So what's new?

"I share the shock and distress of all those affected by these blasts," the Prime Minister said on October 29, 2005, after the bombings in Delhi on Dhanteras.

He was "shocked" on March 7, 2006, after the Sankat Mochan temple bombing.

On July 12, 2006, he did not quite say that he was 'shocked' by the Mumbai commuter train bombings, but he did say, "No one can make India kneel" and promised that his "Government will do whatever is required" to deal with terrorism.

On February 19, 2007, the Prime Minister was more than 'shocked' by the Samjhauta Express bombings — he was "anguished" and promised the "culprits will be caught".

On hearing about the serial bombings in Jaipur on May 13, 2008, the Prime Minister was again "shocked" and condemned "this dastardly attack".

On July 28, 2008, after visiting Ahmedabad following the serial bombings, he took care to mention that he accompanied Ms Sonia Gandhi before expressing "solidarity with the people of Gujarat".

On September 13, 2008, he "condemned the serial blasts in Delhi"; a month-and-a-half later, on October 30, 2008, he "strongly condemned" the Assam bombings. 


The Prime Minister now mocks at the victims of terrorism and seeks to fool the people of this country by declaring,

"We are not prepared to countenance a situation in which the safety and security of our citizens can be violated with impunity by terrorists... We will take the strongest possible measures to ensure that there is no repetition of such terrorist attacks."

Having countenanced repeated terrorist attacks, which the Congress now brazenly pretends never took place, and silently witnessed the safety and security of our citizens being violated with impunity by terrorists, the Prime Minister now expects the people to believe that he shall join battle with the merchants of death.

 

To prove that he means business, he had his Government, such as it is, to put out the bogus claim that he had summoned the Director-General of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence and the Pakistani Government had meekly conceded his demand. In an interview to Karan Thapar for his television show, Devil's Advocate, Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari has rubbished this claim.

 

According to Mr Zardari, the Prime Minister, in a telephonic talk with him on Friday, had requested for sending a 'director' — a mid-level bureaucrat in the official hierarchy. "There was a miscommunication... We had announced that a director will come from my side... That is what was requested by the Prime Minister and that is what we agreed," Mr Zardari said.



That the Prime Minister, after all his bluster, should settle for talks with a director of the Pakistan Government so as to "take the strongest possible measures to ensure that there is no repetition of such terrorist acts" is a measure of his true intention. 

 

 

1 comment:

jayasree said...

Jaiswal: Terror attacks could be a conspiracy hatched by right-wing Hindu parties>>

" Mr Jaiswal went a step ahead and hinted that the terror attacks could be a conspiracy hatched by rightwing Hindu parties. "There were serial blasts in Bengaluru just before the Assembly elections were held in Karnataka. Similarly, Assembly elections are soon to happen in four other states. We also have to take note that three senior Maharashtra ATS officers have died in ambush with terrorists. Certain political parties have been targeting the ATS for the last one month. All these factors will be part of the further investigations," Mr Jaiswal said."

From

http://www.dc-epaper.com/DC/DCC/2008/11/29/ArticleHtmls/29_11_2008_002_001.shtml?Mode=0


MHA: ALL TERRORISTS WERE FOREIGNERS
BY PRASAD PATIL


The terrorists who attacked Mumbai on Wednesday night were all foreigners, including some Pakistanis. Union minister of state for home Sriprakash Jaiswal on Friday confirmed that so far, there is no information about any Indian involved in the terrorist attacks.

"The security agencies have caught one terrorist alive on the spot. The investigations are going on simultaneously, while the rescue and combing operations are still on at the Taj. We have gathered a lot of information and all the terrorists were foreigners. Some of them were from Pakistan and some from other countries. They had come through the sea route," Mr Jaiswal said.

"So far, we have no information about any Indian involved. However, the combing operations are not yet over and there could be new revelations at the end," he added.

Mr Jaiswal also said that though the terrorists were highly trained, the NSG would require only two to three hours to eliminate or capture them. "The combing operation is taking so long because there are other people holed up in the hotel. The security forces are trying to keep the casualties as low as possible, and we are ready to wait as long as required to save lives. Once all the hotel guests are evacuated, it is a matter of a couple of hours," he said.

Mr Jaiswal went a step ahead and hinted that the terror attacks could be a conspiracy hatched by rightwing Hindu parties. "There were serial blasts in Bengaluru just before the Assembly elections were held in Karnataka. Similarly, Assembly elections are soon to happen in four other states. We also have to take note that three senior Maharashtra ATS officers have died in ambush with terrorists. Certain political parties have been targeting the ATS for the last one month. All these factors will be part of the further investigations," Mr Jaiswal said.

Meanwhile, the marine commandos team (Marcos), who were involved in the rescue and combing operations along with the NSG and Army commandos, revealed that the terrorists were well aware of all the entry and exit points of the luxury hotels where they were hiding. The Marcos refused to comment on the nationality of the terrorists but said that they were not very well-built. They also revealed that the terrorists had several credit cards and a Mauritian address was found in one of the terrorist's bag. One Marcos commando said, "It was clearly evident that the terrorists were well-informed about the layout of the hotel because as the firing stopped, they vanished in no time and went elsewhere." In the operations, Marcos seized stungrenades, hand grenades and other sophisticated ammunition, ATM cards, US dollars and Indian rupees from the terrorists.
The terrorists were also found to be carrying a large quantity of almonds, often used as food in long sieges. The commandos said there were four grenades of different makes, most likely Chinese.