Thursday, December 25, 2008

An Interesting View

"This is by far the best explanation of the Muslim terrorist situation I have ever read. His references to past history are accurate and clear. Not long, easy to understand, and well worth the read. The author of this article is said to be Dr. Emanuel Tanay, a well-known and well-respected psychiatrist."

A man, whose family was German aristocracy prior to World War II, owned a number of large industries and estates. When asked how many German people were true Nazis, the answer he gave can guide our attitude toward fanaticism.

'Very few people were true Nazis,' he said, 'but many enjoyed the return of German pride, and many more were too busy to care. I was one of those who just thought the Nazis were a bunch of fools. So, the majority just sat back and let it all happen. Then, before we knew it, they owned us, and we had lost control, and the end of the world had come. My family lost everything. I ended up in a concentration camp and the Allies destroyed my factories.'

We are told again and again by 'experts' and 'talking heads' that Islam is the religion of peace, and that the vast majority of Muslims just want to live in peace. Although this unqualified assertion may be true, it is entirely irrelevant. It is meaningless fluff, meant to make us feel better, and meant to somehow diminish the spectra of fanatics rampaging across the globe in the name of Islam.

The fact is that the fanatics rule Islam at this moment in history. It is the fanatics who march. It is the fanatics who wage any one of 50 shooting wars worldwide. It is the fanatics who systematically slaughter Christian or tribal groups throughout Africa and are gradually taking over the entire continent in an Islamic wave. It is the fanatics who bomb, behead, murder, or honor-kill. It is the fanatics who take over mosque after mosque. It is the fanatics who zealously spread the stoning and hanging of rape victims and homosexuals. It is the fanatics who teach their young to kill and to become suicide bombers.

The hard quantifiable fact is that the peaceful majority, the 'silent majority,' is cowed and extraneous.

Communist Russia was comprised of Russians who just wanted to live in peace, yet the Russian Communists were responsible for the murder of about 20 million people. The peaceful majority were irrelevant.

China 's huge population was peaceful as well, but Chinese Communists managed to kill a staggering 70 million people.

The average Japanese individual prior to World War II was not a warmongering sadist. Yet, Japan murdered and slaughtered its way across South East Asia in an orgy of killing that included the systematic murder of 12 million Chinese civilians; most killed by sword, shovel, and bayonet.

And, who can forget Rwanda , which collapsed into butchery. Could it not be said that the majority of Rwandans were 'peace loving'?

History lessons are often incredibly simple and blunt, yet for all our powers of reason we often miss the most basic and uncomplicated of points: Peace-loving Muslims have been made irrelevant by their silence. Peace-loving Muslims will become our enemy if they don't speak up, because like my friend from Germany , they will awaken one day and find that the fanatics own them, and the end of their world will have begun.

Peace-loving Germans,Japanese,Chinese,Russians, Rwandans, Serbs, Afghans, Iraqis, Palestinians, Somalis, Nigerians, Algerians, and many others have died because the peaceful majority did not speak up until it was too late.

As for us who watch it all unfold, we must pay attention to the only group that counts; the fanatics who threaten our way of life.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Mumbai Attacks - A Pictorial Recollection

This is not the future of my country. Its not the time to forget, but the time to remind ourselves again and again that the nightmare is not over. This is not an incident that needs to be forgotten, but one that calls for the entire country to come together- Hindus and Muslims united - and ask the government for answers. WE DEMAND ANSWERS!! This is the result of a complete intelligence failure. Why are we paying taxes if even our basic need of security can not be met? How can 10 terrorists take Mumbai hostage? Why do brave men lose their lives in dozens, when such an act can be prevented. Stand up and speak out - DON'T LET IT PASS!! If we do, it will come back to haunt us again and our future generations. Fight Terrorism- DON'T SUCCUMB TO IT!!

Friday, December 5, 2008

Why are we Reactive not Proactive?

According to an exclusive, Missing link to mumbai terror, by TIMES NOW, "a Lashkar-e-Tayyeba (LeT) operative Fahim Ansari who was arrested in February 2008 in Uttar Pradesh on the suspicion of conducting a recce of south Mumbai had 9 maps which detail the plotting of the Mumbai terror attack."

This is certainly good progress by the police/investigation officer but, why have these maps come to light now when everything is over? Why couldn't we recover these maps earlier and try to stop these attacks?

It's a shame that we could not retrieve these maps earlier from a suspect, who has been under our custody for more than 9 months, and prevent this horrific incident. I fear may be the maps were recovered earlier by the ATS of UP and no action was taken and even if the ATS of UP forwarded their concerns to the Mumbai police, may be the Mumbai police just did not respond. When an intelligence bureau advisory can be ignored anything seems possible (Relevant Article).

I am using this incident as an example, but I truly believe that the policies of our country (political, economic, terrorism etc.) and most Indians as individuals are reactive and not proactive. We never plan upfront. Everyone is in a comfort zone (The "chal raha hai chalne do ..... jab kuch hoga dekhenge" attitude) and is happy to be there. Only when an external force disrupts our zone we react to what has happened and then we define a new comfort zone, and the cycle continues.

Maybe, I am being cynical and things aren't that bad. Do you think we as a nation are Reactive or Proactive? Please send in your comments, I would like hear your thoughts on this topic.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Now or Never

24 hours after the terror attack on Mumbai, while the people of this country have not yet fathomed the loss they have suffered, its really shameful to see that politicians have started playing the blame game. There is always time for politics and this is certainly not the time. These are tough times for everyone and we as a nation need to provide a united front and take actions to make sure that the people of this country never fall victim to such acts of evil. The common man already has many challenges and difficulties he needs to face and worrying about the safety of his loved ones is one thing he could do without. The people of this country want and deserve to walk its motherland without fear.

In the past 12 months the country has been a victim to more than 6 terror attacks. The questions everyone wants to ask the leaders of this nations are - Why have we been a victim of so many attacks? Why has nothing been done after the first few attacks, and many more? I know its too late to raise these questions and no matter what the answer is the present is not going to change but the answers are required so that we can move ahead with resolution. This is the time to investigate and learn from what has passed, make the right conclusions and implement the right system so that incidents like these never happen in the future and even if they do we are better equipped to tackle them quickly. I fear if we do not act now India is heading towards a certain doom.