Besides Al Qaeda in Pakistan, we must also address the piracy which is being conducted by radical Islam in Somalia. The type of situation we are witnessing in Mumbai required large amounts of financial support, and radical Islam is being financed by opium exports from Afghanistan as well as the huge amount of money that is being collected by piracy in Somalia. It’s also noteworthy that Somalia is also becoming a stronghold for radical Islam, and the international community must band together and eradicate both of these strongholds of Al Qaeda/radical Islam to mitigate their financial support as well as stop the lawlessness we constantly witness in the shipping lanes in which Somali pirates operate from - which is another “safe-haven” for radical Islam. If the global community does not act to eradicate these strongholds, we can expect sophisticated terrorist attacks to increase in intensity/severity, and the United States could very well be next on the list of targets. Radical Islam is a cancer that is spreading throughout the world, and it’s time to address the core issues that allow these radical elements to survive and gain even more influence over similar radical organizations that exist throughout the middle-east and Asia.”
One important factor we must consider is that the Bush administration is extremely unhappy with Pakistan’s cooperation with the United States - and they (Bush administration) have made that clear. The timing of these attacks is extremely suspicious, and while I admit that I don’t have the answers I’ve been diligently seeking, there’s something about this attack that doesn’t pass the “smell test,” and while I admittedly have no answers myself, I do recognize that this situation appears to be escalating - and the global community needs to urge India to proceed with the utmost caution. Pakistan has a new government; they appear to be going out of their way to cooperate with India and have vowed to make their response to those responsible for these attacks transparent to the world - and if these attacks did originate from Pakistan, perhaps India can be convinced to allow Pakistan to root-out this group responsible for the attacks and allow them the chance to redeem themselves for planning and actions that likely began well before the new administration came into power.
Unfortunately, if we examine the MSM’s response to this incident, it is reminiscent of the run-up to the invasion of Afghanistan, and this morning, this headline appeared on CNN - which is alarming and may allow the terrorists to be successful in their ultimate goals for the attack against Mumbai (The Headline links to this story):
Attacks strain India-Pakistan relationship
Indian minister resigns over Mumbai attacks
The fallout from the attacks is damaging the tenuous relationship between India and Pakistan, said CNN sister station in India, CNN-IBN.
The Indian government is considering suspending the five-year old cease-fire with Pakistan and perhaps even ending the dialogue process with the country, sources told CNN-IBN.
Pakistani security officials told CNN that if tensions with India escalate, it may shift its military forces from the Afghan border east to prepare for any conflict. (Emphasis added.) MUCH MORE
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