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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Can We Expect A Dozen This Year?

Yes, it's already May, but the prime terror season hasn't started yet based on recent attacks pattern. This time seven bombs, all near temples, with the eight defused near Hanuman Temple in Jaipur - a city I was in just last month, along with my family, walking around the tall, slender, and beautiful Hawa Mahal and shopping in the old pink city streets. At the moment 80 killed, with more to succumb - mostly because they were Hindus.

The terrorists apparently want Hindu-Muslim clashes - our news media and politicians speculate. Apparently simply killing people does not suffice as an explanation and necessary cause for action. One more intelligence failure - everyone being surprised adds nothing new to the mystery of terrorism. Apparently this was an intelligence failure where as killings from multiple bombs terror in Hyderabad, about an year ago, was not. While I am sure many terror plots were foiled or averted, the intelligence system, as it exists, is simply not working. And then we have Muslim appeasement, mainly to keep their leaders happy, to consider - as though Muslims don't die in terror attacks.

Looks like the terrorists didn't listen to the recent call by Deobandis, widely praised by our media, of course, to stop terror attacks - apparently they didn't specify who the terrorists were. The terrorists were probably thinking of those Hindu terrorists. After all, the equally dumb, English media seems to be confused too.

Coming to the pattern of terror attacks, they have been raising since 2005 (source PTI):

2008, Jan 1: The year started with an attack by LeT militants on a CRPF training centre at Rampur in Uttar Pradesh. Seven CRPF personnel and a civilian killed. Militants escape under cover of darkness.

2007, Nov 23: Simultaneous blasts rock three Uttar Pradesh cities of Varanasi, Faizabad and Lucknow. 15 people killed.

Oct 13: Blast in Ludhiana’s Shingar cinema hall leaves six dead.

Oct 11: Ajmer Dargah targeted by militants. Two persons killed.

Aug 25: Twin explosions rock Hyderabad. 44 people killed.

May 18: Bomb blast at Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad kills 11 people.

Feb 19: Indo-Pak Samjhauta Express hit by terror blasts. 68 people including Pakistani nationals killed.

2006, Sept 8: Twin blasts at a mosque in Malegaon. 30 dead and 100 hurt.

July 11: Seven bombs on Mumbai’s trains kill over 200 and injure 700 others.

March 7: Twin bombings at a train station and a temple in Varanasi kill 20.

2005, Oct 29: Three bombs placed in busy New Delhi markets a day before Diwali kill 62 and injure hundreds.[What was left was smoke, blood all around - IE]

One in 2005; four in 2006; six in 2007; I would say 10-12 in 2008. The terror season seems to be concentrated in the second half of each year.

The utterly incompetent left-wing UPA apparently will still be in charge, with the support of their anti-nationalists Communist allies - who seem to be able milk the UPA goat dry and still keep going. Expect no terror relieve until a new government comes in and make changes to the way intelligence is gathered, terrorism is fought and kept under control, sometime in 2009.