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The story repeats

A day after India’s new government took office, a landmine planted by Islamic separatist guerrillas killed at least 28 paramilitary soldiers and their relatives in Kashmir, underscoring the urgency of planned negotiations with Pakistan on the future of the disputed Himalayan province.

Police officials said the blast killed 19 Border Security Force soldiers, six women and three children. Body parts, bloodstained clothes and lunch boxes were scattered along the pavement, Reuters news service reported from the scene. The families had been traveling with the soldiers on leave from Srinagar to Jammu, the state’s winter capital, according to the Press Trust of India news service. [via Washington Post]

The same strategy continues. Kill people and force the Indian Government to the negotiating table. I am sure Dan Burton will not want to conduct a hearing on this.

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Our Allies

bq. Yet when Zubaydah was confronted by the false Saudis, writes Posner, “his reaction was not fear, but utter relief.” Happy to see them, he reeled off telephone numbers for a senior member of the royal family who would, said Zubaydah, “tell you what to do.” The man at the other end would be Prince Ahmed bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz, a Westernized nephew of King Fahd’s and a publisher better known as a racehorse owner. His horse War Emblem won the Kentucky Derby in 2002. To the amazement of the U.S., the numbers proved valid. When the fake inquisitors accused Zubaydah of lying, he responded with a 10-minute monologue laying out the Saudi-Pakistani-bin Laden triangle.

Time Magazine has an “article”:http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1101030908-480226,00.html on the interrogation of Abu Zubaydah, who was arrested in Pakistan and the information he revealed.

And still Saudis and Pakistanis are our close allies.

[link via “InstaPundit”:http://www.instapundit.com/archives/011267.php]

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Mumbai Blasts (Updates)

“Sameer”:http://supersam5.blogspot.com/2003_08_24_supersam5_archive.html#106188973679797026 writes from Mumbai

bq. The people of Mumbai have, as always, bounced right back, refusing to be cowed down. Whether this is resilience or apathy… one thing is certain. The spirit that keeps Mumbai ticking has not died down. An example of that resilience is the fact that the Sensex, which plumetted 120 points during the day yesterday, after the news of the blasts broke… has bounced back by regaining most of the lost ground. The sensex was 108 points up from yesterday’s close at the time I posted this entry.

And “MadMan”:http://www.yazadjal.com/mt/archives/000113.html is furious at the intelligence agencies

bq. And why is it that the only intelligence information that you can come up with is something that any one of us could have figured out? Have you been taking lessons from Bejan Daruwalla?

And India has “pointed the finger at Pakistan”:http://www.rediff.com/news/2003/aug/26blast7.htm

bq. “India’s growth, its success both as a democracy and as a secular country with a large Muslim population, its economic progress are the factors at the root of the neighbour’s hostility. It is wrong to attribute it only to differences over Jammu and Kashmir,” he said during a visit to the metropolis.

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Who shot Mohammed Al-Dura

The June 2003 issue of Atlantic Monthly has an article by James Fellows titled “Who shot Mohammed Al-Dura”. Al-Dura is the little boy who was shot dead in the arms of his helpless father’s arms during an Israeli-Palestinian confrontation. Television cameras caught the final moments of his life, when the father and son were crouched behind a concrete barrel, and few moments later, Al-Dura, 12 years old was shot dead. This scene has been repeatedly played in the Arab media to rouse up passion. Many countries have issues stamps in his name and even Osama bin Laden has mentioned him in one his messages.

In this article, analyzing television footage, it establishes that the boy was not killed by Israeli bullets

bq. The fundamental point of the Israeli investigation—that the concrete barrel lay between the outpost and the boy, and no bullets had gone through the barrel—could be confirmed independently from news footage.

From the analysis, the article says that possibility that the boy was killed by Palestinians seems more plausible, as the boy was in their direct line of fire with nothing to obstruct the bullets. But since this article is the result of an Israeli investigation, no one will believe it, even though that appears to be the truth. According to the investigator in the case “The entire goal of the exercise, was to manufacture a child martyr”

Whatever may be the truth, the image has been successfully conveyed that Israelis are killers of innocent children.

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