November 27, 2008

Mumbai - the Gateway to Terror

Schoolchildren hold candles as they pay tributes to the victims of terrorist attacks in Mumbai at a school in Ahmadabad, India, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2008. A trickle of bodies and hostages emerged from a luxury hotel Thursday as Indian commandoes tried to free people trapped by suspected Muslim militants who attacked at least 10 targets in India's financial capital of Mumbai, killing people. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)

President-elect Barack Obama, in response to the terrorist attack on Mumabai, stated:

"We stand with the people of India, whose democracy will prove far more resilient than the hateful ideology that led to these attacks." [emphasis mine]

I hope Mr. Obama is right. I hope the Indian polity wakes up to the danger of the hateful ideology called Islam, before it is too late.

It's not the Muslims, who come in all different hues — refuseniks to moderates to fundamentalists — but the barbaric and violent ideas that constitute Islam, that presents the greatest threat to civilization as we know it. What we are engaged in is a war of ideas, a war against Islam. Not a war against Muslims. Muslims may not recognize this distinction, but the rest of us must.

The idea of punishment by death to the non-believers, the blasphemers, and the apostates; the idea that women are inferior to men, forever to be oppressed and subjugated; the idea that killing is okay in the name of "honor" — these arcane ideas are central to Islam and unchallengeable. The overarching goal of the custodians of this religion is to impose their ideas on the entire world, and enforce them with the draconian laws of Shariat.

Restoring the rule of Islam in India would be a critical milestone in this grand scheme. No other land mass presents the strategic depth and contiguity, and the resources that are required to accomplish the goal of Pan-Islamism (Ummah). Mumbai has been, and still remains, the Gateway to India.

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