Saturday, December 6, 2008
MUMBAI, INDIA'S 9/11 OR THEIR OKLAHOMA CITY BOMBING?
Icheoku remembers very vividly the reaction of the United States security agencies after the Oklahoma city bombing in April 19, 1995. Immediately, the United States authorities pointed accusing fingers to the Middle East as the probable source of the terrorism that killed one hundred and sixty (168) Americans in Oklahoma City. A natural reaction when attacked is to start from a known enemy paradigm and then do the weeding out. But unbeknownst to the Americans the terrorist that brought down the Alfred P. Murray building in downtown Oklahoma city was an American, living in America; and a former patriot who once adorned the military uniform.
It took several days before the identity of Timothy McVeigh became known as the terrorist that initially misled America's security details on a wild goose chase to the Middle East. Peradventure, India may be towing the same part by reacting naturally to a sworn enemy, Pakistan, as the source of the attack in Mumbai. Primary investigations so far has revealed that some Indians were accessories before the fact of the Mumbai incident, having provided some cell phones used to coordinate the Mumbai operation. India must therefore expand the horizon of their present investigation into the Mumbai nightmare instead of the tunnel-vision assertion that it is Pakistan's fault. They should spread their dragnet and tentacles for a more thorough goal-oriented investigation that will yield the desired fruit - unravel the murderers behind the Mumbai terrorist act. India should not confine their search for the terrorists backers just by looking over their shoulders at Pakistan, no, they should try to see if there are some of their own Timothy McVeighs hiding somewhere in the Indian vast landscape amidst an exploding population which can easily provide a safe hiding place for anyone. While wishing India luck with their search for those behind what happened in Mumbai, Icheoku prays they find the real culprits of the Mumbai-terrorism instead of starting their own version of the Iraqi war, based on a faulty intelligence of a possibly non-existent Pakistani-backed terrorism. Icheoku uses this opportunity also to extend our heart-felt sympathy to the people and government of India for this Mumbai madness and pray for the repose of the souls of the many, from world-over, who lost their lives in the attack. Goodluck Indian and speedy rebound for the city of Mumbai!