Attacks break out in Mumbai, India…protestors in Thailand stick up airports. We need to be aware, folks. Things are hitting the fan. On Wednesday, gunmen led coordinated attacks on the Oberoi Trident and the Taj Mahal Palace located in Mumbai, the financial capital of India. The death toll is 125 and more than 300 injured. Many people are still being held hostage. Indian PM Manmohan Singh is certain that the gunmen are from “outside the country” and India would not tolerate “neighbours” who provide a haven to militants targeting it (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/7752237.stm).
This “neighbor” that the PM is suggesting is Pakistan, from what I deduced from the news.
In interview with Larry King, Deepak Chopra calls “war on terrorism” an oxymoron:
Chopra: I think Mr. Obama has a real opportunity here, but a challenging opportunity, a creative opportunity. Get rid of the phrase “war on terrorism.” Ask for a creative solution in which we all participate. King: Is it because the war on terrorism really can never be won because the terrorists (inaudible)? Chopra: Because it’s an oxymoron. It’s an oxymoron, Larry, a war on war, a war on terrorism. You know, terrorists call mechanized death from 35,000 feet above sea level with a press of a button also terror. We don’t call it that, because our soldiers are wearing uniforms. They don’t see what is happening, and innocent people are being killed. So, you know, terror is a term that you apply to the other.
Unfortunately, the world is once again looking at “Muslims,” but negatively. Al Jazeera reports, the group claiming responsibility is the Deccan Mujahedeen:
Mahan Abedin, an insurgency analyst, told Al Jazeera: “At this stage, that name does not necessarily mean that much. The co-ordinated attacks are the most severe to have hit Mumbai in months [AFP] “We have seen an increase in recent years in indigenous Indian Muslim organisations beginning to take a violent stance towards the Indian state and sections of the Indian society, particularly the commercial elite of places like Mumbai, in order to highlight, they would say, the sheer inequality of life in India.
One thing I appreciate Chopra saying is that this is not a Muslim problem because extremists are commiting these attacks. This is not a Western problem or American problem if some Americans die. This is a global problem that requires global awareness and response.
Meanwhile, Thailand is appearing to be on the verge of a civil war. Protesters have seized both international airports demanding for a legitimate government. Is a coup emerging? With no civilian airports, what is going to occur?
About the 3,000 protesters from the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD):
“The PAD, a loose coalition of business leaders, urban middle classes and royalists, accuses the government of being tainted by corruption and of being a puppet of Thaksin Shinawatra, the exiled ex-prime minister who was ousted from power in a 2006 coup.”
The streets are on fire (Lupe Fiasco) and that’s for certain.
Prayers to all the victims of the attacks and may we be guided.
But, just in case you don’t give a cahoots about the rest of the world and would prefer to sit at home and eat your turkey :), here’s a lil gift from me to you for your Turkey Day. But before you accept my gift, I ask that you remember.
Remember the genocides of the indigenous whose blood stains the lands that we call home. Remember how true reparations for Native Americans are still necessary. Remember that many people in the world won’t eat dinner tonight in the comfort of a warm, safe home. Remember that we can change this, God-willing.
Okay, here you go….. … … ….