How stupid are the terrorists!
A lot has been written about the failure of the Indian security agencies before and during the Mumbai terror attacks, but well, the terrorists made plenty of stupid mistakes as well, mistakes which cost them dearly. The Mumbai terror attacks did bring in some sort of sick admiration for the LeT initially, but I doubt whether LeT supporters and admirers are still gloating.
Here’s where they bungled up
- They wanted to ensure that India knew that it was Pakistan who had engineered the attacks, but at the same time wanted no tangible evidence to be left behind…because otherwise the world would know it too! They didn’t want tangible proof of their involvement because one of the objectives of this attack was to isolate and frustrate India.
- Once isolated and frustrated, with the world doubting that Pakistan behind the attacks, the terrorists hoped that India would do something provocative, like mobilize troops and threaten war, which would help the Taliban re-group on Pakistan’s western border. This didn’t work either.
- The hoax call to President Zardari by the attackers (where the called threatened war) was with the intention to precipitate war. This was exposed almost immediately with the United States and the United Kingdom acting as mediators.
- Elements in Pakistan started to whip up a war hysteria (perhaps to divert attention from the main issue) despite the fact that India had no intention to attack. History has shown that India has never attacked Pakistan in all the three wars that have been fought, but still won all. During the 1971 war, Pakistan attacked India first. During the 1965 war too, it was the Pakistani army which had heavily infilterated into Kashmir, and this caused India to retaliate. Knowing they were going to be defeated, the Pakistani Army attacked India in 1999 (Kargil war), alongwith the terrorists. It is Pakistan who has always been the aggressor and this time  despite an attack on India from Pakistani soil, India has not hit back, mainly because it has realised that it will destroy the civilian government. Pakistan however pretended it was going to fight a war anyway, but this “strategy” backfired. Fighting an imaginary enemy is always amusing, but at the same time is as sinister as fighting the wrong enemy.
- The Mumbai terror attacks brought home to the world like never before that Pakistan’s democratic leadership was fragile. This has become a hurdle for the terrorists as it means less freedom to operate with impunity, using the democratic government as a cover.
- The sickening nature of the Mumbai attacks where innocent civilians were tortured and killed disgusted the Muslim world and the Pakistani public. This could affect the funds that the terrorists receive for the charitable activities which are their front. How many sane people would want to donate to an orphanage knowing that a part of the money would be diverted to kill innocent women and children?
What the terrorists did succeed in doing was ruining Indo-Pak relations. They also succeeded in drawing world attention to themselves.
This is what went wrong during the actual operation:
- The terrorists wanted to kill at least 5,000 people. This was discovered after interrogating the captured terrorists Ajmal Kasab and collaborated by the number of unexploded bombs and grenades which were found on the attacked sites, including at CST station.
- The terrorists left behind incriminating evidence. This happened as they failed to destroy the boat MV Kuber in which they had arrived. They admitted to their handlers in Pakistan that they made a huge mistake and this is part of the conversation recorded on their phones:
- This satellite phone and other items revealed the Pakistani link. The pistols, grenades and essential commodities all had Pakistani markings. The roster/diary recovered from Kuber maintained in Urdu.
- Their plan to take hostages at CST failed as they came under fire from the railway police.
- Their intention not to kill Muslims backfired as they inadvertently killed a lot of Muslims are CST station.
- The greatest bungling happened when a terrorist was captured alive – Ajmal Qasab. And it all happened because the terrorists went up the wrong flight of stairs and found themselves outside CST. Perhaps they had not studied the CST plan in detail. Once outside, they looked for another vulnerable building but found that Cama hospital was full of Muslims. So they left Cama. Hereafter they seemed confused as they hijacked a police jeep (which was followed) and then after its tyres were shot at, they took a Skoda. In the police jeep they failed to verify that all were dead and it was this lone surving policeman in the jeep who lived to tell the tale and give out warnings. Without thinking they took the Skoda on an arterial road which had a lot of police presence.
We forgot to open the cocks of the boat (to sink it). There were huge waves and we thought a navy ship was approaching us so we forgot Ismail’s satellite phone behind!
Operations such as these are liable to go wrong, but I think this one went very very wrong for the terrorists. In fact considering the kind of people the terrorists recruit (mostly petty criminals) their success was rather remarkable. But it cannot really be called success because targeting and killing unarmed innocent civilians is easy enough for a bunch of violent retarded goons, particularly if they are crazy enough to want to die, and lucky enough to be funded.
As for India, there is one huge mistake that could have occurred during the operation and that is the killing of Ajmal Kasab. This almost happened. Apparently, the Maharashtra Police were so incensed at the death of their top men that they had given orders to kill Kasab! But by the time the orders arrived, Kasab was already at the hospital, and it was too late.
Thank heavens for small mercies.
(Photograph is copyrighted to me)
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