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Written by: Diana West
Wednesday, January 07, 2009 9:56 AM 

The Hindu of India broke several stories based on a dossier the Indian government just released pertaining to the jihadist assault on Mumbai that left 163 people killed at the end of November.

One of those stories, picked up by news organizations around the world, was about conversations the Indian authorities were able to intercept during the atrocities between the ten terrorists--or "gunmen," as the MSM likes to style them--and their handlers in Pakistan.

The dossier includes selected excerpts of exchanges marked by their fiendish, bloodthirsty cruelty. The media, of course, has chosen to excerpt these excerpts. Guess what goes either missing entirely or gets buried in the B-matter?

Islam. While these few excerpts released by the Indian government contain orders to the terrorists to spare Muslims, and exhortations about Allah and Islam, these facts are treated as extraneous details of little consequence. 

The AP gets around to mentioning "Allah" in paragraph 17, "Islam" in paragraph 18, and "Muslims" in paragraph 19. The New York Times coverage is even more deficient, parenthetically reporting on "Muslims" once in paragraph 18 and mentioning "Islam" in paragraph 25. And that's it.

Here's the problem with this oblique, Islam-lite coverage: Without understanding the Islamic context of these Mumbai attacks, we understand nothing about these Mumbai attacks. These attacks were not non-ideologically "terrorist" in conception and purpose, which is the common subtext of such media coverage. Rather, they were attacks conceived as acts of jihad against the West. And it is worth noting that the voices directing the attacks by phone saw fit to continue reminding the killers of that fact. 

Thankfully, The Hindu has made the dossier available for downloading  here.

Below are what I think count as important excerpts, and what the mainstream media saw fit to cut down or omit entirely.

At Nariman House, the Jewish center:

Caller: Brother, you have to fight. This is a matter of prestige of Islam. Fight so that your fight becomes a shining example. Be strong in the name of Allah. You may feel tired or sleepy but the Commandos of Islam have left everything behind. Their mothers, their fathers. Their homes. Brother, you have to fight for the victory of Islam. Be strong.

Receiver: Amen!


The New York Times reproduced the above monologue to readers, finally, in paragraph 25 thus: "Brother, you have to fight," the caller said. "This is a matter of the prestige of Islam."


At the Oberoi Hotel:

Caller: Brother Abdul, the media is comparing your action to 9/11. One senior police officer has been killed.

Abdul Rehman: We are on the 10th/11th floor, We have five hostages. ...

Caller: Kill all hostages, except the two Muslims. Keep your phone switched on so that we can hear the gunfire. 

Fadadullah: We have three foreigners including women. From Singapore and China.

Caller: Kill them.

(Voices of Fadlallah and Abdul Rehman directing hostages to stand in a line, and telling the two Muslims to stand aside. Sounds of gunfire. Cheering voices in the background....)


The AP presented the above exhange to readers in its lead:

"We have three foreigners, including women," the gunman said into the phone. The response was brutally simple. "Kill them." Gunshots rang out inside the Mumbai hotel, followed by cheering that could be heard over the phone.


Hotel Taj Mahal


Caller: The ATS Chief has been killed. Your work is very important. Allah is helping you. The "Vazir" (Minister) should not excape. Try to set the place on fire.



Hotel Taj Mahal

Caller: How many hostages do you have?

Receiver: We have one from Belgium. We have killed him. There was one chap from Bangalore. He could be controlled only with a lot of effort.

Caller: I hope there is no Muslim amongst them?

Receiver: No, none.

The New York Times may call these dossier excerpts "chilling," but its readers, and readers of other MSM coverage, are missing out on just how chilling they really are.







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