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  Hindu Perspective on Terror: Las Vegas Symposium  
 

 

By: Narayan Kataria
November 30, 2006
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Does Militant Islam pose a serious threat to liberal democracies? Should we believe in the sanctimonious rhetoric that Islam is a peaceful religion? Has the “Clash of Civilization” already taken roots? Should Muslim immigration be stopped to democratic countries? Why 95% of the terrorist activities are conducted by the followers of Islam? Should Qur’anic injunctions which preach hatred, extol the virtue of violence, carry commandments to kill infidels, be modified? Is Pakistan still the epicenter of the terrorism? Is Pakistan using sophistry and subterfuge, as a weapon to advance its diabolical designs to spread terrorism? Is Pakistan playing duplicitous and disingenuous role in the war on terror? Should Islam be treated as a Religion or a Political Party? How to prevent fifth column of jihadists from promoting, recruiting and financing Islamic terrorism? These were some of the difficult questions that were raised and debated in the two-day educational Symposium on November 10 and 11, 2006 organized in Las Vegas, Nevada by America’s Truth Forum.

America's Truth Forum is a non-partisan, fact-based organization whose mission is to educate the American people on controversial topics of national security. Their primary objective is to disseminate critical information that is not readily available, via conventional channels, to the concerned public. The Forum has close working relationship with the former CIA, FBI officials, other top-notch experts on counter-terrorism, influential intelligence officials and opinion makers in the country.

Indian American Intellectuals Forum (IAIF) was invited to participate in this high profile Symposium to present the Hindu perspective on terror. The Symposium was appropriately titled “Understanding the Threat of Islamist Terrorism.”

Addressing those present as ‘the leaders with vision, perspicacity, competency and sense of History,’ Dr. Babu Suseelan, a Clinical Psychologist from Pennsylvania, and a Board Member of IAIF said: “First of all, we should understand in unambiguous terms that the terrible terrorist events such as the attack on the World Trade Center in New York on 9/11/2001 in which more than 3000 people perished, the attack on underground London Subway System on July 7, 2005 in which about 60 people were killed, the terrorist attack on Madrid railway station on March 11, 2004 in which more than 200 people were killed, the killing of 344 innocent children on September 4, 2004, at a Beslan school in Russia, the terrible bomb blast in Bali, Indonesia on October 12, 2002 in which 200 innocent tourists were killed, the attack in Mumbai, India in 1993 in which 58 people were blown to bits, another bomb blast again at Mumbai in 2006, in which 200 more people were murdered, the roasting alive of 58 Hindu pilgrims on Feb. 27, 2002 at Godhra Railway station in India, are not isolated incidents but a part of the much broader pan-Islamic strategy to bring the entire world under the Islamic domination and thereby establish the rule of Allah all over the world.”

Dr. Suseelan accused the political class the world over for their willful prevarication in handling the Islamic militancy. He warned that religious bigotry and terrorism cannot be countered by dilettantism. He accused the world’s liberal intelligentsia for being downright hypocrite, suffering from stifling close-mindedness and practicing charlatanism.

Today, the Islamic militancy has assumed an astronomical dimension. Militant Islam is actuated by the strong desire to achieve its objectives by the process called Jihad. Jihad is the dangerous Muslim doctrine of permanent warfare against all infidels (Christians, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs, Jains, etc.). Jihad is to be persistently waged until all the unbelievers are eliminated from the enemy territory and the Sharia (Islamic law) is firmly established there.

Some of the speakers described as to how London is being turned into Londonistan (à la Pakistan) and Europe into Eurabia (à la Arabia). The others spoke about Hamas, Palestine, Hezbollah, Lebanon, Chechnya, and Iran. But Dr. Suseelan narrated the poignant and inhuman condition of 25 million Hindus-Buddhists and Christians in Bangladesh who could be completely eliminated through violence in the next two to three decades. “The best way to protect these minorities from the jaws of death in Bangladesh is to carve out a separate nation for them on the lines of East Timor,” advocated Dr. Suseelan.

“The Hindus in India have witnessed unprecedented barbarism at the hands of Islamic brutes since the 8th century, shortly after the new faith was founded in Arabia. Tracing India’s History, Dr. Suseelan said that in the year 712 the Governor of Iraq had ordered to bring about the destruction on unbeliever Hindus of India, if they did not accept the rule of Allah. The merciless slaughter of Hindus continued for three days in which 26,000 men were murdered and 20,000 women were enslaved and dispatched to Khalifa, the supreme religious head of Islam in Baghdad.

“Eleventh century also saw the barbaric assault of Sultan Mahmud of Ghazni on Hindustan starting in the year 1000. He launched 17 plundering, looting and slave-taking expeditions to India. Abu Nasr Muhammad Utbi, Sultan Mahmud’s secretary, gloats in his official chronicle that after attacking Waihind in November 1001, Mahmud’s army slaughtered 15,000 fighting men in “splendid action” before capturing 500,000 men and women as slaves.

“At the time of India’s partition in year 1947, a non-stop reign of rape, murder and loot was unleashed against Hindu-Sikh civilian population of what was to soon become Pakistan. They were ethnically cleansed from each and every city and town. Again, in 1971 ten million Hindus were driven out from then the East Pakistan (now Bangladesh). In 1989-1990, the 400,000 Hindus of the Indian Kashmir were given two choices by Islamic terrorists: accept Islam or leave the country.

“In an article dated July 24, 2006, M.A. Khan of Islam Watch (a web site by ex-Muslims who no longer believe that the Islam is a religion of peace as portrayed by many Islamists and other Islamic apologists) mentions that effective displacement of 30 million Hindus took place in 1947 and 1971. However, it is a matter of shame and disgrace that when the biggest human exodus in the world history took place in 1947 and 1971, no historian, either in India or outside India, even took a note of it.”

In his forceful half-an-hour speech, Dr. Babu Suseelan squarely blamed the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, the Islamic theories of Dar-ul-Islam (House of Islam) and Dar-ul-Harab (enemy nation), the incomprehensible antediluvian Islamic religious teachings of the medieval times for the spread of suicide attacks and terrorism all over the world.

A more recent Pentagon briefing paper titled, “Motivations of Muslim Suicide Bombers” also points to the Qur’an as the source of the motivation of Islamist bombers.

Quoting another recent study undertaken by CIA, Dr. Suseelan said that there presently are two to three percent of Muslims out of their total number of 1.4 billion who support the Jihadi terrorism. This amounts to a staggering 35 million dangerous and religiously inspired individuals trotting around the globe. Again, according to Daniel Pipes, Director of the Middle East Forum, there are 10-15% of Muslims in the world, which amounts to 140 to 210 million respectively, who sympathize with the Islamic militants. If the above prognostications are to be believed, the total number of Islamic terrorists operating on this earth is more than the combined size of the armies of all major military powers today. “That is a very depressing and dangerous scenario”, lamented Dr. Suseelan.

It is about time we recognize the magnitude of danger from Islamic militancy to the entire humanity. Our mollycoddling mindset towards terrorism could create a pervasive sense of debilitation in the society. Dr. Suseelan vehemently ridiculed the so called liberal cosmopolitan intelligentsia for mumbling bromides and urged them to get rid of nonsensical twaddle. We owe a duty toward our future generation. We cannot afford to act as nonchalant spectators at this dangerous juncture in our history. He castigated the proponents of root cause theory who propound that Muslims resort to mayhem and murder because of the poverty and illiteracy they suffer from. Countering this silly argument, Dr. Suseelan said: “In the Indian state of Orissa, Hindu people earn less than one dollar a day, but they do not go about blowing themselves up or killing other innocent people. Remember, none of the 9/11 terrorists was uneducated or came from the impoverished Gaza strip near Israel”

At the end, Dr. Suseelan suggested that it was absolutely essential that America, Israel, UK, India, Russia and other victim nations who have extensively experienced the Islamic savagery and annihilation, should form a coalition to crush this ideology of violence and subjugation.

Dr. Suseelan delivered his speech with electric clarity coupled with anguishing historical facts and prescient veracity. He warmed the cockles of audience’s mind and thereby won their accolades. He was warmly praised for dishing out voluminous and stupefying data detailing enormous brutalities heaped on Hindus by Islamic militants. Many counter-terrorism experts urged Dr. Suseelan to keep them posted with all such vital information in the future also. Mr. Jeffrey Epstein, President of America’s Truth Forum expressed happiness at the participation of American Hindus in the Symposium.

The two-day Symposium was addressed by the following high-profile dignitaries who are frequent guests of national TV networks and are often consulted by CIA, FBI and other agencies on the question of terrorism. Robert Spencer, the Director of Jihad Watch, talked on “The West’s Misidentification of the Challenges Faced from Global Jihad.” Dr. Bruce Teft, a founding member of the CIA’s Counter Terrorism Center in 1985 talked on “Islam: The Foundation of Islamic Terrorism”. Dr. Harvey Kushner, an internationally recognized authority on terrorism who has advised and provided training to the government agencies including the FBI, spoke about “Holy War on the Home Front.” Dr. Paul Williams, a journalist, author and former consultant to FBI spoke about “Al Queda’s Plans for Further Attacks on US Soil including an ‘American Hiroshima’”.

Dr. Wafa Sultan, a secular Syrian-American Psychiatrist said: “In spite of the death threats to my life, I am determined to educate the world about the pitiable conditions to which Muslim women are subjected in Islam.” Walid Shoebat, a reformed PLO terrorist said that it was virtually impossible to reform Islam. The other speakers were: Joe Kaufman, the Chairman of Americans Against Hate,” James Gilchrist, and Paul Schiffer. Hamid Mir, a Pakistani journalist who talked about “A Journalist’s Perspective of Al Queda’s Threat to the West and the Mindset of Osama bin Laden,” was a little bit uneasy at seeing a group of American Hindus exposing Pakistan’s reprehensible agenda in the presence of very influential American leaders.

The writer is President of Indian American Intellectuals Forum in New York and can be contacted at Katarian@aol.com.

Narayan Kataria

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