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A Day of Mourning – Thoughts on the Mumbai Massacre

After days of prayer and fear among Jews and good people everywhere, the horrible reality of the Islamic terrorist rampage in Mumbai was revealed in all its obscene and mindless savagery when members of Zaka entered the Chabad compound. Perhaps it is impossible for the average human being to understand the depth of evil represented by Muslim extremists. As an eyewitness told Ynet, the sight was unbearable even to the practiced eyes of those whose job it is to deal with the aftermath of murderous terror attacks: “The place was totally destroyed. Live grenades were all over the floor. Torah scrolls and holy books were scattered on the floor, covered with blood.”

The bodies of the Chabad rabbi and the kashrut supervisor were found in one room, along with two other men whose hands had been tied with telephone wire. The body of the Rabbi’s young wife Rivkie was reportedly found covered in a talit. It is believed she was killed before her young husband’s eyes and he wrapped her in his talit. A grandmother from Israel and a Jewish woman tourist from Mexico were also identified. Photos you will not see in the New York Times of the blood-soaked floor of the house of prayer and hospitality, courtesy of the “religion of peace” whose riots kill hundreds when a Koran is desecrated, are posted here.

Police in Mumbai report that they found enough ammunition to blow up both hotels and to kill thousands, which, according to a terrorist captured alive, was the intention. This carefully planned attack, which had the Chabad House at its center, was orchestrated from Pakistan. Vilasrao Deshmukh, the Chief Minister of Maharashtra state, of which Bombay is the capital, was quoted yesterday as saying there were two “British-born Pakistanis” among the terrorists; reports he later denied.

A British Pakistani was involved in a terror attack in Israel at Mike’s Place not long ago. The Mail Online reports “a banned Islamic terrorist group funded with cash raised in British mosques is believed to be behind the Mumbai attacks.” The Mail reports: “The only terrorist captured alive after the Mumbai massacre has given police the first full account of the extraordinary events that led to it – revealing he was ordered to ‘kill until the last breath’. Azam Amir Kasab, 21, from Pakistan, said the attacks were meticulously planned six months ago and were intended to kill 5,000 people. He revealed that the ten terrorists, who were highly trained in marine assault and crept into the city by boat, had planned to blow up the Taj Mahal Palace hotel after first executing British and American tourists and then taking hostages.”

These descriptions brought back flashbacks to me of the Park Hotel, which was rocked by a murderous explosion by Hamas terrorists right before the Seder began. Perhaps it is impossible for the average human being to understand the depth of evil represented by Muslim extremists and their supporters if you didn’t witness such a thing. I deal with this in my book, The Covenant. But I feel that I am whistling in the wind. People who have not seen this with their own eyes just refuse to understand that these are not people with grievances, people who can be reasoned with. These people are Nazis. Only if you think you can speak to a Nazi and convince him to not wish to kill Jews can such a stand make sense.

No one should negotiate with any person, government official, religious leader, or member of any group that does not condemn and despise and excoriate those terrorists. When one views the bloody floor of the Chabad House, one sees the bloodied face of civilization. No respect should be given to any religion, or member of that religion, or religious leader who does not despise and condemn these acts. When one views the bloody floor of the Chabad House, one sees the bloodied face of civilization. Those who are not prepared to exterminate this evil, and those who are involved in it, are part of it.

Eyewitness Jonathan Ehrlich, a businessman who narrowly escaped death in Mumbai, sent out an e-mail of his experiences. In conclusion, he writes this:

The people who did this have no souls. They have no hearts. They are simply the living manifestation of evil and they only know killing and murder. We – all of us – need to understand that. Their target tonight was first and foremost Americans. Why? Because they fear everything that America stands for. They fear hope and change and freedom and peace. Let’s make no mistake; they would have shot me and my children point blank tonight without a moment’s hesitation. Most of us sorta know that, but sometimes we equivocate. We can’t equivocate. Not ever.

The people who murdered Gavriel and Rivkah are the living embodiment of pure evil. Such filth deserve to be exterminated. There is no reason with them anymore than one reasons with a Nazi. They would kill any of us in cold blood. Let’s never give them the opportunity to do to us what they perpetrated upon Gavriel and Rivkah, who deserved better than to be murdered.

“Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached.” – Manuel II Palelologus

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