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Hi-tech soldiers of God

Hi-tech soldiers of God

Author: Editorial
Publication: The Pioneer
Date: October 8, 2008

A dark interpretation of Islam fuels jihad

If there is any one detail about the alleged terrorists arrested by Mumbai Police on Monday which stands out for flying in the face of the reasons touted by loud-mouthed 'human rights' activists like Teesta Setalvad as to why young Muslims take to jihadi violence -- denial, deprivation and discrimination in Hindu majority India -- it is the fact that they are well-educated, employed in well-paying jobs and belong to well-off families. This is best exemplified by Mohammed Mansoor Asgar Peerbhoy. He is a highly rated software engineer, he was working for the global Internet firm Yahoo! (till Monday), he took home a substantial salary of Rs 19 lakh a year, one of his brothers is a chest specialist in Britain and another is an architect, his family is more than affluent. Obviously, he had a lot going for himself and yet chose to throw it all away because deep within he is a fanatic who believes that Islam's cause is best served by killing innocent people.

That he should have told the police about his willingness to "face any consequences" provides a chilling glimpse of his evil mind, which is no different from that of Mubin Kadar Sheikh, a senior technical support adviser with a corporate, or Asif Bashir Sheikh, a mechanical engineer, who are among those arrested on Monday for their role in the recent serial bombings across the country that have left hundreds of men, women and children dead. Like Mohammed Mansoor Asgar Peerbhoy, Mubin Kadar Sheikh and Asif Bashir Sheikh chose the infamy of Indian Mujahideen over the opportunity to excel in their professions. It would be facetious to suggest that they opted for bombs over jobs to punish the "tormentors of Muslims" -- in their entire lives, they have not had to face any of the hardships that India's masses, among them Muslims, have to cope with and despite which they remain humble, law-abiding citizens, proud of their nation and their motherland. Indeed, a grave injustice would be committed to the vast majority of India's Muslims were we to be swayed by the bunkum mouthed by Mohammed Mansoor Asgar Peerbhoy, which also forms the bulk of the terror e-mail the Indian Mujahideen has been sending out, and endorsed by the likes of Teesta Setalvad who see nothing but virtuous qualities in cold-blooded killers and wax eloquent about how others, and not terrorists, are to blame for the death and destruction in the name of Islam.

The truth is that well-educated and well-paid jihadis are motivated by the ideology of hate that is preached by mullahs who adore Osama bin Laden and will do anything to Talibanise India. This ideology is rooted in a sinister interpretation of Islam; it abhors tolerance and acceptance of the other; it is obsessed with kafirs and kufr; and, it sanctions mass slaughter. That the poison of radical Islam should have seeped into that section of Muslim society which was believed to be immune to fanaticism and indifferent to mullahs and orthodoxy should cause all-round concern, not least because Monday's revelations make conventional wisdom stand on its head. The war against jihad, we must realise, is not merely about busting terror modules -- it is also, and perhaps more importantly, about waging a relentless battle against the demonic ideology that fuels jihadi terrorism. To win this battle, both the devil and his mind have to be destroyed.

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