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45 Indians Killed By Bombs – NYT Puzzled

An all too typical piece of reportage from those tireless defenders of the faith at the New York Times:

At Least 45 Killed in Explosions in India

By SOMINI SENGUPTA
Published: July 27, 2008

NEW DELHI — For the second time in two days, small explosions rocked an Indian city, this time in Ahmedabad on Saturday evening, killing at least 45 people. The Indian government said cities across the country had been put on alert for similar attacks.

At least 16 explosions went off shortly after 6:30 p.m. in several crowded neighborhoods in the western city of Ahmedabad in Gujarat State, the chief minister, Narendra Modi, told reporters late Saturday. According to the latest details available Sunday, another 110 people were wounded, The Associated Press reported.

One of the targets was a public bus, which appeared to be badly damaged, according to televised reports…

Indian television stations reported that they had received a statement on Saturday from a group that called itself “Indian Mujahedeen” that warned of attacks. There was no way to know whether the statement was authentic or who was behind the group, which had claimed responsibility for serial blasts in Jaipur, in western India, two months ago.

On Friday, a series of similar low-intensity blasts went off in the southern technology hub of Bangalore, killing one woman. The police said the explosions were intended to sow panic.

Home Minister Shivraj Patil said in a statement: “Anti-national elements have been trying to create panic among the people of our country.”

In recent years, well-planned bombings have struck several Indian cities, from an entertainment center in southern Hyderabad to crowded markets here in the capital, in what officials have said were attempts to provoke violence between Hindus and Muslims. So far, those attempts have not succeeded.

Gujarat, of which Ahmedabad is the commercial center, is particularly sensitive to ethnic tensions. In 2002, a train fire that killed dozens of members of a Hindu nationalist group set off Hindu-on-Muslim violence across Gujarat, most prominently in Ahmedabad.

All told, 1,000 Muslims were killed, and Mr. Modi, a firebrand Hindu nationalist politician, was accused of doing little to stop the violence…

To review, for two days dozens of bombs have gone off in a region where Muslims have attacked Hindus countless times over the years.

(A history the New York Times characterizes as “attempts to provoke violence between Hindus and Musliims.” You see, the bombings were not violence in themselves. And of course no group was actually behind them. They just happened.)

Furthermore, an Islamic terrorist group has even claimed responsibility for the bombings. A group that was responsible for similar bombings just two months ago.

Still, the New York Times only sees fit to mention with any specificity “Hindu-on-Muslim violence,” which was done in reprisal for “a train fire” that obviously broke out spontaneously.

And The Times goes on to castigate a “firebrand Hindu nationalist.”

But the New York Times is not on the side of the Muslim terrorists.

No way.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Sunday, July 27th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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