Saturday, November 16, 2002

There was a recent shootout in the Ansal Plaza shopping center in Delhi, India, in which the two apparent shooters were left dead. The Indian police immediately blamed the incident on Pakistani terrorists. The only problem was that the entire incident was probably staged, presumably by the Indian police for political purposes (a witness disputes the account of the police, the police have attacked the credibility of the witness, but the police attack seems rather weak). There are lots of reasons to question the handling of the incident by both the police and the Indian government. It is worth remembering how easy it is for the authorities to create a faked terrorist attack, especially these days where the governments of both Britain and the United States are setting up their respective citizens for attacks which will presumably remove any lingering doubts about the sense of the coming massacre of the people of Iraq.