The Religion of Peace has struck again. According to Reuters,
Suspected Islamic militants shot dead at least 22 Hindus in two small villages in Indian-administered Kashmir on Monday, officials said.
The massacre, one of the biggest in recent months, took place just days before Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh holds talks with Kashmiri separatists in New Delhi and later travels to the violent region for a “roundtable” conference with Kashmiris.
“They [the villagers] were asked to assemble outside the house of the village head and later shot dead by the militants,” Gulzar Ahmed Qureshi, a top Doda official, told Reuters.
“Yes, they are all Hindus,” he added. “This is an unfortunate incident when things were looking up for peaceful days ahead.”
The Islamists are denying responsibility.
The Hizbul Mujahideen, the largest Kashmiri militant group, denied any role in the attack.
“We strongly condemn these killings which seem to be a conspiracy of Indian security agencies to malign the ongoing freedom struggle and mujahideens (holy warriors),” a spokesman of Hizbul Mujahideen said in a telephone call to local newspaper offices in Srinagar, the state’s summer capital.
You mean it wasn’t the Mossad??
CNN provides additional details:
The villagers were herded out of their homes early Sunday morning, where the gunmen started firing indiscriminately at them, S.P. Vaid, inspector-general of police in Jammu, said.
Among those gunned down was a nine-year-old girl, according to the Press Trust of India.
The massacre took place in the remote village of Kulhand, about 15 miles (25 kilometers) from Doda in southern Jammu and Kashmir.
Both stories agree that the attack is designed to put a spanner into the works for Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who is scheduled to meet Kashmiri separatist leaders in New Delhi on Wednesday.
It’s the tried-and-true technique that Hamas and Islamic Jihad have perfected in the Palestinian territories: whenever leaders get anywhere close to real negotiations, start killing people and blowing things up to make sure that nothing significant can be agreed upon.
The only thing I don’t understand is why CNN and Reuters — two charter members of Friends of Terrorists International — use the I-word in their stories. Why did they acknowledge the role of Islam in these atrocities?
The usual circumlocutions were readily available — “Kashmiri separatists”, “militants”, “insurgents”, etc., etc. — so why drop the I-bomb?
Is it because no Jews or Americans were involved? Does that make it safe to acknowledge an Islamic component in a terrorist attack?
Commenter Vikrant points out:
This massacre didnt happen in Kashmir it happened in Jammu which is ethnically and culturally different than Kashmir and most importantly it has a Hindu majority. This peace process is largely one-sided and is only to placate Indian muslims and UN.
This is all quite true. I should have said “Jammu and Kashmir” or “Jammu e Kashmir”. What is commonly known as “Kashmir” is actually the Indian state Jammu and Kashmir, which is composed of two distinct entities. This particular incident occurred in Jammu.
If I understand it correctly, Kashmir itself has already been pretty much ethnically cleansed of Hindus by the Islamists.