Pakistan Says India Behind Attacks — on Itself
Vol: 3 Issue: 28 Friday, December 28, 2001
Shadhad Sadullah, editor of Pakistan’s Daily Jang told CNN World News that Pakistan had nothing to do with the attacks on India’s Parliament on December 13. Sadallah argued that Pakistan ‘had nothing to gain’ by such an attack. When asked who might stand to gain, Sadullah hinted the Indians may have been behind the attack themselves for political reasons. The CNN interviewer allowed the statement to stand without comment. It is against this backdrop that the United States warned both sides not to allow the situation to deteriorate. But it is a hollow warning falling on deaf ears.
War Preps Increase in S. Asia
India moved short-range ballistic missiles to the border with Pakistan. These include the “Prithvi” missiles, which have a range up to 150 miles and are capable of carrying nuclear warheads. India announced that it would close its airspace to Pakistan. It has already cut bus and rail services. India will also halve its diplomatic staff in Pakistan and require Pakistan to halve its diplomatic staff here. Pakistani diplomatic employees will be confined to the capital. The Paks immediately followed suit. India’s army has about a million troops, while Pakistan has about 650,000. The two states are home to roughly one-sixth of the world’s population. And they are both nuclear states.
Pakistan’s Secret al-Qaeda Militia
It seems that Pakistan learned everything from al-Qaeda about operational value, but nothing about the risks involved. It is accepting insurgents from Egypt and Sudan for membership in a Pakistani-sponsored Islamic insurgency against India. According to Kashmir Mir Khursheed, a former Pakistani intelligence agent who operated in Kashmir, “Militants from West Asia, Sudan, Egypt, Chechnya are also in Kashmiri militant outfits. Like Al Qaeda, a majority of the outfits operating in Kashmir are full of foreigners.” He also says that Pakistan has freed convicted murderers and rapists to join the insurgency against India as so-called holy warriors.
Time To Declare
Most of the al-Qaeda not dead or captured have fled Afghanistan to Arab states across the Middle East, with the United States in hot pursuit. What will happen when these fugitives are tracked down in states like Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Iran or Syria?
These states have some hard decisions facing them. Most of them have exploited their Muslim majorities to seize and hold power through the years. They encouraged their populations to rally around the Muslim cause [keeping the attention focused away from their own regimes]. In Saudi Arabia alone, there are some 25,000 fighters who have been trained in al-Qaeda camps and went home to await the call to battle in bin-Laden’s jihad. At least four times in the last six years, Saudis who were trained or recruited in Afghanistan, Chechnya, Kosovo or Bosnia have been among the terrorists who carried out bombings of U.S. targets – in Saudi Arabia, Kenya, Tanzania and Yemen. But not until October, after the U.S. military campaign in Afghanistan began, did Saudi Arabia detain young men trying to join that fight.
The Muslim populations of these nations are unlikely to look with favor on governments that cooperate with the West. The leaders have two choices facing them. Cooperate with Washington and risk the wrath of the people, or harbor the fugitives and risk the wrath of the United States. The US has drawn the ‘with us or against us’ line in the sand. When the roundup begins, we’ll find out which side they’ll choose. And how wide our war will eventually become.
Israeli Educators Burn Hebrew New Testament
While America has a close relationship with Israel, and Christians recognize Israel as their spiritual relatives, that recognition doesn’t always extend both ways. The principal and a sixth grade teacher of a school in Israel were suspended for a short time from their duties after the sixth grade teacher brought a Hebrew New Testament one of his students got from a missionary to the school principal.
After receiving approval from the principal, the sixth grade teacher burned the New Testament in the courtyard. Israel’s Education Ministry Director-General immediately issued a written statement. In it, he said, “I’m shocked by the fact that educators contribute to book-burning, especially when it comes to a religious book. Actions like this were done in the Dark Ages, and we will not allow them to be done today in our educational system, which teaches values, tolerance, and enlightenment.”
The fact is, most Jews see the New Testament as the emblem of centuries of persecution. European Jews throughout the Middle Ages were given a choice between forced conversion and expulsion or death. But Jewish attitudes toward the New Testament are often seized on by Christian anti-Semites to justify their anti-Semitism.
They fail to see the debt Christians owe Jews. Paul outlined it in the Book of Romans. “For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.” [Romans 11:25]
Christian anti-Semitism not only defies Scripture, it defies reason. It is a form of spiritual cannibalism. The advice ‘not to be wise in our own conceits’ is sound. A look forward to what Paul promises in the next verse explains, “And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:” [Romans 11:26]
Paul reminds us that “As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the father’s sakes.” [Romans 11:28].
Israel may be an enemy of the Gospel, but so was every Christian, before they were saved. “For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.” [Romans 5:10]
That promise of reconciliation applies equally to the principal in Texas who punished a student for praying and the principal in Israel who burned a Hebrew New Testament.