We must never forget that the vast majority of the 200 or so victims of the Mumbai attacks were working class Indians. That alone means that this filthy act must be condemned by the real Left before there is any attempt to “understand” or “contextualise”. Which is why I don’t like the balance of the pro-Islamist SWP’er Lenny Seymour’s comments, accurate as they may be, because they seem to have been written with a willful agenda of ignoring the real (ie: Islamist / nihilist) “context” of these fascist attacks:
“Eight years of repression, scapegoating, and some of the worst anti-Muslim violence for years, might have radicalised layers…However, the Indian state has too much of an interest in demonising all Islamist as a means towards repressing Muslims in general…”
So the SWP’er Seymour’s response to an Islamist act of mass-murder against mainly working class victims is…to warn against “demonising all Islamist groups”… just as, of course, it could be argued that not all British far-right groups are the same. The rank and file membership of the BNP, for instance, is much more “understandable” than the cadre of Column 88…
Happily, many (and, I hope, most) Muslims in the UK are more forthright in their condemnation, than Seymour and the SWP. Here’s a letter from yesterday’s Graun that, I hope and believe, is representative of the thinking of most British Muslims:
“We are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of innocent lives in Mumbai. Nothing can justify the slaughter and kidnapping of civilians. However, it is erroneous to portray all Muslims as terrorists. This will give jihadists the chance to set off a clash between the west and the Muslim world at a time of uncertainty. The silent majority of Muslims condemn such abominable attacks. The challenges ahead are daunting. It is therefore time to show our disapproval to terrorists’ twistsd mindset by standing together to extinguish the flames of global terrorism.
Dr Munjed Farid Al Qutob London.”
Another grotesque aspect of this outrage is that whilst Jews appear to have been a special target, with the Israelis in the Jewish Centre apparently subjected to “maximum torture” before being killed, the usual progromist mob of nutters, anti-semites and conspiracy-theorists are -farcically but all too predictably - blaming Israel and Mossad…
Chris Hitchens has an interesting and relevant article in the TLS, written before the Islamo-fascists (why do liberals object to that term?) attacked Mumbai, but highly pertinent.
H/t: (for the anti-semitic conspiracy theory stuff): Terry Glavin
PS: Seymour is just ignorant, miseducated and doesn’t realise what a racist he is…