Monday, December 1, 2008

Mumbai, Terrorists in India, and Opinions

Experts are coming out of the woodwork, with opinions and ideas about the Mumbai attack last week.

I ran into a couple of articles today, and thought I'd share them:
  • "Terror Groups in India"
    Washington Post (December 1, 2008)
    • A quick look at
      • Naxalites
      • Lashkar-e-Taiba (their spelling)
      • Student Islamic Movement of India
      • Some other aspects of Indian terrorism
      Looks like a pretty good starting point for someone trying to sort out what's happening.
  • "Balance of Opinion: Identifying the enemy in Mumbai"
    Dallas News (December 1, 2008)
    • A short discussion of radical Islam in the world, and what the terrorists being from Pakistan would - and wouldn't - mean.

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Note! Although I believe that these websites and blogs are useful resources for understanding the War on Terror, I do not necessarily agree with their opinions. 1 1 Given a recent misunderstanding of the phrase "useful resources," a clarification: I do not limit my reading to resources which support my views, or even to those which appear to be accurate. Reading opinions contrary to what I believed has been very useful at times: sometimes verifying my previous assumptions, sometimes encouraging me to change them.

Even resources which, in my opinion, are simply inaccurate are sometimes useful: these can give valuable insights into why some people or groups believe what they do.

In short, It is my opinion that some of the resources in this blogroll are neither accurate, nor unbiased. I do, however, believe that they are useful in understanding the War on Terror, the many versions of Islam, terrorism, and related topics.