All Muslims on board were handcuffed
Most of you must have read or heard of the drama in the air where 12 passengers,
all Indian businessmen/traders in textile, all of them Muslims, 10 of them from
Mumbai, were handcuffed and detained, after the Northwest Airlines flight No.
42 with US sky marshals on board on its way to Mumbai , was escorted by F-16
fighter jets back to Amsterdam . Who pays for these F-16 escorts is another
After several hours a statement was made by the Dutch authorities that they
were " NOT TERRORISTS ".
Without giving you my own subjective remarks on the incident I would like to
quote a Dutch national A. Slotboom who was on board the same flight who has
stated that the 12 Indians on board were treated " inhumanely "....
when the plane arrived in Amsterdam " I thought it was inhuman......They
were treated like dogs ....." He deserves to be applauded for his courage
,as it was an act of solidarity with those being persecuted and terrorized all
over the world, whether they are Muslims , or working people or poorer farmers
or employees increasingly working for over 10 to 12 hours in offices.
The Dutchman further stated in a statement reproduced in a newspaper that:
"....When the plane was in the air we just heard over the address system
that the flight was being diverted to Amsterdam and did not know that anyone
was going to be detained . Once we landed there the police authorities seemed
to treat the 12 persons very badly and handcuffed them and humiliated them
in front of all the others...."
He emphasized that " their arrest seemed part of the of an offensive
against Arabic people.....they did not hit them , but they pushed them . They
let them surely feel that they have no power ........"
He further said that he too was taken off the aircraft when he commented "that
the way the Indians were being treated reminded him of what the Germans had
done under Hitler." They came to him and said" Okay , you come with
Meanwhile, during a TV debate, the issue was raised, that since there have
been so many random and indiscriminate arrests made of Indian Muslims in India
, in Mumbai , Gujarat and other places in India with so many defamatory statements
and so much prejudice orchestrated through the media against Indian Muslims
within India; whether the Government in India was on strong moral grounds in
condemning this treatment by the Dutch authorities, as increasingly Indians
who are Muslim are being openly discriminated against in India and some political
leaders without any action by law enforcing agencies ,are repeatedly permitted
to openly abuse citizens who are culturally Muslim, with some regions of increased
foreign investment being termed the laboratories for " Indian fascism "
One way of identifying which governments are a part of the overt or covert
alliance in this " War of Terror " which has seen merciless bombing
operations using Depleted Uranium and Bunker Busters with DU against defenseless
people in Yugoslavia , Iraq , Afghanistan , Palestine , Lebanon is the nature
of articulation of the " Terrorist " threat from Muslims / Arabs in
these countries , and the bombings organized against working citizens even as
the oligarchy remains safe and protected .
The maximum bombings of innocent citizens are taking place in countries occupied
by foreign troops .
We also have the memories of Ireland and the covert bombing operations . It
now appears a part of an Imperial tradition to bomb citizens .
There are terrorist acts by armed groups in Assam , the North East and other
places in India, admittedly non-Muslim regions aided and abetted by covert agencies
. Yet the political class and the oligarchy, instruct official agencies to identify
terrorism with people of Muslim origins , and day in and day out this is repeated
on all television channels to the disgust of citizens of all communities in
India though there are no trains or buses or airplanes segregated on the on
the basis of religion .
The very suggestion therefor that people of one religious group are terrorists,
and will bomb a plane or a train or a bus, is absurd as people of every religion
and denomination including Shia and Sunni walk on the roads and travel by the
same facilities whether Christian , Jewish, Hindu , Buddhist , Tamil etc .....
What is significant however the world over, is only the rich and those holding
high office have private cars and are therefore not bombed along with working
Moreover the Generals are based in the occupied countries in the Green Zone
. Only the lowly foot soldier is exposed .The pilots have special facilities
in the former palaces or elite residential areas of occupied countries .
The travel advisory for citizens of the world ,is to avoid countries resorting
to Islamophobia or where frequent bomb blasts take place . In any case the Airlines
of the USA , Britain , Israel and those NATO countries with occupation forces
in Afghanistan and Iraq should be avoided by people from South Asia
Similarly travel to Pakistan , India and Bangladesh where authorities are co-operating
in this " War of Terror " on Arabs, Muslims , should also be avoided
by citizens of Europe ,Asia and the Arab world .
As of now the maximum number of people dying in India are farmers from suicides
and government figures itself indicates more than on lakh , whereas unofficial
figures average a few lakhs all over India .This indicates that farmers are
being "Terrorized " by their conditions .
Moreover India is the sixth country on the list of countries where children's
lives are seriously endangered says an official International report .Also evidence
of children being indiscriminately terrorized by the nature of their society.
There is no doubt that we are being seriously terrorized in South Asia ,we
only differ on the nature of our threat.
Please avoid South Asia on your travels ,apart from the USA, UK and Israel
and those countries of Europe and other continents who are partners in the "
War of Terror" against citizens , as millions have been killed in one form
South Asia includes Sri Lanka, a country which was once the role model for
nutrition , health care and education, though formally not socialist , which
became a " basket case " for the IMF and World Bank , after neo-liberal
policies were introduced, the rest is history where no peace plan is allowed
to succeed, and both sides were trained according to a book by a former Mossad
agent , in Israel .
There are collaborators in every country , in every religious group ,however
in this crazy world , one time collaborators themselves will be handcuffed and
face trial ......the tragic fate of President Saddam Hussain . The former President
Diem of South Vietnam. Keneth Lay of Enron . The Dayton accord did not save
the former President of Yugoslavia and the country was mercilessly divided and
broken up for a " New Eurasia " .
There are plans for a " New Middle East " and a " New South
Asia " . There are also plans for a " New European Union" and
a " New United States " minus all social security , with 12 hour working
days upto the age of 65-70 with no health care .
A recent Judgement of a court of the United States in a Suit filed by the American
Union for Civil Liberties among other Plaintiffs , indicates what is the state
and predicament of the " Rule of Law" in America.
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