Pakistan and India Nearly Explode Over Phony Mumbai Call
By Mark Glenn
At the height of the 60-hour siege in the Indian financial capital of Mumbai , a phone call was placed to Pakistan President Ali Zardari. The caller, claiming to be Indian Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee, threatened war against Pakistan in retaliation for the terrorist attacks that killed almost 200 persons in Mumbai.
As a result of the phone call, Pakistan scrambled armed fighter jets and sent them screaming toward the Indian border. The Pakistani prime minister was called in the middle of the night. The foreign minister was hastily put on a plane and flown to Islamabad. Pakistan was put on a war footing and the major players needed for fighting a war were assembled in quick order. Preparations were made to divert thousands of troops from the western border with Afghanistan where Pakistan is currently assisting NATO forces in fighting terrorists.
For 24 hours the two nuclear powers were a hair trigger away from war. The United States—having close (and increasingly closer) ties to India—was contacted by Zardari, who informed the State Department about the increasingly dangerous situation. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice contacted her Indian counterpart, who informed her that no such call had been made.
For its part, Pakistan maintains that indeed the call originated from a recognized phone number within the Indian government’s Foreign Ministry and, while some protocols were not followed in terms of verification, that it had all the earmarking of being “the real deal.” Some will shrug this off as a prank call made by someone from within the Indian government angry at the terrorist attacks in Mumbai. However, there are more troubling explanations, one of which is that the call was a deliberate attempt on the part of certain unseen players who want to see a war between the two nations. So the question is cui bono? (Who benefits?)
ISRAEL’S USE OF ‘FALSE FLAGS’
Using false flag operations in order to get two nations at each other’s throats is nothing new for the Zionist state of Israel. In 1954 Israel attempted to bomb American interests in Egypt for the purpose of destroying any growing rapprochement between the two countries in what became known as the Lavon Affair.
In 1967 Israel attacked and attempted to sink the USS Liberty, again
to be blamed on Egypt in order to create tension between the U.S. and Soviet Union. During the Reagan administration, a Mossad team broadcast messages from a remote location in Libya (termed Operation Trojan Horse) implicating the Arab country in a series of yet-unsolved terror attacks that resulted in the United States bombing the home of Muhammar Qaddafi, Libya’s president.
In 1983, Israel learned of and refused to warn the U.S. about a plot to bomb the American embassy in Beirut and its accompanying Marine barracks that resulted in the deaths of close to 250 Americans.
In 1995, immediately following the bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Israeli spies and provocateurs working in the American media tried pinning the attack on Iraq.
And, of course, there is the mother of all false flags, 9-11, the worst terrorist attack to take place on American soil. These attacks were used as the pretext for invading and destroying Iraq, who Israel and U.S. neocons falsely portrayed as a major threat to the stability of the region.
Therefore, Israel—with very close ties to India—has everything to gain by starting a war between the mostly Hindu nation of over a billion and its Muslim neighbor to the west that Israel has always seen as a thorn in its side. [India also contains one of the world’s largest Muslim populations.—Ed.]
Besides anomalies surrounding the attacks themselves that resulted in close to 200 deaths, there are other reasons to assume Israel has her hand in the entire event for her own far-reaching agenda. Given that India is one of Israel’s biggest buyers of her armaments, a sustained war between Pakistan and India would be a boon for Israel, both in terms of sales and product testing. The weapons systems Israel is planning to use in her much-dreamed of war against Iran would get their dry run on the battlefields of India and Pakistan.
A former schoolteacher fluent in several languages, Mark Glenn spoke at the AFP-TBR conference on the Middle East panel. He is a prolific writer
whose provocative essays have been published worldwide. He and his wife Vicki and their eight children maintain a ranch in northern Idaho. His book, No Beauty in the Beast, can be ordered from TBR BOOK CLUB (1-877-773-9077) for $28 ppd.
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(Issue # 51, December 22, 2008)