Breaking: Terrorist attack on Indian embassy in Kabul kills 41

posted at 11:03 am on July 7, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

Terrorists rammed a car bomb into two diplomatic vehicles in front of the Indian embassy in Kabul, killing at least 41 and wounding 139 in the worst terrorist attack since 2001.  No one has yet taken responsibility for the attack, but the Taliban would be the most likely suspect.  Pakistan condemned the attack, but the target and the location may put more pressure on the Gilani government to change its policy towards the Taliban in the federally-administered tribal areas (FATA):

The blast, at 8.30am local time, rocked the Afghan capital and shattered shop windows within a radius of several hundred metres leaving the Indian Embassy, which lies just a few hundred metres from the Afghan Interior Ministry in one of Kabul’s busiest streets, badly damaged.

A line of blast barriers designed to shield the Embassy from attack was partly levelled by the force of the explosion, which witnesses told The Times targeted two embassy vehicles carrying Indian diplomats into the heavily guarded compound….

Shah Mehmood Qureshi, the Pakistani Foreign Minister, issued a strong statement condemning the attack, however. “Pakistan condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations as this menace negates the very essence of human values,” Mr Qureshi said. He added that he expressed his“profound condolences to the bereaved families.”

Targeting India seems like a giveaway here.  Radical Islamists have long fought India in the disputed Kashmir region, and Pakistan has fought wars with India in the past over the border dispute.  This attack will make some wonder whether the Pakistani government hasn’t started working with the Taliban to shift their targets from Afghanistan to India, or merely to broaden the attacks to include both.

At the very least, the Karzai government in Afghanistan has new support for their contention that Pakistan has not done enough to stop terrorists from plotting attacks in FATA.  Karzai has long complained about Pakistan’s appeasement of Baitullah Mehsud and his Taliban organization.  Unless evidence arises that this attack came from another source, expect Karzai to demand action against Mehsud and the network of terrorists in FATA.  India will certainly join in that demand, and the US along with its NATO partners will amplify that message as well.


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My comment on this from the headline thread.

We reap what we sow. The terrorist are take no prisoners kill anything in sight kind of guys where as the non-terrorist are not. How many Taliban and terrorists have the Afghans let go? We will continue to loss until the world understands that they are in a fight for their societies and fighting people that willing kill everyone for the cause. I understand WWII with its fire bombings and citywide bombings was horrible but it just may take the same tactics this time around because the villages these a-holes run to sympathize with the cause. We will never win this fight unless we are willing to kill not only the terrorists but their sympathizers as well.

jmarcure on July 7, 2008 at 10:39 AM

jmarcure on July 7, 2008 at 11:11 AM

“Pakistan condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations as this menace negates the very essence of human values,”

A strong statement that I’m sure has the terrorist thinking twice about their methods. Maybe a harsh letter is next. It makes me want to go watch “Team America”.

jmarcure on July 7, 2008 at 11:14 AM

We will never win this fight unless we are willing to kill not only the terrorists but their sympathizers as well.

jmarcure on July 7, 2008 at 10:39 AM

Um. Lol. So, when do we start the bombing campaign of San Francisco?

Watchman on July 7, 2008 at 11:16 AM

Um. Lol. So, when do we start the bombing campaign of San Francisco?

Watchman on July 7, 2008 at 11:16 AM

I didn’t think about that. Maybe we should just start arresting the anti-American, traitorous leftards we have here. I’m for it and I bet if you started to try a few of them for sedition and treason it would really put a damper on the enthusiasm of the followers that are mostly there for a groovy time.

jmarcure on July 7, 2008 at 11:35 AM

It never ceases to amaze me, the violence of MUSLIM ON MUSLIM. As always, if they are killing each other over there, they are not killing anyone over here… If you have a RABID dog running the streets of your neighborhood, you do not cage it, you do not treat it with medicine, the only thing to do is KILL it. It must be eliminated for the safety of ALL!!! We must have the same attitude for ALL RADICAL MUSLIMS in this world. THERE ARE MANY RELIGIONS IN THE WORLD, BUT ONLY ONE RELIGION OF PEACE…

pueblo1032 on July 7, 2008 at 11:36 AM

This might be their way of getting more muslims on their side. Fighting the West only results in dead jihadis and that stops the flow of recruits, this attack is a recruitment ploy. ‘Hey look! We’re fightting the Hindues! Join us!”

Tony737 on July 7, 2008 at 11:41 AM

Breaking….Five more bombs in Karachi, Pakistan

Limerick on July 7, 2008 at 11:51 AM

this had to be the work of christian/zionist CRUSADERS

no one from the religion of peace could ever do such a thing….

suckers…

right4life on July 7, 2008 at 11:57 AM

This isn’t even close to being the worst terrorist attack since 2001. What about the genocidal attack on the Yazidis in Iraq last year?

More than 500 people lost their lives in the massacre

How soom we forget. IIRC, Spain, several market bombings in Iraq, yesterday in Pakistan and Afghanistan, and Mumbai took more lives as well.

Beagle on July 7, 2008 at 12:01 PM

I guess the one in Afghanistan is this one.

Too many to keep track.

Beagle on July 7, 2008 at 12:03 PM

Beagle, this wasn’t even the worst terror attack in Afghanistan this year. Eighty people were killed this February at a dogfighting event near Kandahar.

Just another useless factoid.

factoid on July 7, 2008 at 12:22 PM

Looks like foreign embassies in Islamabad are preparing for the worst in the wake of the increased bombings in the area..

The Australian

Limerick on July 7, 2008 at 12:23 PM

factoid,

It’s the new normal, scores of people chunked almost every day. I was wrong about Pakistan. That completely ignored event only killed about “two dozen” people according to ROP.com.

Beagle on July 7, 2008 at 12:29 PM

It never ceases to amaze me, the violence of MUSLIM ON MUSLIM. As always, if they are killing each other over there, they are not killing anyone over here… If you have a RABID dog running the streets of your neighborhood, you do not cage it, you do not treat it with medicine, the only thing to do is KILL it. It must be eliminated for the safety of ALL!!! We must have the same attitude for ALL RADICAL MUSLIMS in this world. THERE ARE MANY RELIGIONS IN THE WORLD, BUT ONLY ONE RELIGION OF PEACE…

pueblo1032 on July 7, 2008 at 11:36 AM

Nice rant pueblo, but ignorant. Most Indians are NOT Muslim, but Hindu. The whole India/Pakistan fiasco is the fruit of 200+ years of British Imperialism. I share your feelings about radical Islam, but your statements are a perfect example of the kind of reckless and ignorant attitude that conservatives are trying to avoid being tarred with.

peski on July 7, 2008 at 12:42 PM

But I thought the “war on terror” was nearly over, with only 1200 AQ bad guys left in Iraq and now that the jihadists lost their “divine endorsement”?

awake on July 7, 2008 at 1:16 PM

Please link to an article that puts forward the idea that the War on Terror is nearly over.

MikeZero on July 7, 2008 at 1:44 PM

The whole India/Pakistan fiasco is the fruit of 200+ years of British Imperialism
peski on July 7, 2008 at 12:42 PM

Sorry peski I have to disagree with you here, while British were indeed a factor, the tension between Hindus and Muslim goes back to centuries.Partition was a result of Islamic identity crisis. I am simplifying here but emerging Muslim middle class could need bear lagging behind Hindus who just centuries ago were dhimmis and hence according to them their inferiors.

To general ,

I think you may find this helpful

http://www.rediff.com/news/2008/jul/07raman.htm

Gaurav on July 7, 2008 at 1:59 PM

Please link to an article that puts forward the idea that the War on Terror is nearly over.

MikeZero on July 7, 2008 at 1:44 PM

http://hotair.com/archives/2008/07/06/on-the-cusp-of-the-most-spectacular-victory-against-al-qaeda/

awake on July 7, 2008 at 2:00 PM

This is grim oppotunity, though. For the U.S. and India must come together. We really need India’s assistance in helping to clean up this part of the world. If Pakistan see’s India and the U.S. teaming up, possibly against them, they may snap out of the stupid funk they’re in. And I do mean STUPID. Pakistan has everything to lose by continuing on their current course of non-action. The Pakistani gov’t gives all new meaning to the term stuck-on-stupid. DD

Darvin Dowdy on July 7, 2008 at 2:00 PM

I bet if you started to try a few of them for sedition and treason it would really put a damper on the enthusiasm of the followers that are mostly there for a groovy time.

jmarcure on July 7, 2008 at 11:35 AM

My god, I just don’t know what to say to that!

Watchman on July 7, 2008 at 2:01 PM

“THERE ARE MANY RELIGIONS IN THE WORLD, BUT ONLY ONE RELIGION OF PEACE…
pueblo1032 on July 7, 2008 at 11:36 AM
For a minute there i thought you were talking about Christianity and had left out every other religion that doesn’t encourage their followers to kill everyone who is not a believer…which leaves one. Sarcasm sometimes eludes me.
;-)

Christine on July 7, 2008 at 2:14 PM

Sorry peski I have to disagree with you here, while British were indeed a factor, the tension between Hindus and Muslim goes back to centuries.Partition was a result of Islamic identity crisis. I am simplifying here but emerging Muslim middle class could need bear lagging behind Hindus who just centuries ago were dhimmis and hence according to them their inferiors.

Gaurav on July 7, 2008 at 1:59 PM

I agree that it’s not simple, and of course major tensions have always existed, and yes the Peacock Throne treated the Hindus as dhimmis, but the India/Pakistan partition solution after X-hundred years of rule (and exploitation) by the British East India Company forced a completely unnatural division based on religion rather than culture.

peski on July 7, 2008 at 2:27 PM

My god, I just don’t know what to say to that!

Watchman on July 7, 2008 at 2:01 PM

What is so hard about that statement. If treason and sedition are committed then the treasonist and seditionist should be tried.

Johan Klaus on July 7, 2008 at 2:28 PM

Breaking: Terrorist attack on Indian embassy in Kabul kills 41

And the “religion of peace” keep doing what it does best…kill, kill, kill innocent people!

Since 9/11, Islamofascist terrorists have committed 11,390, or more atrocities: The Religion of Peace

byteshredder on July 7, 2008 at 3:24 PM

Please link to an article that puts forward the idea that the War on Terror is nearly over.
MikeZero on July 7, 2008 at 1:44 PM
http://hotair.com/archives/2008/07/06/on-the-cusp-of-the-most-spectacular-victory-against-al-qaeda/
awake on July 7, 2008 at 2:00 PM

LOL, Awake must have been asleep during history class yesterday. The thread you reference doesn’t talk about the end of the WOT, but rather the impending demise of AQI. Just as the battle of Midway didn’t end the war against Japan, neither does this victory mean the end of the WOT. Try reading your reference a bit deeper before offering it as evidence.

Here is what you seemingly missed:

-”Did you know that the US and Iraq will shortly conclude one of the most spectacular victories of the war on terror?”

-”The Times of London has this right: the victory in Mosul gives the West the most spectacular victory of the war.”

Bishop on July 7, 2008 at 3:34 PM

I still think that the islamic savages have put me in quite the spot: if I agree to their terms I will have to convert to Islam and put my wife in a burkha. But if I tell her she now has to wear a burkha she will kill me in my sleep.

Choices choices.

Bishop on July 7, 2008 at 3:38 PM

LOL, Awake must have been asleep during history class yesterday.

Only time will tell. Anyway, like I said, it couldn’t have come at a better time. We need to get re-focused on Afghanistan. Maybe we can toppel that puppet regime and establish another failed Islamic democracy there?

awake on July 7, 2008 at 4:03 PM

Please link to an article that puts forward the idea that the War on Terror is nearly over.

MikeZero on July 7, 2008 at 1:44 PM

http://hotair.com/archives/2008/07/06/on-the-cusp-of-the-most-spectacular-victory-against-al-qaeda/

awake on July 7, 2008 at 2:00 PM

Victory over al-Qaeda in Iraq (one of the factions in that country) does not mean the WoT is nearly over.

aengus on July 7, 2008 at 4:12 PM

Alright, U.S., India, Afghanistan, DOG-PILE ON PAKISTAN!! :)

ThePrez on July 7, 2008 at 4:24 PM

Only time will tell. Anyway, like I said, it couldn’t have come at a better time. We need to get re-focused on Afghanistan. Maybe we can toppel that puppet regime and establish another failed Islamic democracy there?

Or we can give them time to get their own house in better order even though they face an enemy as barbaric as any which have ever trod the earth.

No, better we just hightail it out of there and write them off as incapable of anything more involved than dictatorship. Liberals love peace no matter the cost.

Bishop on July 7, 2008 at 4:42 PM

Leaving the area surely won’t bring about peace, that is, if you know anything about Islam and the historical Sunni/Shia rift and I am am anything but a liberal. I would love to hear your definition of the “barbaric enemy” that they and we face.

awake on July 7, 2008 at 5:01 PM

I never said you were a liberal, perhaps you can link or are you feeling guilty?

Anyhoo we can’t stay and we can’t leave, I suppose this is the point where things really get sticky.

“Barbaric” as in Taliban and their cohorts. Don’t bother about making a semantic argument over the word, just go with it.

Bishop on July 7, 2008 at 5:09 PM

Still waiting for that link from awake. The first one was a dud.

MikeZero on July 7, 2008 at 6:30 PM

MikeZero on July 7, 2008 at 6:30 PM

That was merely Ed grandstanding about how the use of the word jihad was inappropriate. jihadists and non-violent Muslims are nearly indistinguishable from each other.

If we follow the logic of the two articles presented, we should withdraw forthright after the last 1200 stronghold AQ forces are eliminated, unless of course you believe that 150K + boots on the ground indefinately from our volunteer military is a good idea.

I asked Bishop for his definition of the enemy. I assume he meant AQ in Iraq and the Taleban in Afgghanistan. I would love to hear what you believe a defined tangible mission objective in this war is or should be.

awake on July 7, 2008 at 6:44 PM

I need some clarity here. Are you saying that “jihadists and non-violent Muslims are nearly indistinguishable from each other” or are you saying that that is what Ed is saying?

MikeZero on July 7, 2008 at 7:45 PM

Allah’s slaves are resting/ignored in the blazing/glazing glare of the US election. And it is safer to insist that Jihad heroes are extremist misfits that are rarer to find than moderate Muslims.

Maybe a nuke will wake up the west…..maybe not.

BL@KBIRD on July 7, 2008 at 10:18 PM

need some clarity here. Are you saying that “jihadists and non-violent Muslims are nearly indistinguishable from each other” or are you saying that that is what Ed is saying?

MikeZero on July 7, 2008 at 7:45 PM

I am certainly not saying what Ed is saying, but that being said, I want to know how you differentiate Jihadists from regular ol, Muslims.

Let’s see how fast you can make yourself irrelevant, thankfully, in my estimation?

I am starting the moron line. Rally around me, all you morons.

awake on July 7, 2008 at 11:35 PM

I listen to all this rhetoric about killing radical islamists. Well and good. But at least….. as a minimum can we start denying the entrance of Islamics into the United States. We have no way of acertaining which are friendlies and which are not so keep them all out for now.

When will we start protecting our borders. Already the presidential candidates are stumping for the Mexican vote, how long before they start stumping for the Islamic vote. The greatest country in the world being brought down by it’s own greed and stupidity. What a shame.

Ernest on July 8, 2008 at 6:10 PM