December 6, 2008

THE INCIPIENT ALLIES:

Hezbollah blames Sunni group for Mumbai attacks ( Himanshi Dhawan, 12/07/08, Times of India)

Lebanon-based Hezbollah has blamed the Mumbai terror attack on the Sunni fundamentalist group Takfiris. In a statement which can raise eyebrows because of Hezbollah's unrelenting hostility to Israel, the Hezbollah said that the group which carried out the Mumbai strikes was of Takfiri ideological lineage.

Takfiris are ultra-fundamentalist Sunnis who view the non-Muslim world as a battleground and all non-Muslims as infidels. The statement issued by Sayyid Nawwaf al-Musawi, the international relations head of Hezbollah, is significant because it comes at a time when huge sections in Pakistan continue to deny any link of the notorious Sunni fundamentalist Lashkar to Mumbai attack, and have even blamed the crime on a wider conspiracy involving Hindus, Americans and Israelis.

Hezbollah represents Shias who have been at the receiving end of the brutality of Sunni fundamentalists groups including — al-Qaida, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammed and Sipahe Sahaba and Afghanistan-based Taliban.

Takfiris condone acts of violence as legitimate methods of achieving religious or political goals and do not accept any deviation from Islam in the strictest sense. According to them, Shias have deviated from the teachings of Islam, thus justifying the use of violence against them.

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Posted by Orrin Judd at December 6, 2008 7:50 PM
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