New Delhi: BJP leader LK Advani on Tuesday appeared to counter a Congress leader`s view that Indian Mujahideen was formed as a reaction to the 2002 Gujarat riots by citing a book which states that US President Barack Obama now believes Jihadi terrorists are not poor, hopeless or ignorant but ones having political and religious grievances.
In his latest blog posting, Advani quoted extensively from a book - "The Finish: The killing of Osama bin Laden" by Mark Bowden. He quoted from the book which claims that Obama`s attitude towards Jihadi terrorism changed radically in the first decade of this century - from the day when 9/11 took place to the time when Osama bin Laden was shot dead.
According to the book, Obama had different views about the root cause of terrorism. "It grows from a climate of poverty and ignorance, helplessness and despair," he had said in an interview to a newspaper after 9/11.
He called for America "to devote far more attention to the monumental task of raising the hopes and prospects of embittered children across the globe".
However, ten years later, when Osama was killed in 2012, Obama`s views about Jihadi terrorism had changed.
"By the time that day ended (when Osama was killed) I am sure a realisation must have taken roots in his mind, as the author of this book writes that in this case, the suicidal killers would turn out to be neither embittered sons of poverty, nor especially hopeless or ignorant," Advani said.
"Most were well-to-do young Saudis whose families had shipped them overseas for expensive college education. They were religious fanatics, led by a man who had inherited a fortune. Their grievances were not economic - they were political and religious," Advani said, quoting the book.
Advani, known for making oblique references and talking in metaphors in his blog, made these comments today, a day after Congress General Secretary Shakeel Ahmed said Indian Mujahideen - a proscribed terrorist organisation - was born as a reaction to the 2002 Gujarat riots which took place when Narendra Modi was the chief minister.