Kashmiris fear Iraq war may create more "Osamas"
Abdul Gaffar, 65, takes a long pull on his hubbly-bubbly pipe, exhales a cloud of smoke — and then begins spewing venom at the United States for launching an attack on Iraq. What is Bush trying to achieve in the name of fighting terrorism?” asked Gaffar, who lives in a houseboat on Lake Dal at Srinagar, the summer capital of India’s only Muslim majority state. Scenic Kashmir has been ravaged by a 14-year Islamic insurgency that has left more than 37,500 people dead and rendered jobless people like Gaffer, who were dependent on tourism. “The attack on Iraq is bound to create more people like Osama bin Laden,” he said, his one ear tuned in to a radio broadcast tracking developments in the Gulf. Bin Laden’s al-Qaeda movement is accused of being behind the terrorist attacks in the United States on September 11, 2001. Full Story