Mughniyeh’s last moments

posted at 10:31 am on February 14, 2008 by Allahpundit

Share my joy.

One witness, who declined to give her name, said the explosion occurred about 10:15 p.m. and blew parts of the car into her apartment. Her husband said the blast hurled Mughniyah’s body into the building entrance about 15 feet away, severing his arms and legs. He was dead by the time rescue workers arrived, she said. Other residents told her that the bomb detonated as Mughniyah opened the car after visiting Iranians who live on the building’s second floor. “We hadn’t seen him here before,” she said.

And now share my sorrow. As a microcosm of pre-9/11 western approaches to terror, it’s hard to beat this:

Lebanese officials, exploiting a monitored telephone call, traced Mughniyah to Paris in 1985, only five months after the hijacking of a TWA jetliner, to which he had been linked. He was staying at the Hotel de Crillon, a luxurious hotel across the street from the U.S. Embassy. Tipped off by the Lebanese, U.S. officials asked French police to arrest him and turn him over. Instead, as previously reported in The Washington Post, French agents met with him several times over a six-day period, according to a source closely involved, and worked out an agreement to release him in return for the freedom of a French hostage.

Who finally got him? Read the cryptic anecdote at the beginning here and draw your own conclusions. It’s in everyone’s interest to blame Mossad, Israel’s included since it restores the agency’s fearsomeness in one fell swoop. If they did do it, it was obviously by flipping someone very, very trusted: “Steinberg says whoever killed Mughniyeh not only found him in the upscale Kfar Sousse neighborhood but booby-trapped his Mitsubishi Pajero from under his security’s nose. He figures it was an inside job, which should cause Hezbollah and Iran to worry about infiltration at the highest levels.” Indeed. Spend a minute on Meir Javedanfar’s piece at Pajamas for a quickie recap of western intelligence coups against Iran over the past year. The upshot:

The assassination of Mughniyeh is likely to lead to a major restructuring of Iran’s intelligence operations abroad, and even at home. Mughniyeh was a man who traveled frequently between Tehran and Damascus. Therefore it is very possible that his assassins were tracking his movements inside Iran as well. The worst case scenario for Tehran would be if he was compromised by someone inside Iran, a scenario which Iran’s intelligence agency, known by its Farsi acronym as VAVAK, would quite likely be looking into.

Fearing infiltrations elsewhere, it is also possible that Iran’s nuclear program, especially its nuclear scientists, may be forced to go even deeper underground due to the apparent progress in Western efforts to find valuable Iranian targets.

If your stomach can take it, watch Rusty’s new video and behold the point to which Mughniyeh’s heirs have devolved. Here’s the send-off Hezbollah jihadis gave him at his funeral today. Yes, really.

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Couldn’t have happened to a more deserving fellow.

Rest in pieces.

Pulchritudinous Patriot on February 14, 2008 at 10:35 AM

Good riddance! Maybe whomever done this, will find a few more just like him blown to smitherines!

kcd on February 14, 2008 at 10:36 AM

Good grief! That photo at the end. *ugh*

Whoever did it, cheers.

p40tiger on February 14, 2008 at 10:37 AM

Reports said what was left of him was placed in a refrigerated coffin.

Cold cuts.

Shy Guy on February 14, 2008 at 10:38 AM

Explosive new developments.

BTW, did the DNC send a delegation to the funeral?

JammieWearingFool on February 14, 2008 at 10:49 AM

That jawa report video is horrific.

LimeyGeek on February 14, 2008 at 10:49 AM

Her husband said the blast hurled Mughniyah’s body into the building entrance about 15 feet away, severing his arms and legs.

Perfect.

When he arrives in paradise all he will be able to do is stare at his 72 virgins.

fogw on February 14, 2008 at 10:50 AM

Tra la la boom z a….

soulsirkus on February 14, 2008 at 10:50 AM

Will add Nasrallah and Hezbullah have just efectively declaired war on Israel

Al Jazeera

Hezbollah has accused Israel of killing Moghniyeh, while Syria, a supporter of Hezbollah, branded the attack a “cowardly and terrorist act”.

Nasrallah blamed Israel directly for Moghniyeh’s death, and said that the July 2006 war with Israel was continuing, although not on a military level.

“The July war is still continuing – until now, no ceasefire has been proclaimed. This war is continuing at the political level, at the media level, at the financial and material level, at the security level,” he said.

“It is supported by the same countries that supported Israel in the July war. This is why [Moghniyeh] was assassinated.”

Nasrallah said that the death of Moghniyeh would only strengthen the resistance against Israel.

“Mughniyeh’s blood will lead to the elimination of Israel. These words are not an emotional reaction,” he said.

Israel has ordered its military, embassies and Jewish institutions around the world to increase security measures in case of revenge attacks, Israeli officials said on Thursday, on condition of anonymity.

William Amos on February 14, 2008 at 10:51 AM

Is it me or does he look just like Rob Riener?

MBFlyerfan on February 14, 2008 at 10:51 AM

Severance pay should be justified.

a capella on February 14, 2008 at 10:52 AM

I still suspect the Mossad had something to do with it. ‘Cause that’s how they roll.

Nasrallah’s threatening Israel again? Well, I hope he’s got better security than this fellow. Looks the Mossad is on the move again.

And the stiff arm salute? Yeah, I doubt THAT’s lost on the Israelis. Loverly. Will the media kindly point out who else used to do the stiff arm??

mjk on February 14, 2008 at 10:53 AM

♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪
The leg-bone used’ta be connected to the hip-bone…..
♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪

franksalterego on February 14, 2008 at 10:54 AM

And it seems Hezbullah’s allies are upset as well over this

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080214/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iraq_al_qaida

Al-Qaida in Iraq threatens Israel By MAAMOUN YOUSSEF, Associated Press Writer
Thu Feb 14, 6:58 AM ET

CAIRO, Egypt – The purported leader of al-Qaida’s affiliate in Iraq called in a new posting on a militant Web site on Thursday for attacks on Israel and proposed that Iraq’s territory be a “launching pad” to seize Jerusalem.

In the 30-minute audiotape, Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, said to head the Islamic State of Iraq, lashed out at Arab and Palestinian groups — especially the Palestinian Hamas — for failing to liberate the Palestinians.

William Amos on February 14, 2008 at 10:55 AM

Maybe now he understand how the Marines felt.

THE CHOSEN ONE on February 14, 2008 at 10:55 AM

I will add my “couldn’t happen to a nicer guy” and blink back a tear.

tree hugging sister on February 14, 2008 at 10:56 AM

should have fed him to the pigs.

maintenanceman on February 14, 2008 at 10:57 AM

He’s got bigger problems, now. The JUDGEMENT!

p40tiger on February 14, 2008 at 10:58 AM

That’s a good warm-up. Now, let’s kick it into high-gear!

emailnuevo on February 14, 2008 at 10:58 AM

Hey, I really enjoy good smack talk. Does anyone here know of a jihadi site where I could login and talk smack with these tough guys?

THE CHOSEN ONE on February 14, 2008 at 10:58 AM

Getting him is a huge deal.

CP on February 14, 2008 at 10:58 AM

Dear Whomever,

Explode Nasrallah next, please.
-The Judaeo-Christian World

Shirotayama on February 14, 2008 at 10:59 AM

Here’s to hoping he gets his 72 virgins…all either men or looking like Helen Thomas.

amerpundit on February 14, 2008 at 11:02 AM

Is it me or does he look just like Rob Riener?

MBFlyerfan on February 14, 2008 at 10:51 AM

Now that you mention it, has anybody seen Rob Riener recently?

landlines on February 14, 2008 at 11:04 AM

Mughniyeh: Where are my 72 virgins?
Allah: April Fools! Oh, boy, that one never gets old.

amerpundit on February 14, 2008 at 11:04 AM

Love the car bomb idea. Nice to see “whoever” did this is getting creative. This assassination tactic doesn’t fit their enemy’s profile so they’ve got to be wondering if this was an inside job.

At least he avoided that awful waterboarding at Gitmo.

fogw on February 14, 2008 at 11:05 AM

We’ll be seeing more of that “terrorism is a law enforcement problem” approach starting next year.

Lehuster on February 14, 2008 at 11:05 AM

Was it at Hot Air that I saw the joke about the dead jihadi complaining saying that nobody told him that the virgins weren’t necessarily female?

p40tiger on February 14, 2008 at 11:10 AM

Yeah, a bit like Rob rEIner (rIEner rhymes with Wiener!).

I’ve read reports of genetic studies suggesting that genetically, east mediterranean arabs (syria, palestine, jordan) and jews have more chromosomes in common with each other than with any other middle eastern ethnicities in the region.

If that’s true, wouldn’t surprise me that a lot of people in each group resembles people in the other.

Shirotayama on February 14, 2008 at 11:10 AM

Here’s the send-off Hezbollah jihadis gave him at his funeral today.

Are we sure that those are Hezbollah? Could it be Keith Olberdouch holding up a Hezbollah jihadi mask?

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on February 14, 2008 at 11:13 AM

Found it:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2000/05/000509003653.htm

Notably:

“The study, published in the May 9 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that Jewish men shared a common set of genetic signatures with non-Jews from the Middle East, including Palestinians, Syrians, and Lebanese, and these signatures diverged significantly from non-Jewish men outside of this region. Consequently, Jews and Arabs share a common ancestor and are more closely related to one another than to non-Jews from other areas of the world.”

Shirotayama on February 14, 2008 at 11:15 AM

Her husband said the blast hurled Mughniyah’s body into the building entrance about 15 feet away, severing his arms and legs.

What they fail to mention is that he landed in a bathtub.

His new name?…..Wait for it….Wait for it…….

BOB!

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on February 14, 2008 at 11:16 AM

Ok I watched the video of they guys being burned alive. I don’t understand something. They didn’t scream or really even seem to role around in pain. Were they sedated or something? It almost seems like they were propped up as they were being doused in fuel.

boomer on February 14, 2008 at 11:16 AM

Mazel Tov.

bloggless on February 14, 2008 at 11:16 AM

So sad.

So sad it didn’t happen sooner.

ej_pez on February 14, 2008 at 11:19 AM

Where’d you get the picture of Meathead dressed like that?

drjohn on February 14, 2008 at 11:21 AM

MEGA-Mazel Tovs!

Shirotayama on February 14, 2008 at 11:27 AM

I saw a lot more Cedar in those pics than I saw Hizbuclowns, so here’s hoping against hope.

BTW, I could be wrong, but it looked to me like those AQ hostages were already dead before being thrown into the flaming pit. Thus, the video seems more like desperate last-ditch propaganda than actual snuff a la the Berg or Johnson videos.

Kid from Brooklyn on February 14, 2008 at 11:34 AM

Nothing warms my heart quite like the thought of a smoldering, mutiliated jihadi body flying through the air. Honestly, with all the depressing U.S. election news this year so far, it’s nice to have a good old-fashioned terrorist assassination to lift the spirits.

Enrique on February 14, 2008 at 11:35 AM

“Mughniyeh is probably the most intelligent, most capable operative we’ve ever run across,” Robert Baer, a former CIA operative who hunted Mughniyeh for years, said in a past interview on the “60 Minutes” news program. “He enters by one door, exits by another, changes his cars daily, never makes appointments on a telephone, never is predictable. … He only uses people that are related to him that he can trust. He is the master terrorist, the grail we are after since 1983.”

And now his body rots. Request: More news like this.

pecan pie on February 14, 2008 at 11:39 AM

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on February 14, 2008 at 11:16 AM

I heard he landed on the wall and they called him Art…wait, no he landed right at the front door and they called him Mat…no, wait…LMAO

ihasurnominashun on February 14, 2008 at 11:39 AM

Pieces be uopn him.

Kid from Brooklyn on February 14, 2008 at 11:40 AM

What was the last thing that went through Mughniyah’s mind?

His teeth.

Damian P. on February 14, 2008 at 11:45 AM

Where’d you get the picture of Meathead dressed like that?

drjohn on February 14, 2008 at 11:21 AM

From Archie’s bunker.

Shy Guy on February 14, 2008 at 11:50 AM

All of his 72 virgins have one piece each.

jgapinoy on February 14, 2008 at 11:57 AM

Was Judas French?

I think I’ve seen paintings of him wearing a beret with a baguette under his arm off to make a deal.

Hening on February 14, 2008 at 11:59 AM

How about an encore? I’ve got the spot picked out!

pecan pie on February 14, 2008 at 12:01 PM

boomer at 11:16 AM

I was thinking the same as you. The victims did not react to the liquid being squirted, simply rolled over like a sack of potatoes then no sounds that I could hear once ignited.

ttevolla on February 14, 2008 at 12:02 PM

One can only hope that the intelligence agencies in Iran and Syria are eating themselves from the inside out, as they try to find the moles. Ideally, the two countries will start throwing recriminations at each other and their alliance will collapse in acrimony.

May there be blood in the streets.

nukemhill on February 14, 2008 at 12:05 PM

Can’t wait for the Spielberg movie, showing how troubled the consciences of the assasins are.

JohnW on February 14, 2008 at 12:16 PM

“The study, published in the May 9 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that Jewish men shared a common set of genetic signatures with non-Jews from the Middle East, including Palestinians, Syrians, and Lebanese, and these signatures diverged significantly from non-Jewish men outside of this region. Consequently, Jews and Arabs share a common ancestor and are more closely related to one another than to non-Jews from other areas of the world.”

This has been known for quite a while. His name was Abraham.

Mr. Bingley on February 14, 2008 at 12:26 PM

“His name was Abraham.”

Uhhhh, YE-AH. Buuuuut….a VERY long time elapsed and a lot of tribal movement on both sides took place from the time ol’ Abe moved from Ur (in present-day Iraq) to Canaan, and then his descendants went to Egypt for a bunch of generations, and then back to Canaan, and then to Babylon, and then back to Judea, and then finally scattered to the winds and many other countries when Rome destroyed the second temple. Invading armies from all around moved people through that area…Babylon, Assyria, Greece, Persia, Rome…you’d think with all that movement due to war and conquest and defeat and exile all tossed into the mix, that the genetic mix wouldn’t be quite so close.

This is why I think the findings are so interesting.
Whatever.

I’m just glad the dude’s finally dead. We and the Izzies both owed it to him and I’m glad he got his due. Now I wish they’s permananently shut Nasrallah up, too.

Shirotayama on February 14, 2008 at 12:35 PM

Other residents told her that the bomb detonated as Mughniyah opened the car after visiting Iranians who live on the building’s second floor.

I wonder who they are and how they’re doing.

Buy Danish on February 14, 2008 at 12:42 PM

I pray for the souls of the deceased and their families.

Jaibones on February 14, 2008 at 1:00 PM

Say hello to Adolph when you see him.

BohicaTwentyTwo on February 14, 2008 at 1:01 PM

May the bloodbath inside of Iran and Syria be of great duration and scope. May all of the savage elite be caught up in fear of “intelligence” infiltration.

OhEssYouCowboys on February 14, 2008 at 1:07 PM

THE CHOSEN ONE on February 14, 2008 at 10:55 AM

To Absent Comrades

bloggless on February 14, 2008 at 11:16 AM

L’Chaim

OhEssYouCowboys on February 14, 2008 at 1:07 PM

To confusion to our enemies.

Whoah, better take it easy. The room’s starting to spin.

BohicaTwentyTwo on February 14, 2008 at 1:31 PM

ihasurnominashun on February 14, 2008 at 11:39 AM

No, I heard he went flying over the back fence and they called him Homer.

Gottafang on February 14, 2008 at 2:03 PM

MBFlyerfan on February 14, 2008 at 10:51 AM

You’re not the only one to make that observation.

Personally, I think he looks like a fat, Moslem version of the guy who played Alex Keaton’s father on Family Ties.

Michael Gross?

Gerard on February 14, 2008 at 2:10 PM

The assassination of Mughniyeh is likely to lead to a major restructuring of Iran’s intelligence operations abroad, and even at home.

That means a watchful intel agency (hopefully ours) can pick off operatives like fleas on a hairless dog.
You can bet Mossad won’t waste the opportunity.

Speakup on February 14, 2008 at 3:12 PM

May he spend eternity eating pork.
May all of his 72 virgins be pigs.
May he rest eyebrow deep in pigsh!t.

Other than that, I really have no opinion.

leanright on February 14, 2008 at 5:34 PM

I don’t want to harsh anyones buzz but…how do we know that it was the Mugster that got whacked? Just because the cunning, treacherous, lying Arabs say so?

What better way to go into deeeeep cover? Blow up the office schmuck and call him Mugniyah. Then everybody wail and moan about the poor martyred hero.

lonesomecharlie on February 14, 2008 at 6:05 PM

One down, millions to go.

Les in NC on February 14, 2008 at 6:28 PM

“Hezbollah accused Israel”
Who cares ? Allah be praised !!!!

SIJ6141 on February 14, 2008 at 7:02 PM

This is [T.R.O.P.] The Religion Of Peace.

TheSitRep on February 14, 2008 at 7:34 PM

Will the media kindly point out who else used to do the stiff arm??

mjk on February 14, 2008 at 10:53 AM

Why it was just passed from one “miliant” organization to another, that’s all. Oh, and don’t forget, one persons Nazi is another person’s freedom fighter.

The stiff-armed salute is the legacy of the cozy relationship between the Nazis and the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem during WWII. If you’ve ever wondered why Arab anti-Semitic propaganda looks similar to what Goebbels and co put out–that’s precisely where they got it from.

smellthecoffee on February 14, 2008 at 10:13 PM

Happy Valentine’s Day, Hezbollah!

Kralizec on February 14, 2008 at 10:46 PM

As my good buddy Karl von Clausewitz described it, “diplomacy by other means.” Of course he was talking about the use of force by one nation state to impose it’s will on another. War comes in all shapes and sizes. I like this one, it sure beats sending a few hundred thousand of your nation’s youth to die in some miserable worthless sand dune of a nation.

4Bear on February 15, 2008 at 8:24 AM