Why the Rush to Blame Mossad – Other Than Anti-Israel Paranoia?
posted at 5:17 pm on February 25, 2010 by Dafydd ab Hugh
The world still roils over the assassination of Hamas senior commander Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai; perhaps a better word would be “hyperventilates“:
Last week, Israel’s ambassador to Britain was called in for an official reprimand by the Foreign Office. In Dubai, Lt. Gen. Dahi Khalfan Tamim, the chief of police for the emirate, has said he is “99 percent” sure that operatives of the Israeli spy agency, Mossad, killed Mr. al-Mabhouh.
But I still haven’t seen a single shred of evidence that Mossad, Israel’s premier agency for intelligence, covert ops, and counter-terrorism, was behind the bizarre scheme… and several tantalizing bits indicating that they weren’t:
- In general, the hit job was too elaborate, too complex, too Byzantine. Gas? Guns? Electrocutions? This is silly.
- The 26-member hit squad was far too large for the job; that scrum was almost guaranteed to be found out!
- The killers were clumsy enough to be caught on surveillance video, which seems very unlike the highly professional Mossad.
- They stole the identities of real Israeli citizens. Far from pointing the finger at Mossad, I believe this curious fact points firmly away from that agency; why would they intentionally implicate their own citizens?
And a new piece of intel I’d not seen until today: According to Dubai intelligence, one of the best in the Middle East, two of the assassins chose a peculiar refuge to flee after the hit:
Nonetheless, some details have emerged that do not track with traditional Israeli intelligence tradecraft. The Dubai authorities this week said two of the operatives fled to Iran.
Let’s do a little detecting. We need a suspect group that (a) kills Hamas members; (b) doesn’t mind implicating Israel; and (c) has some sort of affinity with Iran. Hm… that’s a toughie; unless, just possibly, the hit was actually carried out by Hezbollah.
- Hezbollah is fighting Hamas for control of Gaza and the West Bank; they have ample reason to want to assassinate al-Mabhouh.
- Hezbollah takes its cue from Iran, and no country on Earth hates Israel more than Iran. Killing al-Mabhouh — and ensuring that Israel would get the blame in the international community, which is always eager to blame the Jews for everything bad in the world, anyway — would send a tingle down Hassan Nasrallah’s leg.
- Hezbollah is Iran’s private terrorist group, which they send out to other countries and regions, notably Syria and the Palestinian Authority, to enforce Iran’s will. It makes perfect sense for Hezbollah assassins to flee to Iran for sanctuary.
To my thoughts, all signs point to Hezbollah, not Mossad, as the author of this plot. It seems that even the Devil can do a good deed now and again, albeit for his own nefarious reasons.
Cross-posted on Big Lizards…