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February 21, 2010

Some perspective

David Horovitz waffles on at some length in response to an excessive opprobrium in the wake of an apparent assassination by Mossad agents in Dubai.

He needn't have bothered. He makes his case in his first sentence.

The world has not been impoverished by the death of Mahmoud Mabhouh.

Not only that. The world is made better by the dispepsia of Robert Fisk.

Also: In case the sight of that was not enough to make you sign up for a Mossad hit team on a volunteer basis, consider the following.

Last year Mabhouh, who had a key role in Hamas’s arms supply chain, is thought to have masterminded an attempt to smuggle weapons into Gaza from Sudan. Fascinatingly, Mabhouh had just come from Sudan when he arrived in Dubai – and, even more fascinatingly, he was en route to China.

Related: Profile of an assassin.

You couldn't ask for a more fitting secret service assassin than the Anglo-Israeli - 'Anglo' being British, South African, Canadian or Australian.

American immigrants won't do - they're too much like Israelis. Assassins need to work quietly, not attracting too much attention. So sending an American oleh on a complicated mission in a high-pressure environment, with many, many cameras, just won't work. The Anglo-Israeli, however, is at once quiet, reserved, self-effacing and unobtrusive; while at the same time managing to be assertive, aggressive, and in-your-face.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at February 21, 2010 08:58 AM