Dubai has upped the ante in the Mahmoud al-Mabouh assassination investigation. In addition to the individuals it had named as assailants or accomplices, today it added an addition 15. In addition to those nations already victimized by cloned passports, Australia was added to the list. Though one should never say never when it comes to Israel wriggling out of predicaments like this one, it’s becoming harder and harder to imagine that it can without some serious consequences in terms of long-term relations with some of the countries involved, not to mention potential criminal charges against Israeli officials themselves like Meir Dagan, Mossad chief.
Dubai revealed that a number of the Mossad officers used American credit cards issued by the Iowa-based Meta Bank. Don’t you wonder why you haven’t heard a peep from the Treasury Department or Obama administration on this clear violation of federal law? I can’t imagine it’s legal to use a credit card issued on an American bank in commission of a crime. Shall we lay odds how long it will take U.S.authorities to say anything about this?
The most mystifying and intriguing development is this one reported by the Times’ Robert Worth:
The Dubai police statement issued Wednesday included a striking detail: two of the new suspects, identified as Nicole Sandra McCabe and Adam Marcus Korman and carrying Australian passports, left Dubai on a ship bound for Iran.
Say what?? Iran? I don’t know quite how to reconcile these elements but Paul Woodward has an intriguing theory that Israel had infiltrated al-Mabouh’s Iranian weapons network in order to eventually kill him. Something like this false flag operation was also used in the Iran-Contra weapons dealings. As I said, I’m not sure how to reconcile Paul’s theory with this, but the notion that two Mossad agents would’ve left Dubai after killing al-Mabouh headed for Iran is very, very strange.
Could Iran have wanted al-Mabouh dead? Could Iran have unwittingly been cooperating with Mossad agents in its arms dealings with al-Mabouh? Could the Mossad have deliberately been poking a finger in Iran’s eye by sending its killers home via the country with which al-Mabouh was engaged in arms dealing? Why would the Mossad risk sending its agents to Iran where they would surely be tried and executed if unmasked?
A powerful and critical reaction from one of the new batch of Israeli’s victimized by identity theft. The real Adam Korman told the Jerusalem Post:
I feel scared and shocked since hearing about this,” he added, describing the use of the names on the passports as “irresponsible” and “a violation of human rights and the rights of the individual.”
I read one unintentionally ironic passage from an Australian publication’s musings on the penetration of their nation’s security through the passport theft. Note the language of this passage:
THE use of Australian passports in the hit on a Hamas leader in Dubai has raised fears terrorists could bypass strict visa security measures unveiled by the Rudd government in its counter-terrorism white paper.
Doesn’t this tell you heaps about western prejudices in favor of our own and against the unwashed hordes, that this reporter would not have realized that any nation that carries out an assassination on foreign soil while abusing the security of numerous erstwhile allies is engaging in terrorism. Why can’t these Mossad agents be called terrorists too?