Friday, February 26, 2010

How Many Does It Take...?

Q: How many psychiatrists does it take to change a lightbulb?
A: One, but the lightbulb must want to change.
Q: How many assassins does it take to kill one man?
A: Supposedly, 30...and still climbing!
According to investigators, 26 agents (now possibly 30) of an as-yet unidentified country (but they're accusing Israel) murdered senior Hamas commander, Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, in Dubai in January.
Their expertly-forged passports used the identities of innocent civilians from multiple countries. More details are slowly being released by the Dubai Information Ministry, each taking us further into the realms of 007. For instance, in the first 10 days after Mabhouh's death, Dubai police thought he'd died of natural causes. Then smothered with a pillow. Next, brute force. Then tortured and tied up with wire. Clearly the evidence cannot support all these claims. We've seen CCTV footage showing bad disguises the suspects used. Now we're told some suspects fled through Iran: if these were Israeli Mossad agents, surely it would be suicidal for them to attempt an escape through the country of their sworn enemy...? Oh yes, and fingerprints have suddenly been found - a month later!
No doubt some of this information is mere fish bait, in the hope someone (in Israel?) will swallow it and incriminate himself by responding or disclosing confidential information... but currently the evidence linking Israel to the killing has still to solidify. And indeed, if Israel did carry out the killing (seeing as it's at war with Hamas), did it have the right to? Whatever the eventual outcome, this assassination should start Hamas asking the question:
Q: When will someone hit another of our top echelon?
A: Anytime they want...

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