Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Blair silent on Israeli assassins

We haven't heard a peep out of the former PM, now acting a part as a Middle East peace envoy, on the murder by Israeli assassins of a Hamas dissident in Dubai. Indeed, the Dubai authorities are uncertain even how he died; poison has been mentioned, or suffocation - indicating that there there were no obvious indications on the body.

Perhaps Mabhouh had inconveniently forgotten to carry his penknife with him on his travels.


talwin said...

Perhaps Blair is, and may remain, quiet because he believes the 'assassins' (I know it's not your word, R., but murderers, surely) honestly believed what they were doing was the right thing to do.

Anonymous said...

I'm sure the murderers did believe they were doing the right thing but, at some stage, Israelis in particular and Jews in general must come to realise that Israel cannot butcher its way to international acceptance.

Jeff Wood said...


According to the online Telegraph, the only arrests so far have been of Palestinians.

The Mail reports that the stolen identities were of Brits living in Israel.

I am sure this is a complicated affair, and I won't rule out the Mossad; but I don't think it would be like them to leave a trail which leads back to Israel.

There are those who regard both Hamas and Israel as their enemies, and this may turn out to be a case of two birds, one stone.

Anonymous said...

Anon 1500: "Israel cannot butcher its way to international acceptance."

True. But Israel has realised that it will not win international (read Third-World and Arab World) acceptance whatever it does, so it might as well defend its interests vigorously. It knows well that there are those who would (and will, given the chance) "wipe it off the map". A certain determination in pursuing your enemies seems unsurprising in the circumstances.

In any case, it's hard to feel sorry for the Hamas dude; those who live by the sword often die by the sword. It can hardly have come as a surprise.

Ed P said...

This man was there allegedly to buy weapons.
The UK give 20 million yearly to Hamas through the DfID.
So why is Milli-major so cross - is it perhaps because this underhand and sickening "trade" arrangement has been revealed?