Thursday, March 04, 2010
Sheera Frenkel of McClatchy Newspapers reports:
Dubai's police chief announced yesterday that he would seek the arrest of Israel's prime minister and spy chief over the Jan. 19 slaying of Hamas operative Mahmoud al-Mabhouh.Well, good luck with that. I don't think that those Israeli officials are too nervous about being sent to central booking. The next grafs are interesting as well:
Chief Dahi Khalfan Tamim said he would ask the United Arab Emirates' prosecutor to file Interpol arrest warrants for the two, saying he was "completely sure" that Mossad, Israel's intelligence agency, was behind the killing. Israel has refused to confirm or deny involvement in the incident.(Emphasis added).
Tamim said Dubai also would now closely inspect Western passports and said Jews would be "singled out."
That last line hopefully sounds a wee bit less harsh in its original
Tamim said that Dubai immigration services would be on their guard "after Israel's abuse of passports from Western countries" and that officers would be trained to identify accents and certain "physical indicators."(Emphasis added).
Like most Arab countries, the United Arab Emirates has no diplomatic relations with Israel. Dubai had taken a more lenient stance with Israeli visitors, but its police said Monday that dual-national Israelis arriving on foreign passports would be barred from entering.
Translation: we don't want no big-nosed, fast-talking Jews here, even those that are American-Israeli or Anglo-Israeli or Franco-Israeli and might have the interest and resources to help bail out our lame-ass real estate and speculative economic super-bubble, because we are really concerned one of them might kill one of the nice terrorists we give safe harbor to, and that would hurt what is left of our Arab Street cred.
If only there was a crusading news organization willing to perform and print investigative reporting on the sources of terror funding, foot soldiers, planners, hitmen and fatcats living in Saudi compounds. There are no such brave newspapers.
If only governments, like that of Dubai, who so suddenly develop a distaste for political murder were willing to seek punishments from both sides!
Unhappily, there are plenty of European countries who would love to be able to honor those arrest warrants, though the decision might still get stopped by the top leaders. For now.
Whomever killed this man did the world a favor.
If Hamas is truly supported by Iran, then perhaps the important understory is that Dubai/UAE is more afraid of Iran than Israel, and the repercussions of NOT taking a hardline against the apparent "assasination" of this guy.
The petro states of the Gulf see the handwriting on the wall: Uncle Sugar is bugging out of the Middle East (leaving Iraq soon), and they are all terrified of what Iran will do once they have nukes and there is no harsh Sunni state (such as Saddam Hussein's Iraq) to act as a buffer.