Monday, March 08, 2010
Another county heard from [sigh]
The initial hypocrisy eluded most people.
Dubai was incensed that someone (actually at least 27 someones, according to the Chief of Police) had come to their country using false passports and committed murder. Yet neither Dubai nor any of the other countries who later entered the fray, seemed particularly bothered that the victim - a known terrorist, and admitted kidnapper and murderer - had entered Dubai using his real name and passport... and had been welcomed like the prodigal son.
Then Great Britain, Australia and a couple of other countries whose passports had been forged, began crying about how their passports are sacrosanct, and how dare they (presumably the Mossad) violate the sacred nature of official state documents!
Alan Dershowitz was among the first to really notice the blatant hypocrisy. As he put it:
"Every good intelligence agency uses stolen and forged passports. The British have been especially adept at this means of spycraft. No country that uses fake passports in their intelligence operations has the moral authority to complain about the alleged misuse of passports in this case."
Dershowitz makes a bunch of other good points, but I'll let you read the rest on your own.
Well, it now appears that Interpol has decided to join the hypocrisy party. They have issued 'Red Notices' (their highest alert level) for all 27 of the alleged hit-people. At first blush this would seem perfectly natural given that the crime involved a lot of border crossing and international intrigue.
But wait. Let's take a peek at Interpol's own constitution:
Article 3 states, "It is strictly forbidden for the Organization to undertake any intervention or activities of a political, military, religious or racial character."
Maybe I'm just dense, but is there any way that this hit could possibly have been anything other than 'political' and/or 'military'?! I mean, seriously, I think we can rule out robbery as a motive... and if there was another possible reason for the murder then the political/military one, I haven't heard anyone mention it.
I guess when there is the possibility of putting Israel in the dock, everyone is perfectly willing to ignore their own practices and rules.
But we really shouldn't be surprised at the bedfellows turning up at this particular slumber party.
The U.K. (as I've pointed out far too frequently recently) is no stranger to anti-Semitism masquerading as anti-Zionism.
And Interpol's headquarters is, not surprisingly, located in France... another country that is not burdened by any great love for us sheenies. Case in point; the telling words of France's former ambassador to the U.K., the late Daniel Bernard, who in an unguarded moment called Israel "that shitty little country" [and further added] "Why should the world be in danger of World War III because of those people?" [emphasis mine]
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Where was Dubai's crack police chief all these years, as the passports of immigrant laborers were confiscated by their "employers?"
The hypocrasy and faux piety makes me want to puke.
Posted by: Ari | Mar 9, 2010 5:19:03 AM
No surprise when Dubai and the rest of the world love Arab terrorists who attack Jews and hate us Jews for surviving.
On another topic. I understand that Efrat has a Torah Scroll Scam scroll. Do you know anything about it?
Posted by: batya | Mar 9, 2010 6:19:15 AM
actually, i do not blame a country for protesting against passport fraud; it is de rigeur. of course when this fraud is perpetrated as part of a plot to kill a terrorist this protest should be pro forma, with a wink. after all, this is how we do international espionage, and we all support neutralizing terror. right?
Posted by: fred | Mar 9, 2010 8:41:02 AM
Once again, Alan Dershowitz reminds me why he's my favorite liberal writer.
Posted by: p | Mar 9, 2010 9:52:49 PM
I am no fan of Hamas or their ilk. But I feel I must take issue with some of your points.
Of course every foreign intelligence service worthy of the name forges travel documents. It would hardly be worthy of mention... were these particular documents not used in connection with a very public murder. The high media and political profile of this incident means any government that finds it has been unwittingly involved, through the use of its passports, cannot let it go unanswered.
The murder was committed in the United Arab Emirates. The UAE has a right and responsibility to pursue the offenders, and as an Interpol member country has exercised its ability to seek publication of Red Notices. Interpol (which only publishes Red Notices upon request by a member country) has elected to publish the Notices in this case. But Interpol is not reflexively anti-semitic. Consider the publication by Interpol of Red Notices for Iranian citizens, including the defence minister, allegedly involved with a 1994 bombing of a Jewish center in Argentina. http://www.interpol.int/public/icpo/pressreleases/pr2009/PR200980.asp
As for whether the Dubai murder is political and thus related Red Notices contravene the constitution, were the constitution interpreted broadly on this point, no terrorist would ever be the subject of a Red Notice. Terrorism is, by its nature, political. The Interpol constitution is, therefore, in my opinion, interpreted more narrowly. The assassins are sought for murder, a criminal act in all countries including Israel.
If the hit was Mossad, it was technically successful, but failed the most important test: avoiding identification. Like any badly blown intelligence operation, it is attracting a lot of negative attention for the home country. That would be true regardless of which country it was.
On foreign operations, always observe the eleventh commandment: don't get caught!
Posted by: hiraethin | Mar 22, 2010 6:49:23 AM