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A Spy Scandal About Nothing
Frontpagemagazine ^ | 3-4-10 | Alan M. Dershowitz

Posted on 03/04/2010 4:33:23 AM PST by SJackson

The complaints leveled against Israel by European countries and Australia, regarding the alleged misuse of passports by the Mossad in the assassination of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, ring hollow and smack of blatant hypocrisy. Whoever did kill Mahmoud al-Mabhouh—whether it was the Israeli Mossad or someone else—clearly did have their agents use stolen or forged passports. Big deal.

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. The only ones that have a legitimate grievance are those individuals whose passports may have been misused without their knowledge.

I guess it’s the job of foreign ministries to complain publicly when other nations do what they themselves do secretly. Hypocrisy is, after all, the homage that vice pays to virtue. I’m reminded of the famous scene in Casablanca, when officer Renault declares, “I’m shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!” A croupier then approaches Renault, and hands him a roll of currency: “Your winnings, sir.”

The hypocrisy in this case seems even more blatant than usual. Is it because Israel is the alleged offender, and the world has gotten accustomed to singling out Israel for double standard condemnation?

Shortly after the terrorist attacks in Bali, which killed a large number of Australian tourists, I had the opportunity to meet with the Australian Prime Minister. I was writing a book at the time on preemption, and I asked him whether he would have authorized a preemptive attack on the terrorist who killed Australian citizens, if such an attack would have saved their lives. His response was that Australia would have done anything it could, to prevent these terrorist attacks. Anything, I guess, except misusing passports! Is there anybody who believes that Australia would not have used forged or stolen passports to prevent the Bali massacres? If Great Britain could have stopped the London subway attack by misusing passports, would M6 have allowed the terrorism to go forward in the name of preserving passport integrity? Of course not. The same is true of Spain with regard to the Madrid bombing and to every other country in the world that seeks to prevent terrorism. Well, if the Mossad did in fact kill al-Mabhouh, they too did it to prevent the killing of their innocent civilians.

The Israelis are always accused by their enemies, and sometimes even by their friends, of taking “disproportionate” action to stop terrorists. But what could be more proportionate than a carefully planned and specifically targeted attack on an admitted terrorist who boasted of being an active combatant? Whoops! I guess I forgot about those darn passports. That must be the disproportionate action complained about. Saving innocent lives, on the one hand—misusing passports on the other. I guess the right moral resolution, according to some foreign ministries, is to let innocent victims die—at least as long as its only Israeli victims.

It’s interesting, and disturbing, that more criticism is being directed against Israel for allegedly using stolen passports than for allegedly killing a terrorist. That’s because no western country wants to appear to be sympathetic to a terrorist. The “victims” of passport fraud are innocent civilians, but the injury they have suffered pales in comparison to the injuries—deaths—prevented by the well-deserved death of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh.

If the deaths of a small number of innocent civilians is deemed “proportional” to the killing of a terrorist combatant, than surely the discomfort of a small number of innocent victims of passport fraud is proportional.

The high dudgeon expressed by foreign ministries over stolen passports is worse than hypocritical. It undercuts the war against terrorism.

There ought to be concern, among western democracies, about how easy it is to use forged or stolen passports. Dubai should be conducting an investigation, but the focus should be on how simple it was for those carrying these phony passports to get into their country. The misuse of passports is, after all, a primary tool used by terrorists to smuggle themselves into western countries, from which they can engage in worldwide terrorism. There are thousands of forged and fraudulent British passports circulating around the world today. Many are in the hands of terrorists. That should be the focus of any investigation, not the occasional and controlled misuse of passports by western intelligence agencies to combat terrorism.

Whoever snuck into Dubai using fake passports may have done that country a service in warning them to tighten up their passport procedures. Next time it may be a terrorist who tries to enter the country. Wait! Isn’t that exactly what happened when al-Mabhouh walked through security using a real passport with his real name? I guess in Dubai you don’t have to use a fake passport if you’re a terrorist, but you do if you’re trying to stop terrorists—at least if the terrorism is directed only against Israel. I guess Dubai is less concerned about letting terrorists into their country with real passports than in letting those who would stop terrorism into their country with fake passports. It’s a topsy-turvy world out there.


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1 posted on 03/04/2010 4:33:23 AM PST by SJackson
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2 posted on 03/04/2010 4:44:31 AM PST by SJackson (In wine there is wisdom, In beer there is freedom, In water there is bacteria.)
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To: SJackson

Hey, he was just a Hamas terrorist that killed Jooooooooooos 9-to-5. And he just wanted a peaceful vacation in Dubai.

Didn’t the Mossad realize he was off the clock while on vacation?

Did he get his 72 virgins?


3 posted on 03/04/2010 4:48:30 AM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, John 11:25, 14:6, 1 Tim 2:5, John 3:17-18, John 20:31, 1 John 5:13, John 6:69)
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To: SJackson
Problem is Dershowitz is complaining about his fellow travelers and his complaints ring as “ hollow and smack of blatant hypocrisy “.
4 posted on 03/04/2010 5:14:51 AM PST by sausageseller (If you want to cut your own throat, don't come to me for a bandage. M, Thatcher)
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To: SJackson

My belief is that the countries crying “foul” over the use of their passports are only doing so as a ‘CYA’ to try to prevent a terrorist attack from the muzzies. In reality, who doesn’t think the world is a much better place now that that terrorist has been taken out?


5 posted on 03/04/2010 5:58:35 AM PST by The Sons of Liberty (When 0bama Fails, Freedom Prevails - FUBO! Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin)
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To: SJackson

When you catch a spy, take hinm out back and shoot him. No announcement, no nothing; he just disappears from the face of the earth.


6 posted on 03/04/2010 6:00:57 AM PST by JimRed ("Hey, hey, Teddy K., hot enough down there today?" TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: The Sons of Liberty

My opinion is that they are crying too loud. The Mossad could have done this, but it really isn’t their style using so many people. IMO this guy would have waken up with his throat cut if it were them. The reason why they are staying silent is because they are smart and want to keep ‘em guessing.


7 posted on 03/04/2010 6:57:30 AM PST by gr8eman (Everybody is a rocket scientist...until launch day!)
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I’ve never been convinced it was the Mossad. To me, it just seems to have too many loose end for it to have been a Mosad operation, but who knows, maybe it was OJT. Every country / group has operatives, and it could’ve been anyone.


8 posted on 03/04/2010 7:34:47 AM PST by The Sons of Liberty (When 0bama Fails, Freedom Prevails - FUBO! Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin)
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To: SJackson

Dershowitz should have attacked the hypocrisy that no one has mentioned that Mabhouh had 5 passports.


9 posted on 03/04/2010 11:30:58 AM PST by dervish (I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself)
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To: SJackson

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10 posted on 03/04/2010 11:38:01 AM PST by Just mythoughts
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It deosn’t seem like they’d do this. Their methods are more in the Gerald Bull style of assasination: No witnesses, no evidence. This hit was so sloppy, I’d expect that Dubai did it.


11 posted on 03/04/2010 12:45:54 PM PST by sig226 (Bring back Jimmy Carter!)
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Whoever snuck into Dubai using fake passports may have done that country a service in warning them to tighten up their passport procedures. Next time it may be a terrorist who tries to enter the country. Wait! Isn't that exactly what happened when al-Mabhouh walked through security using a real passport with his real name?
/bingo

When Mossad actually does an assassination, it should use the five passports al-Boobjob was using, just to squirt lemon juice in the eye of Dubai. Dubai's Eye.

Thanks SJackson.
12 posted on 03/04/2010 4:11:07 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Freedom is Priceless.)
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