Will anyone ever solve the Dubai whodunit? (UPDATED)
Okay, continued (you knew it would be!) with this quick UPDATE: The estimable Jeffrey Goldberg writes at The Atlantic: How Many Passports Do Hamas Men Need - reminding us of the nefarious (to put it mildly) activities of the late Mahmoud al-Mabhouh. But outdoing Goldberg, who is a terrific writer I read religiously, is, in this case, Sima Kadmon at Ynet. This was published all of thirteen hours ago, but somehow I missed it:
Almost a month has passed since the assassination of Hamas man Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai, and soon we shall find out that only three Israelis were not connected to this operation, and only because they happened to be sick with the swine flu at the time.Kadmon goes on to say this of Mossad chief George Smiley, excuse me, Meir Dagan:
However, the criticism expressed here is not directed at the people who carried out the operation, but rather, at the journalists and commentators who cover it. At junctions where there is no information or leaks and where reality is much greater than fiction, every commentator is king.
So let’s admit it: We have no idea how it works; we have no idea what was planned, who carried it out, and what exactly took place in Dubai. We have no idea why the photos of the operatives were exposed and what it means.
A great injustice had been done here mostly to Mossad Director Meir Dagan, said the man, who is also just another commentator. If everything Dagan did will be released for publication in 100 years, he said, everyone will have to rise from their graves, go over to Dagan’s grave, and ask for his forgiveness.
So that's my latest word, Scott.