Avi Sasportas and Ilan Saadon, two Israeli soldiers that were murdered by al-Mabhouh
Although it is highly unlikely that it will ever be proven that the Israeli Mossad was responsible for assassinating Hamas commander Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in his luxury hotel room in Dubai, in the mind of the many observers there are few doubts.
The smooth and professional work of the Dubai police force in sequentially reconstructing CCTV footage of the operation, gave the public a rare and insightful glimpse into this murky world of international espionage and intrigue. I have never been more entertained and captivated by 30 minutes of CCTV footage than by watching the full length video of released material.
Dubai agencies circulated pictures of the agents to the media taken from their passports, and before long their faces were splashed all over newspaper front pages and TV screens around the world. It seems that their facial profiles were without any prominent features, deliberately non-descript and bland.
The Dubai authorities insisted that foreign countries whose passports where used by the agents to enter the country to thoroughly investigate the crime and bring the perpetrators to justice. They also added their names and photos to Interpol’s most wanted list.
Although the operation ruffled some feathers in the international diplomatic arena, the fury will certainly blow over soon. The reason for this is the significant amount of shared intelligence and co-dependency in the world of internationally operating national security agencies and Israel certainly has much to offer.
There is however another dimension to this episode that really appeals to our inner sense of justice in a surreal and utopian way, introducing us to a world were bad people are simply removed and we can go on living our lives without fear, bringing absoluteness and rectitude to our world of rampant moral relativity and confusion. It is the stuff of every Hollywood theme where the good guy takes matters into his own hands and administers justice as is fit. I have yet to see a plot where the hero takes the bad guy to court and provides him with a lawyer so that he can present his case and attempt to prove his innocence.
In the hugely popular TV show ‘Dexter’ the plot revolves around a family man who sidelines as an extrajudicial serial killer taking down those that have slipped through the holes in the justice system’s net.
Of course a civil and democratic society needs to have an absolute system of judgment, but there are exceptional instances that lie outside of the rule of law where responsible leaders will call upon their most dedicated soldiers to risk all and deliver the strong arm of redress where it is due.
Included in Mabhouh’s black resume of heinous crimes was the brutal kidnapping and murder of two young Israeli soldiers Avi Sasportas and Ilan Saadon. He was also actively working to secure weapons of mass terror and destruction that would indiscriminately murder and maim innocent people.
Terrorists of this kind have violated the social contract and forfeited their right to be protected by the law, let them be chased and hunted down like the filthy vermin that they are, and snuffed out wherever they are found. This story has highlighted the great shame that these noble activities do not appear to be a focal pursuit of many responsible countries around the world.
A window to a world of clear moral boundaries and guidelines, uncorrupted or swayed by political correctness, has been opened, and should act as inspiration for other countries and their governments that have not made the eradication of this vile activity a priority. In a just world those who carried out the execution of Mabhouh should be praised and their activities encouraged whatever the means used.
The Author is the director of the Algemeiner and the GJCF and can be e-mailed at firstname.lastname@example.org