March 4, 2010
Countries Playing Host to Terrorists Open Their Doors to Violence
Execution or Assassination? It depends upon which side of the issues you stand. Execution, according to our little dictionary, is a state sanctioned taking of a life (usually) of a criminal.
An assassination (from the Arabic, hashshashin - Nizari agents of Syria during the eighth to 14th centuries - believed by some to have intoxicated themselves with hashish prior to "assassinating" their victims) is the clandestine taking of a life.
Almost any newspaper reported (as did The Associated Press early this month) that Mahmoud al-Mabhouh was killed on the 19th of January, 2010; in his Dubai hotel room. He and his "right hand man", Mohammad Nassar, fled Gaza in the late 1980's after capturing and killing two Israeli soldiers.
As members of Hamas, in fact, al-Mabhouh was reported as a Hamas leader, these individuals were terrorist members of an active terrorist group (according to no less that 27 countries). Nassar, his aide, further indicated that they were active in the clandestine sourcing of weapons for Hamas.
While nations such as UAE (United Arab Emirates), Syria, Iran and others welcome these known terrorists onto their soil, they must have expected that hosting terrorists is tantamount to condoning terrorism and, as such, would, potentially, draw the fire of those who take an active role in fighting terrorism.
Such actions as welcoming murderers must, invariably, invite subversive executions on their soil.
Al-Mabhouh was a dangerous, international criminal. If you host such criminals you must, reasonably, expect someone will try to kill them - on your soil as in any other location. Terrorists are violent individuals. Violence attracts violence and the end that al-Mabhouh met was entirely in keeping with the life he lead - dying in a foreign country as he committed murders, at will in homes that were not his.
So, what's the surprise? If you don't want criminals dying in your back yard, don't "welcome" them into your home.
Note: While I do not advocate/condone violence, the purpose of this little essay is merely to say, "What occured may, reasonably, have been expected under such circumstances."
The United States keeps a "kill list" and, according to Associated Press (May 23, 2010) added Yemeni - Anwar al-Awlaki to that list. France, on July 10, 1985, operating clandestinely on foreign soil, sank the Greenpeace ship, the Rainbow Warrior. By their own actions these two countries and the citizens of these nations (and others) who backed and continue to back such actions explicitly agree with my thesis. In the case of France, they go further than suggesting the hosting of those the world agrees are international murderers and terrorists may legitimately be executed on foreign soil. If the world wishes to complain about the execution of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh they need to look at France's actions (which went way beyond that of those that killed the terrorist al-Mabhouh) and the United States of America and must hold them in the same light.
May 23, 2010