Tuesday, September 16, 2008

A falling out between allies?

The deputy chief for exiled Hamas leader, Khaled Mashaal, has been executed in Syria reports the Jerusalem Post:
Hisham al-Labadani, bureau chief for Damascus-based Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal, was reportedly assassinated late last week in the western Syrian city of Homs. News of the assassination was reported by the Freedom Party of Syria, an American-based Syrian opposition group. According to the report, Labadani was dragged from his car in the middle of the day and shot dead.

The report said that news of the assassination was purposely kept quiet to prevent an escalation in tensions between two competing camps within the Syrian leadership - the camp that wants rapprochement with the West and the camp that supports a strengthening in Iranian-Syrian relations.

Hmmm, neither Israel, Zionists or Mossad is mentioned directly but there is this tidbit true to type at the end:
The assassination of Mashaal's bureau chief came just days after Syria reportedly warned Palestinian leaders based in Damascus of Israeli plans to assassinate them.

While I realize there is a distinct belief in Middle East political circles which sees a Mossad agent behind every tree and rock, I cannot imagine the Mossad agent who would openly drag anyone from their car and execute them in broad daylight in Syria. Car bomb, kidnapping on a quiet dark street, or a honey trap – yes. Public execution all up front and personal within Syria – no. There is only one group with the audacity to drag a Hamas leader from his car in broad daylight and publicly execute him – it is called the Syrian Secret Service. What is far more interesting, to all non-family members; is what message his death is meant to convey.

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