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A Terrorist is dead – Quit your kvetching!

February 25, 2010 – 3:52 pm28 Comments

Galus Australis resident Zaide goes nutmeg in response to the following letter.

Dear Izzy,

Recently I discovered that a forgery of my passport was used in a mission to assassinate some terrorist in Dubai.  And now I don’t think I can go on a holiday to Dubai to check out that indoor ski centre – yes, I know it must use up obscene amounts of energy, but the novelty aspect of snow-skiing where the outside temperate is 45 degrees C is just too compelling to resist. But now, I feel all this has been taken away from me, my whole identity has been stolen, and as I write this you should know that I am in tears, bawling my eyes out. Oh Izzy, I don’t know what to do, I don’t know what to do…
Faithfully yours,

Johnny Fontane (named changed by editors to protect privacy).

So Johnny,

You want to know what you can do.  To quote a well known Italian gentleman I am acquainted with: YOU CAN ACT LIKE A MAN!  What’s the matter with you? Is this what you’ve become, a Hollywood finocchio who cries like a woman? “Oh, what do I do? What do I do?” What is that nonsense? Ridiculous!

But I don’t want to pick on you Johnny.  All you passport holders – Stop your whining!  These field agents put their lives on the line to take out an arch terrorist who would still be plotting to kill innocent civilians today, and you’re worried that now you can’t go on a shopping spree to that farshtunkeneh Dubai.

At least not all of you passport holders are whining.  Yasher Koach to you sir, Philip Carr, and everyone else displaying your seychel.

And while I’m on the topic of needless kvetching…

Governments, stop your whining! A mass murderer has been assassinated – nothing to cry about here. Even Mr Goldstone is in favour of assassinating terrorists.  To quote Ms Livni: “What was disproportionate this time? Was there a disproportionate use of passports?”

Incidentally, Ms Livni is a shayneh maydel, but I understand that there is at least one shmendrik out there who doesn’t know this.

And particularly you, Mr Rudd, one day you are announcing the most extensive counter-terrorism policy in Australia’s history, and then a few days later you have your Mr Smith getting precious about a few forged passports. Fair chapp of the chreyn jar! Imagine for a moment that a few forged passports could have prevented the Bali bombing. What do you have to say then Mr Rudd and Mr Smith? You should both be ashamed of yourselves.

And finally, you mavens in the Media – where’s your critical thinking? Maybe you shouldn’t take everything Dubai police have to say at face value – the list of suspects is now up to 26.  It only takes 11 football players to win a World Cup final, yet it apparently takes 26 agents to travel to Dubai to assassinate one terrorist?  I doubt it!  And maybe you should be asking the Dubai police this: what nationality passport was Mr al-Mabuh travelling on?  Why were you allowing this man to go about his business in your farshtunkeneh city?

OK readers, I am getting a little bit too worked up here.  I better take a lie down.  Discuss amongst yourselves!

All questions to Izzy should be emailed to Izzy AT GalusAustralis.com

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  • ariel says:

    your final paragraph beginning “And finally…” says it all.

    it’s quite clear that the Dubai authorities were in on this from the start and also that mossad (or even the NZ intelligence agencies) don’t need 30 people to kill one unarmed mass murderer while he’s chappen a schluf in his luxury hotel room.

    more likely the british are invovled (how could someone access so many british passports with biometric data without it being an inside job?)

  • frosh says:

    Hi Ariel,

    Excellent article you have linked to. 

    Given Israel’s sensible “neither confirm nor deny” policy, the Dubai police can say whatever rubbish they like.  

    Unfortunately, there is a sea of idiots in both the media and various goverments who are largely swallowing this stuff whole.  This sort of critical analysis in the article you have linked to is a refreshing change.

  • Larry Stillman says:

    I don’t find this particularly amusing.
    Uri Avnery has a blog post on the Dubai hit-squad/fake passports scandal, in which he says

    “The Dubai affair is reinforcing the image of Israel as a bully state, a rogue nation that treats world public opinion with contempt, a country that conducts gang warfare, that sends mafia-like death squads abroad, a pariah nation to be avoided by right-minded people.”

    Avnery’s whole piece is blistering reading  about the Mossad as a loose cannon. See http://www.avnery-news.co.il/english/index.html.
    Of course,  the morality of extra-judicial killings is an extraordinarily difficult one. Who would not have wanted to get rid of Hitler? Are these jerks in the same category?
    Thus, the hard question for Israel is; do such killings bring about a resolution of the conflict? In the long term, have they stopped terror and mutually-reinforcing violence. The answer is no. If anything, they only reinforce hard lines on either side and create only more terrorism, increased perception of Israel as  pariah, and more opportunities for Ahmadinejad to rant and rave. For all the people who have been knocked off by Israel, others have come forward.  The policy serves to justify attempts at assassination of Israelis, arrests for war-crimes etc.   

    Combine this with Israel pinching other people’s passports (including Australia), and Israel really alienates it friends, particularly because while on the one hand, claiming to be a country that behaves legally, it cocks a snoot at other countries and takes advantage of them.
    Thus, the situation is not one to be particularly proud of.

  • frosh says:


    Anyone who has worked in a large organisation would understand that if key people (with certain expertise) are taken out of that organisation, it creates a set back in the ability to deliver outcomes. That’s how it is where I work, and I see no reason why it would be different for any other large organisation, whether or not that orgnanisation is a terrorist entity.

    Oh, and as for alienating firends; real friends won’t mind if you borrow their phone or their car to save the life of a family member. Likewise….

  • ariel says:

    Avnery’s comments are irrelevant because Mossad probably didn’t do it
    Look at the passport photos released: virtually every one of them is out of focus or on an angle. this is illegal and any 18 yr old customs clerk could spot a fake like that from a mile away.
    The entire operation was carried out probably by Hamas and Iran with the aid of others. How could Israeli agents flee to Iran after the hit as reported today?

  • frosh says:

    The UK has now apologised.  This is a fantastic piece of satire. Click here.

    However — after 68 years of deliberation — the British government has come to its senses and has realized that simply because Heydrich was a leading member of the Nazi elite that was on a publicly-declared mission to kill every Jew on the planet – (about 17 million in 1940) this was no excuse to have used the names of a dozen innocent people on fake passports that could have taken the victims UP TO THREE WEEKS TO REPLACE!

  • Chaim says:

    Larry: Your response was so predictable. Despite your offerings I have yet to see a positive response to any position or action by the Israeli government except concessions.
    Self defense or killing a rodef in halacha is a perfectly acceptable moral and legal position. His past actions plus his current aspirations make him someone who is out to destroy Israel and me. True he may not have been doing anything specific at that given moment but then again what do we know – maybe he was or just ten minutes later.
    I am sure some of you friends can organize you to have tea with hamas in Syria and come up with  an equitable  mutual peace process.
    Note he had no bodyguards and the UAE had no idea he was even in the country (frosh’s false passport point)  which makes me a layman think he was double dealing  or was on one  kinky (possible homosexual or maybe pedophile; each to his own) sex trip!
    Also 26 people and counting to kill one man by Mossad (and an operation like this needs PM approval i.e. not really a loose cannon)!! I think some other foreign spies (US, UK, Russian etc) just got burnt also using fake passports. But yet it is always easier to blame Israel to deflect blame.
    Noe: no one is screaming against targeted killings in Afghanistan and there is no proposed Goldstone report being prepared in that or the Iraq war… Hypocrisy?

  • The fact that more and more passports from more and more countries are coming out of the woodwork makes this story seem … more and more absurd! As others have said – a team of 30 for an assassination of one unarmed man is overkill. Perhaps some Mossad retirees should step forward and tell us how many people it really needs to mount an operation like this?

    The way the press has already judged Israel as guilty based on these accusations is a disgrace. The civil libertarians are all going crazy over some alleged passport fraud, but all of those principles fall away when it comes to accusing Israel of wrongdoing in removing a genuine threat to the safety of its own citizens. Talk about double standards!

  • Chaim says:

    Maybe it was an international spy convention on how to kill a terrorist and get out without being caught..

  • Sam says:

    Two days ago Kevin Rudd goes on the offensive on national TV regarding Australian passport forgery and identity theft making strong inferences that the Israelis were likely to be the culprits.
    Today he has attempted to defuse that botched home insulation scandal that refuses to go away by a gentle slap on the wrist of the responsible minister Peter Garrett.
    If Rudd was trying to build up his credentials as a strong and responsible PM by his speeches on the Dubai affair, to draw attention away from his environment minister, then this is likely to also backfire eventually when the truth comes out.
    Even better entertainment is the full page piece by Nick Butterly in Saturdays West Australian newspaper entitled “The Murky World of Mossad”. It starts with the assertion that Mossad had made two previous assasination attempts on al- Mabhouh.
    But this time they decided that they would leave little to chance after the previous poisoning attempt in Beirut 6 months ago. At least 26 people are believed to be involved, (you have to laugh) this time just give an electric shock and then suffocation by smothering. Pretty impresive hotel room for all those operatives to fit in.
    Anyway near the end Butterly says that the Dubai police state that the chance of Mossad involvement is 99%. Those odds sound overwhelming to me.

  • Chaim says:

    The real issue is the free reign of terrorists in Dubai. If they spent this much time and resources chasing terrorists as they have chasing the assassins the world would be a better place. Instead they said if they has known he was there they would have provided him protection and security!!!!

  • jmd says:

    Thank you for this!
    I recently also wrote my disgust at the Aus. Gvnment’s proclamation on my blog.
    It simply smacks of political opportunism and an underlying anti-semitic tendency. In addition, there’s a real concern that the government is working on a presumption of guilt, and placing greater emphasis on the integrity of documents over and above the integrity of Aus. citizens, as evidenced by their silence of the imprisonment and state-killings of Schapelle Corby and the Bali-9 (amongst others).

  • frosh says:

    Dubai: Israeli arrivals to be detected by looks

    He did not explain what procedures would be used to identify the Israeli visitors, except that the police will “develop skills” to recognize Israelis by “physical features and the way they speak.”

    How can anyone take these Dubai Police clowns seriously?

  • Sven Golding says:

    Umain! i’m with you padre. all these fekakte punks can eat cuck. you too julie szego. not that i read you’re article. oops.

  • Izzy says:

    Oi ya broch!

    I received a call from my shvester in Eretz Yisroel.  It seems my niece was hit by a big speeding four-wheel drive while riding her bicycle.  Like there aren’t enough meshuganas on the roads over there already! It turns out they were Australian Federal Police! It’s all over the news. And the crazy hilerets didn’t even stop! What kind of mishagoyim hit a cyclist and then don’t even stop to see if she’s ok?  I tell you, I don’t know what this world is coming to! 
    Anyway, kinenyahora, she’s not too badly hurt, but her bicycle has been badly damaged, and it’s going to cost her a fair bit to get it fixed it up too.
    And let me tell you another thing – these four wheel drives are not safe for the kinderlach – they should outlaw them from our cities.

  • frosh says:

    Interesting to hear the following on ABC’s AM program this morning.

    The story beings as such:

    For years Indonesian police have pursued the people behind the 2002 Bali bombing and this morning there are reports they’ve shot and killed one of the key terrorists involved just outside Jakarta.

    It seems it is ok for the  ABC to classify someone as a terrorist, it just depends on whose terrorist it is. 

    Furthermore, nowhere is the action of the Indonesian police referred to as a murder; not even a mention of that word extrajudicial

    Contrast this with the reporting of the demise of al-Mabuh, even before the passport ‘scandal’ came to light.

  • ariel says:

    frosh, you’re preaching to the converted.
    Please write an open letter to ABC

  • frosh says:

    Hi Ariel,

    That may be the case with yourself, but plenty of our regular correspondents think differently.

    Furthermore, I am more interested in documenting and examining a phenomenon, rather than changing it. Most gross double standards reflect a severe lack of introspection on the part of those who make them.

  • WG says:

    Killing someone in context – from your linked abc news article:
    “television pictures are showing a man, uh, lying dead, holding a revolver”
    “Seventeen people have been arrested here and it seems that some of those people have given evidence that’s led police to this man that they’ve killed in Jakarta. ”

    These policeman were trying to arrest the man.  He was shot in a firefight.

    Mossad injected their target with a muscle relaxant and suffocated him while he was defenceless.  How about bringing him to justice.  They were able to get more than 20 agents out of the country without getting caught.  Just because the man is guilty of murder does not justify murder.  Or are all religious people pro murder?
    Those people and their families who had their ID’s forged could now be in danger from reprisals.  Do you have no regards for anyones lives????

  • Justice says:


    Those people and their families who had their ID’s forged could now be in danger from reprisals.

    You are an idiot. They are at no risk.
    Justice? Murder?
    He got what he deserved maybe even less.

  • WG says:

    “You are an idiot. They are at no risk.”

    If the man was bought to court.  His history and his motivations would have been investigated in the court room.  Thus we could learn more about how stop violence from begetting more violence.  The court room is not just solely for dishing out punishments.  It is to learn from the mistakes made by others.  So I am sorry, but you are the one who wishes to remain the idiot, because idiots have no capacity to learn.  Your solution of violence is why there is still violence in the world.  Your assumption that those families of forged ID’s are at no risk is absurd.  What do you say when someone is killed in a reprisal attack, “Oh well”.  You are trivialising peoples lives.

  • frosh says:


    How on earth would he have been brought to court?   The Dubai police/govt were certainly not going to do this.

    So please, explain the logistics for all of us.

  • Justice says:

    WG: again showing your ignorance.
    His history and his motivations are well known and publicized. He is a known terrorist given haven in Arab countries and allowed free reign under his and forged (as in this case) passports. Dubai have said they would have offered him protection and security if they had known he was there.
    Violence had a definite place in the world in the correct circumstances like this. You trivialize people lives by ignoring the risk from these people. Because of people like you 9/11 and other terrorist attacks continue to happen. I gladly would give my passport for  justice like this.

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