The Dubai passport affair has been the topic of interest in this blog over several days – not just because of the twists and turns or the Australian passport involvement or the mealy response of Rudd / Smith. Also not because of the expected double standards and hypocrisy shown by the Israel-bashers.
No, in part it has been an eye-opener because it has been gratifying to see clear and forthright comments emerge from a variety of sources, often non-Jewish, rejecting the handringing anti-Israel bromides from many in the Western press and governments.
On excellent example is the article by Paul Howes, National Secretary of the Australian Workers Union. In his article in the 7th March edition of the Daily Telegraph Dubai killing strikes blow for decency, Howes strikes some telling blows of his own – “Some journalists and commentators have taken to referring to al-Mabhouh as a “Palestinian militant” implying therefore, that he, and indeed Hamas, as a whole are some kind of national liberation movement – not unlike Fretilin in East Timor or the American revolutionaries of 1776. It’s unfortunate that so few of them seem to have sat down and read Hamas’ own weird, extreme conspiracy theory, fascist racist charter.
Amongst other things, the charter repeatedly names the Freemasons, Lions and Rotary clubs as Zionist fronts, saying that all are actually spying outfits using Jewish money to take control of the world and make movies and create other PR events to, amongst other things, undermine the morality of the good Muslim woman! So categorising al-Mabhouh and Hamas as “militants” or “national liberation fighters” is not just plain wrong, it provides a cover for Hamas to hide the reality of this ugly Islamo-fascist terrorist organisation under the cloak of international law….
Howes continues ” Some have argued that if Israel has illegally used Australian passports, this is not the action of a friend. Maybe. But in my view, friends stand by each other in the good times and the bad, and a friend is someone who lends a hand when the going gets tough. That’s why I’m proud that our nation has played a small, and accidental role, in the removal of the terrorist al-Mabhouh from our planet.”
All in all, Howes tells it like it is – and its uplifting to hear this from the Secretary of the Australia Workers Union.
And then what about the excellent article the day before in the Australian from Andrew Roberts. In the article, entitled Israel; victim of double standards after slaying, the English historian reminds us that – “When Britain was at war, Winston Churchill sanctioned the assassination by its Special Operations Executive of the SS General Reinhard Heydrich, the capture (and killing if necessary) of General Heinrich Kreipe on Crete; ditto Erwin Rommel. Just as with some Mossad operations, such as the disaster in Amman in 1997 when agents were captured after failing to kill Khaled Meshal of Hamas, not all Churchill’s hits were successful. But the British state was not de-legitimised in any way as a result.
The intelligence agents of states sometimes operating with direct authority, sometimes not, have carried out many assassinations and assassination attempts in peacetime without the legitimacy of those states being called into question, or their being described as “rogue”. In 1985 the French Deuxieme Bureau sank Greenpeace’s Rainbow Warrior trawler, killing photographer Fernando Pereira, without anyone denouncing France as a rogue state. Similarly, in 2006, polonium 210 was used to murder Alexander Litvinenko without Putin’s Russia being described as “illegitimate”. That kind of language is only reserved for Israel, even though neither Pereira nor Litvinenko posed the danger to French and Russian citizens that was posed to Israelis by the activities of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh.”
Roberts clearly points out the double standards inherent in the criticism of Israel….
So key articles in the Sydney Daily Telegraph and the Australian get it. Two out of three aint bad!