I had blogged a week ago about the alleged murder of Hamas commander Mahmoud Al-Mabhouh in his room at the Al Bustan Rotana hotel in Dubai on January 19 2010 by Mossad agents. I had wondered why ‘infallible’ Mossad had allowed so many of its agents to take part in this operation, leaving their footprints (and pictures) all over the place. A recent Newsweek article suggests a possible answer. Apparently Mossad tried to make it look as if Al-Mabhoub died of natural causes. May be Mossad was so confident that no one would suspect murder that they didn’t worry about the security camera recordings. However, according to Newsweek Mossad’s assassins made their handiwork too perfect and ….. the rest is history.
This story just goes to show how quickly the IQ gap (or cleverness or smartness gap – call it what you will) between the Israelis and their Arab opponents is narrowing. In any event, the smartest military leader in the middle-east currently is the Hezbollah Chief Hassan Nasrallah.