Tuesday, February 2, 2010

The Mahmoud al-Mahbouh Death Circus

That's probably the best word to describe the hubbub surrounding the death of Hamas bigshot Mahmoud al-Mahbouh in Dubai last month.

The initial story coming from Hamas, as published by the Palestinian news agency Ma'an News hours after his death, ascribed it to terminal cancer.

About a week later (on or about January 29), we hear a new story from al-Mahbouh's brother, saying he died from a shock from an electric appliance that was held to his head. His brother, Fayed al-Mabhuh, said that test results from a Paris laboratory had confirmed this.

He of course, immediately blamed the Mossad, though without providing any evidence.

Two days later we hear in Britain's Sunday Times that he was injected with something.

The Sunday Times said the hit squad injected Mabhuh with a drug that induced a heart attack, photographed all the documents in his briefcase, and left a "do not disturb" sign on the door.

Again, Israel is generally blamed.

Today, we're hearing that it was probably asphyxiation with a pillow:

Post mortem examinations revealed signs of electrocution beneath both ears -presumably from a device used to stun Mabhouh, whose nose was bleeding and whose teeth showed signs of abrasion.

Pathologists determined the cause of death as asphyxiation, probably with a pillow found near the body and stained with blood.

This time, an Arab government is being blamed by Hamas.

What's next? I'm hoping they blame the Lizard People, myself.

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