We should not automatically assume that the Israeli Mossad was behind the death of Hamas operative Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai. Several governments, Egypt and Jordan to name two, and rival terrorist organizations such as Fatah had ample reasons to welcome his demise and any one of them could have murdered him and let Israel take the blame. Like many other things in the byzantine world of Middle East politics we’ll probably never know for sure. Nevertheless, leaping to conclusions may be exactly what the actual killers want us to do and it is a trap that must be avoided if we are to consider the situation objectively and knowledgeably.
Some things we do know however.
Mahmoud al-Mabhouh was a long time terrorist who was directly or indirectly responsible for the deaths of hundreds if not thousands of people. He was in Dubai to purchase illicit weapons from Iran and then send them on to Hamas in Gaza. These weapons would have been used to maim and slaughter Israelis and to intimidate and silence Hamas opponents in Gaza and elsewhere. You can’t get much more illegal, or immoral, than that.
Whoever got rid of him did us all a favor. If it was the Mossad, they were more than justified and the real responsibility should be placed on the Arab and Muslim world and its apologists who make actions like this necessary in the first place. The central issue in this affair after all is not the use of forged documents as so much of the media has made it out to be. It is the Arab and Muslim worlds commitment to Israels destruction and the entirely negative effect this has on Palestinians, among many others.