The Ghost of Snapped Shot

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Okay, Now it's Official...

We've definitely got something interesting going on here.

A Palestinian man walks past the wreckage of a car after it exploded killing two Palestinian militants in the West Bank city of Nablus, late Wednesday, May 30, 2007. Two Palestinians traveling in a car in the northern West Bank were killed in an explosion Wednesday night, Palestinian security officials said, adding that the cause of the blast was not known. The violent Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades group, linked to the Fatah organization, said the two men were its militants and blamed Israel for the incident, but the Israeli army said it had no report of any military activity in the area. (AP Photo/Nasser Ishtayeh)


Theory #1: The simplest (and most likely) explanation is that the IDF is taking active efforts right now to eradicate Al-Aqsa. Considering that, of all of the thugs in the Territories, Al-Aqsa is the most brutal, this is completely understandable, and I congratulate my comrades in the Forces for their gallant efforts!

Theory #2: A less likely explanation (but still plausable, due to the tendency of the locals to Blame Israel First) is that the genuine Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades is going around wiping out members who formed a splinter group. I can imagine that the genuine thugs, upon hearing their former associates describe them as being "unethical," would naturally take umbrage and handle things "Mafia style." Any reasoned observer understands full well by now that that's the only way business gets done under the "Palestinian Authority."

Theory #3: The remotest possibility I can think of is that Hamas is making efforts to combat Fatah, by wiping out Fatah's most active "wing," and then planting evidence "suggesting" that Israel was responsible. I don't think this is the case, but I'll present it here anyway, just in case there's some shred of truth to it.

[Update: Upon further reflection, I'd say that Theory #2 is the most plausible. The IDF doesn't generally take any action without at least letting their Public Affairs office know about it first... which in and of itself is a very telling commentary on the handicap placed upon itself and other Western militaries by many of the "Open Government" policies which are so popular today. But I digress...]

So, to wrap up, in the past few days, we have had a new terror group formed. Less than twelve hours later, its leader is "murderated." The very next day, another Al-Aqsa member (by this time the press has completely forgotten about "Abu Ammar") is gunned down in a cafe by "The IDF," which could be true, or could be the locals' traditional Jew-Blaming. I didn't report on that incident, since it didn't seem to be connected at the time. And just now, a group of Al-Aqsa terrorists just happen to "exploderate" whilst "Driving While Jihadi."

This is truly turning out to be a fascinating week for Al-Aqsa. In the best possible sense of the word. To whomever is doing this:—Please keep up the great work! Any efforts to "thin the Thugocrat herd" are commendable, and my hat is certainly off to you for your efforts!

I'll miss the dopey-looking idiots, but the world is definitely better off without them.

Update: The obligatory crocodile tears can now be found beyond the fold.
Palestinian mourners carry the body of Mahmoud Fatayer, a members of al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, an armed wing of President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah movement, during his funeral in the West Bank city of Nablus May 31, 2007. Two Palestinians, one of them Fatayer, were killed and two were wounded when a car exploded in Nablus on Wednesday, witnesses and hospital officials said. The Israeli military said it knew of no Israeli action in Nablus at the time of the blast. REUTERS/Loay Abu Haykel (WEST BANK)


Palestinian mourners carry the bodies of Mahmoud Fatayer and Wajde Amude, members of al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, an armed wing of President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah movement, during their funeral in the West Bank city of Nablus May 31, 2007. Fatayer and Amude were killed and two Palestinians were wounded when a car exploded in Nablus on Wednesday, witnesses and hospital officials said. The Israeli military said it knew of no Israeli action in Nablus at the time of the blast. REUTERS/Loay Abu Haykel (WEST BANK)


Palestinian mourners carry the bodies of Mahmoud Fatayer and Wajde Amude, members of al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, an armed wing of President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah movement, during their funeral in the West Bank city of Nablus May 31, 2007. Fatayer and Amude were killed and two Palestinians were wounded when a car exploded in Nablus on Wednesday, witnesses and hospital officials said. The Israeli military said it knew of no Israeli action in Nablus at the time of the blast. REUTERS/Loay Abu Haykel ( WEST BANK )


A Palestinian mourner looks out of a window during the funeral for Mahmoud Fatayer and Wajde Amude, members of al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, an armed wing of President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah movement, in the West Bank city of Nablus May 31, 2007. Fatayer and Amude were killed and two Palestinians were wounded when a car exploded in Nablus on Wednesday, witnesses and hospital officials said. The Israeli military said it knew of no Israeli action in Nablus at the time of the blast. REUTERS/Loay Abu Haykel ( WEST BANK )


Notice the similarity of the next two shots--these photographers are standing right next to each other, at the exact same time:

Palestinian relatives of Mahmoud Fataier, 18, and Wajdi Amodi, 22, militants from the Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades group, linked to the Fatah movement, mourn during their funeral in the West Bank town of Nablus Thursday May 31, 2007. Fataier and Amodi , traveling in a car in the northern West Bank, were killed in an explosion Wednesday night, Palestinian security officials said, adding that the cause of the blast was not known. (AP Photo/Nasser Ishtayeh)


Palestinian relatives of Mahmoud Fataier, 18, and Wajdi Amodi, 22, militants from the Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades group, linked to the Fatah movement, mourn during their funeral in the West Bank town of Nablus Thursday May 31, 2007. Fataier and Amod, traveling in a car in the northern West Bank, were killed in an explosion Wednesday night, Palestinian security officials said, adding that the cause of the blast was not known. (AP Photo/Nasser Ishtayeh)


Palestinian relatives of Mahmoud Fataier, 18, and Wajdi Amodi, 22, militants from the Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades group, linked to the Fatah movement, mourn during their funeral in the West Bank town of Nablus Thursday May 31, 2007. Fataier and Amod, traveling in a car in the northern West Bank, were killed in an explosion Wednesday night, Palestinian security officials said, adding that the cause of the blast was not known. (AP Photo/Nasser Ishtayeh)


Palestinian mourners carry the bodies of Mahmoud Fataier, 18, and Wajdi Amodi, 22, militants from the Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, a group linked to the Fatah movement, during their funeral in the West Bank town of Nablus Thursday May 31, 2007. Fataier and Amod, traveling in a car in the northern West Bank, were killed in an explosion Wednesday night, Palestinian security officials said, adding that the cause of the blast was not known. (AP Photo/Nasser Ishtayeh)

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Comments:

#1 Sticky Notes 30-May-2007
Good one. Will be interesting to see how this develops.
#2 Cynic 31-May-2007
How about a simple, plain "work accident"?
Its happened before.
#3 Brian C. Ledbetter 31-May-2007
Cynic,

Good point—I'll consider that one Theory #5, because it certainly [b]does[/b] have a tendency to "happen" over there.

The timing is suspicious, though.

Regards,
Brian
#4 Brian C. Ledbetter 31-May-2007
(Or rather, make that Theory #4. Back to math class with me! Yarr!)

-B.
#5 daniel 01-Jun-2007
Working accidents happen quite a lot. I used to meet a lot of Palestinians without fingers, ears, or eyebrows.
#6 Brian C. Ledbetter 01-Jun-2007
No doubt! I'm not excluding that possibility.

:)

Regards,
Brian
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