18 June 2007

The Allah according to Dagmoush

The so called Army Of Islam, which in reality is just an elite group of Gazan businessmen (According to The Times, the Army of Islam is an offshoot of the powerful Dagmoush clan, which is renowned for extortion, smuggling, arms dealing and the ruthless dispatch of rivals, and has been dubbed the “Sopranos of Gaza City) has an interesting view on the ways to get on the good side of their deity.

A shadowy group holding a British correspondent for three months threatened on Sunday to kill him, in a video broadcast by the Al-Jazeera satellite TV channel. A spokesman for The Army of Islam, identified as Abu Khattab, told Al-Jazeera that there was no deal to release BBC correspondent Alan Johnston, and “If the situation gets more complicated concerning us and our group, then we will ingrate ourselves to Allah by slaying this journalist.”
Of course, that "ingrate" shall remain on the consciousness (yeah, right...) of AP or Ynet, but there is no difficulty to get the drift, is there? Allah the compassionate, apparently, is easily "ingrated" by a slaying or too. I believe he is happy as a clam with the latest goings-on is Gaza too...

Meanwhile, as an idle observation: the whole business around Alan Johnston, with Hamas issuing unspecified threats in the general direction of the kidnappers and the kidnappers, who are just another offshoot of the said Hamas, returning their threats, somehow reminds me that scene from the Blazing Saddles, where sheriff Bart threatens to shoot sheriff Bart, unless...

Unfortunately, there is a nuance - an innocent journalist's life is involved. But, as mentioned above, slaying him will only "ingrate" Hamas A and Hamas B with Allah...

Cross-posted on Yourish.com.