Hi readers. There’s no way of knowing whether that other “American” being held and threatened with beheading is actually an American, or merely an Israeli hiding behind dual US/Israeli citizenship papers. Touring the Arab countries gathering data and information for the Mossad. Identifying targets for Israeli air strikes.
There’s no way we US citizens can know. And there’s no way the people prone to having their families wiped out as collateral damage from Israeli airstrikes can know, either. So maybe they chose to err on the safe side. And maybe they’ll err on the safe side again with Steven Sottloff, same as Israel’s done more than a thousand times during the past few weeks in Gaza. Innocent civilians aren’t all Israeli Zionists. Some of them might be Americans. Others of them might be of ambiguous and questionable loyalties.
Struggle for Egypt
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Esraa Abdel Fattah slides her heavy frame between the tables crowded around Cairo’s Tahrir Square, where Egyptians gather for a communal meal to break their fast during the holy month of Ramadan. Women momentarily forget their trays of overly buttered rice and greasy chicken to rise and salute the 35-year-old activist. “You are my hero!” yells a young female student, smacking her head into Abdel Fattah’s thick chest.
The meal was scheduled to be a celebration of the successful campaign that toppled president Mohamed Morsi. But Abdel Fattah is the star attraction. Her determination and vision helped outmaneuver the Muslim Brotherhood, a movement known for its street-mobilization prowess. But for all her joy and passion, Abdel Fattah shyly shrugs off the praise all were eager to confer. “It is the Egyptian people who are the real heroes,” she says.
Certainly it would be safer for all us US citizens of single country loyalties and citizenship if they’d force dual citizenship Israelis to identify themselves with the country owning their primary loyalty. Israel. No contest. Which is why they’re forever being caught inside the US selling US secrets to Mossad. How’d we manage to get a head of Homeland Security who was an Israeli citizen? A Supreme Court Jurist? A dozen US Senators?
I don’t know about you readers, but this entire issue has sneaked up on me. There’s something in the Pledge of Allegience about all that. I never knew people could be accepted for US citizenship without at least lying to claim loyalty before becoming spies and traitors.