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The Sea is a choosy mistress. She takes the men that come to her and weighs them and measures them. The ones she adores, she keeps; the ones she hates, she destroys. The rest she casts back to land. I count myself among the adored, for I am Her willing Captive.

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Thursday, April 27, 2006

And He Was Carrying $450k in Cash Because....?

Palestinian Minister visits Kuwait and loses a BIG chunk of change.

Palestinian Foreign Minister Mahmoud al-Zahar has had $450,000 stolen from his hotel room during his current visit to Kuwait, the Itim news agency quoted the Kuwaiti media as saying Wednesday.

According to the report, al-Zahar had asked the Kuwaiti authorities to keep the theft under wraps, but the incident was confirmed by a security official at the hotel.

The foreign minister, a senior member of Hamas, is on a tour of Arab and Muslim countries to drum up funds after Israel suspended the transfer of tax revenues to the Palestinian Authority and Western donors cut off aid to the Hamas-led government.
Now, to ask the obvious question, why would he have $450k in cash in his hotel room? And why would he not want knowledge of the theft to become public?

I can think of two possible answers. Either he brought it with him to make untraceable payoffs to unidentified Kuwaitis, or he collected it under the table from people who've publicly said they won't support the Hamas-led PA. Either way, he was up to no good and we've got to watch the PA - and the Kuwaitis - closely.