By Way of Deception Themes

Victor Ostrovsky
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Power

One of the most dominant themes of the book is the power of the Mossad and this is Ostrovsky's reason for writing the book. According to the author, the Mossad basically does anything it wants whenever it wants. The head of the agency reports to the prime Minister, but there is no way the Prime Minister can control its activities, and this is the point that Ostrovsky wants to make. When the Mossad is asked to provide information to the Americans about kidnapped victims in Beirut, they are as uncooperative as they can be, refusing to provide the Americans with information that might have led to the rescue of the victims. They warned the Americans that there might be some form of action against them in Beirut, but didn't give them the information about the Mercedes truck that eventually bombed the American barracks, killing more than two hundred...

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