Friday, September 07, 2007

Jilted at the Bunker?

Setting aside the many important questions we should be pondering, the one related to DNA testing is taking centre stage. A wonderful forensic tool to be sure, which allows to ascertain one’s identity with remarkable precision, from even the tiniest fragment.

But no matter what you recover, you still need something to compare against.

Absi’s Missing DNA

In Lebanon, everyone who knew Absi identified the body, but DNA tests did not confirm that. Before you start the manhunt, consider this question:

They were comparing against what?

They cannot take into account the wife’s DNA, unless they are related… Inbreeding could explain a lot, but it is not apparently the case.

Rather, they should use the daughter’s DNA, provided the mother did not shop around the gene pool. Considering human nature, this possibility cannot be discounted off hand, and could explain the lack of DNA confirmation... All very Lebanese, unfortunately.

However, to be really sure, it is better to compare his DNA with his mother’s, but since she is deceased, his siblings will do; regardless of “inbreeding avoidance strategies”, they all share the same mother.

Answers, Please…

Some signs are obvious, others less so…. Let us hope they get an answer pretty soon; it is time the Lebanese Armed Forces were “enabled” to get their man, as a prerequisite to us ditching bad habits and building a normal country worthy of the (poorly documented) ambitions of the country's founders.

In the meantime, many would be pondering…

Chi è il cornuto?

Ultime Notizie (Sept. 10, 2007):

Lebanese Prosecutor General Saeed Mirza just reported that Shaker al-Absi may have escaped Nahr El-Bared; DNA samples that did not match his daughter do not match his brother either... On the plus side, there is a little girl somewhere who's reassured as to who her real father is...

Not much of a reassurance to her, though...

...but you can't choose your parents...

or your (failed/failing?) motherland...

Ah, Miseria! Siamo I Cornuti...



3 comments:

ghassan karam said...

The following is a true story . Many such incidents are occuring rather regularly as a result of DNA testing.

A man and his wife immigrated from Ghana to the US. They worked for years in order to save enough money, buy a house and become US citizens. All the time they were sending money to support their two children in Ghana. When they applied to bring their children to the US they filled all the paper work and the father was asked to submit to a DNA test. They were devastated when the tests proved that none of the girls were his.

Moral of the story: Absi's daughter should have been spared the embarrassment.

Anonymous said...

They are cross referencing against his brother's DNA that was flown in from Jordan.

Anonymous said...

Hazbani pondering.
This just show you how modern science messed things up. In the old days he would have been declared dead. Property divided, wives maried to others, others would have taken his political-military position. Assuming some body would come in year or two, as it usd to occure often in past history, saying "I am he" it will not be an easy job becoming again what he was or was not. Not to talk only about sons and wife who will have to take back their old positions, even his inheritor in the political orgnization will tend to bump off this suspected person. NOT NOW, suddenly some SOB will appear from no place saying "Ya!! we all fooled the idiots" and no body will never know, as you have wisely said "how will we test?". Some thing to think about.