The headlines scream a story that looks for all the world like those dreadful Israelis boarded a ship that was on a humanitarian mission to poor beleaguered Gaza, and killed a bunch of good people for no reason (“Deadly Israeli Raid on Aid Flotilla Draws Condemnation”).
The voyage is symbolic because Israel routinely allows food, medical supplies, etc., into Gaza. Israel has invited the activists to dock at an Israeli port, where the cargo will be unloaded, searched, and then shipped into Gaza. But that, the flotilla’s organizers say, is a “ridiculous and offensive” suggestion…
Now, Israeli naval vessels are moving to intercept the flotilla. They will tell the ships that they must proceed to Ashdod harbor or else be boarded.
That’s how the incident began. And why was Israel being so mean? Could it perhaps have anything to do with the fact that “aid” workers and “humanitarian” efforts have been used countless times to smuggle munitions and assistance for terrorists to Gaza? Could it be that the Israelis have a right to be suspicious, that the blockade is a self-protective measure, and that the “aid” workers’ defiance of the search was suspicious if their aims were actually innocent?
When the boarding occurred, trouble ensued:
Israeli officials said that the ships would be taken to an Israeli port and that food, medical supplies and so on would be delivered to Gaza by a land route. But that isn’t what the activists wanted; their interest wasn’t in supplying Gaza, which is easily done, but in provoking a confrontation for propaganda purposes.
Last night they got their wish. When Israeli soldiers boarded the Turkish vessel Mavi Marmara…they were attacked with clubs and iron bars, and may have been shot at…The upshot was that the Israeli troops were authorized to fire in self-defense, and at least ten left-wing activists, mostly or entirely Turks, were killed. A number of activists and soldiers were also injured.
Defy, provoke, and become martyrs. Then watch the world buy your narrative and condemn the Israelis as fascist thugs.
In this case, President Obama (with whom I rarely agree) released a statement in which he actually said something correct. “[T]he president…expressed the importance of learning all the facts and circumstances around this morning’s tragic events as soon as possible.”
The facts as known so far? Even the Times grudgingly admits that a video released by the Israelis “of the early moments of the raid…seemed to support” the Israelis claim that they were attacked and fired back in self-defense:
The Israeli Defense Forces said the naval personnel boarding the largest of the six ships in the aid convoy met with “live fire and light weaponry including knives and clubs.” The naval forces then “employed riot dispersal means, including live fire,” the military said in a statement.
Greta Berlin, a leader of the pro-Palestinian Free Gaza Movement, speaking by telephone from Cyprus, rejected the military’s version.
“That is a lie,” she said…
Anyone want to guess which version most of the world will believe, exonerating video or no?
And here's the video---courtesy of You Tube:
Ah, those peaceful aid workers!]
[ADDENDUM II: Much more:
It is becoming ever more clear that Islamist terror attacks like this are fiendishly staged theatrical events in which the western media – and beyond them, western governments -- play an absolutely essential role in the drama. If those media and governments refused to swallow the lies and instead called operations like this and the players behind it for what they actually are, such terrorist operations would not happen. The Islamist strategy of war against Israel is carefully calibrated to deploy the most effective weapon in its armoury in the cause of jihadi violence – the western media. Right on cue, western governments accordingly deliver their own script in condemning the victims of terror for defending themselves. And so, courtesy of the west’s fifth columnists, yet another nail is driven into the west’s own coffin.]