Israel 'Flotilla' 'Terrorist' Attack: (VIDEOS)

by the Left Coast Rebel

A day off (nearly) from blogging and a huge story hits regarding Israel. The question tonight is this - did Israel provide an unprovoked attack on a peaceful flotilla bringing aid to Gaza as the left blogosphere is claiming?

As I sense a media/government complex useful idiot pile-on effort and can see with my own eyes, Israel's 'attack' on a 'peaceful' flotilla may be far more complicated than that. Either way, I desire not to be had by either side in a situation like this.

Here are a few videos that may shed light on whether or not Israel's attack on the so called 'peaceful' flotilla bound for Gaza. The first shows 'activists' throwing Israeli commandos overboard, among other things:

Another video from Sky News:

Hmm, weapons cache?:

I like what Donald Douglas says here:

Putting on my political scientist's cap, did Israeli officials really think through the international public relations backlash of a commando raid on a "humanitarian" mission to Gaza? Of course we know the flotilla was essentially an enemy landing party and Jerusalem is right in wanting to protect Israelis from hostile elements entering the country. But c'mon. As many as 19 killed? And who's going to get the black eye in public opinion? Noah Pollack argues that Israel anticipated a hostile international reaction, and therefore deployed the commandos without sufficient firepower to establish control:
American Power has a lot of great coverage in addition to the above as well.

I hope that this situation pans out without further bloodshed but highly doubt that will be the case. This post regarding the Turkish reaction should send chills down your spine. I see here that Netanyahu as well is defending Israel's actions and has cancelled a meeting with Obama.

I shudder to think just how the Obama White House will confront this issue as well. Will this be an 'Israel acted stupidly' moment from Obama?

Without the Beer Summit?

I shudder to think, knowing his proclivities.

UPDATED: Two regular readers check in on this in the comments below. Both with distinctly different opinions on the Israeli 'flotilla' news. Nick writes:
On the one hand, it's a complicated situation, but on the other hand, it seems like a pretty simple event to me. Israel has a blockade on Gaza, primarily due to it being run by a terrorist organization who is actively trying to wipe out the Jewish state. A pro-Palestinian group organized some ships to openly defy the blockade, and Israel blocked them as they unequivocally stated that they would (and there was some ancillary violence between them during the interdiction).

This was a good move on Israel's part, even with the predictable negative press and blow-back from terrorist-sympathetic countries (like the US currently). They can and should stand by the "we did exactly what we said we would do" stance, and not make apologies for carrying through with their stated response when tested, regardless of the condemnation: that's the only way to possibly prevent future hostilities and casualties through diplomacy (ie: the credible threat of action).
And John writes:
I don't really care what happens there... Although I feel all people should be able to exist in peace. The problem is how do we know what the truth is? Do we have any credible news or sources of information in our current times? I just want the US Govt to stop giving money to Israel.

4 comments:

  1. This is complex and as much as I think Israel was baited into this, they still took the bait and did it in international waters. Not a smart move on their part.

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  2. Chris - I agree and is essentially what Donald Douglas above said as well. I am leery of the leftist pile-on as well.

    Like you say, a very complicated issue - wait till you see what the markets do tomorrow!

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  3. On the one hand, it's a complicated situation, but on the other hand, it seems like a pretty simple event to me. Israel has a blockade on Gaza, primarily due to it being run by a terrorist organization who is actively trying to wipe out the Jewish state. A pro-Palestinian group organized some ships to openly defy the blockade, and Israel blocked them as they unequivocally stated that they would (and there was some ancillary violence between them during the interdiction).

    This was a good move on Israel's part, even with the predictable negative press and blow-back from terrorist-sympathetic countries (like the US currently). They can and should stand by the "we did exactly what we said we would do" stance, and not make apologies for carrying through with their stated response when tested, regardless of the condemnation: that's the only way to possibly prevent future hostilities and casualties through diplomacy (ie: the credible threat of action).

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  4. I don't really care what happens there... Although I feel all people should be able to exist in peace. The problem is how do we know what the truth is? Do we have any credible news or sources of information in our current times? I just want the US Govt to stop giving money to Israel.

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