Monday, May 31, 2010

Activism

News:
The latest developments on the overnight raid by Israeli commandos on the flotilla of Palestinian activists trying to break the blockade of Gaza to bring in relief supplies:

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08:53 ET: The death toll among the activists stands at 10, though it is believed to be higher.
So...who's up for Talk Like a Pirate Day?

The TPM link is still updating as of 10:25am PST. Videos included.

22 comments:

mikey said...

Perhaps Bibi just doesn't understand that the idea is to try real hard NOT to become a pariah state.

Its well past time to start updating our trusty list of "Rogue Nations". And our much shorter list of "Rogue Nations that actually DO have WMD"...

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Some people think Americans should pick their congresscritters based on how much they love AIPAC and the Likud. (See comments re: Winograd - Harman)
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mikey said...

Here's the thing. The apologists will say the killings were justified because the people on the ships attacked the Israeli commandos as they boarded. But the assault was in international waters. The same apologists explain the crimes documented in the Goldstone report by insisting that "Israel has the right to defend itself". If that's the case, the people on ships being forcefully boarded in international waters certainly have the same right.

At some point the entire tottering structure of double-standards and special pleading HAS to collapse...

Substance McGravitas said...

There was a time when the US flew supplies to a surrounded population.

Gee that was swell.

J— said...

You all fail to grasp the gravity of the threat. Some of the people on the ferry were armed with both knives and sticks.

Substance McGravitas said...

Israeli video insists on a metal pole, surely an existential threat.

mikey said...

Well, to be fair I've done some righteous "work" with a metal pole.

Of course, not against special forces operators with guns. That could get you KILLED!

Substance McGravitas said...

WHAT IS OBAMA DOING TO FREE THE HOSTAGES FROM THE SOMAL- er ISRAELI PIRATES???

J— said...

A wise man once warned against discounting the significance of poles.

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Smut Clyde said...

Ah, so the official Israeli line has shifted from "The peace activists were heavily armed and shot first" to "They took our guns off us and started shooting back". Which could have happened -- this batch of activists sound to be more determined and less pushoverable than previous batches -- but it's equally likely that the commandos were excitable, shot one another, then went wild and shot everyone else.

Since the initial line was that the attack took place within Israel's territorial waters, before the spokesthings conceded that the locations of the ships were too well-known for that to stick, we have to accept that anything they say is a lie.

Another Kiwi said...

The highly trained, well armed Israeli naval commando is the Jew of Liberal Fascism.

J— said...

WHAT IS OBAMA DOING TO FREE THE HOSTAGES FROM THE SOMAL- er ISRAELI PIRATES???

No piracy if there's a letter of marque.

M. Bouffant said...

Damn you, J— & your petty legalisms!

mikey said...

Wholly CRAP!

Now there's talk that the Turkish Navy will escort a humanitarian convoy to Gaza. Can you spell "checkmate", Bibi?

It also appears that Turkey will go to NATO and invoke Article V (mutual self-defense). If NATO refuses, then NATO's dead. Tough choices in Washington and Brussels. Thanks, Bibi.

And from the "When you've lost Drezner, you've lost" file.

Dan Drezner is explicitly comparing Israel to North Korea. Anyone up for the Foreign Policy vs. AIPAC dustup? Don't forget that FP has Israel Lobby veteran superstar Stephen Walt on the roster.

In the annals of stupid, ill considered, counterproducte and self destructive decisions, this one's in the top 5....

Substance McGravitas said...

Now there's talk that the Turkish Navy will escort a humanitarian convoy to Gaza. Can you spell "checkmate", Bibi?

Good god. Hope that doesn't happen, but hey, I hope for lots of stuff.

Another Kiwi said...

By golly the Illuminati is doing it's best to take everyones minds off the Oil in the Gulf, eh?

Smut Clyde said...

Can you spell "checkmate"

"Checkmate" is a PERSIAN WORD sir, you Iran sympathiser.