Today’s incident between pro-Hamas “peace” protestors at sea and Israeli forces has been extensively covered in the blogosphere.
- Power Line coverage
- Instapundit coverage
- Mere Rhetoric
- Richard Fernandez
- Claudia Rosett
- Allison Kaplan Sommer
To me, the incident smells suspiciously like Israel walked into a carefully set trap calculated to create a PR disaster.The IDF has taken one wise preventative step against blood libels: filming all their operations. Below is some video showing just how “peaceful” the pro-Hamas “people” are:
Unfortunately, none are so blind as those who do not wish to see.
UPDATE: the boat meanwhile docked in the Israeli port of Ashdod. Five other boats in the convoy docked there as well. Richard Landes (of The Augean Stables) reports on PJTV. Netanyahu cancels meeting with 0bama, while the latter asked Netanyahu on the phone for ‘facts’.
William Jacobson: “Useful idiots condemn Israel“.
The left-wing blogosphere is full of useful idiots, who pretend that the flotilla which just was stopped by Israel was a humanitarian mission.
The flotilla was organized by the Islamist government in Turkey to aid Hamas with the goal of opening up shipping channels for Turkey’s new friend, Iran, to ship more and better weapons as it is doing to Hezbollah in Lebanon. Iran is busy turning Lebanon and Syria into one large missile launching pad against Israel, and a southern base in Gaza will complete the encirclement of Israel for the coming crisis over Iran’s nuclear program.
The Europeans on the ships were cover, and the placement of an 18-month old child on these ships was the utmost cynical use of a human shield.
If getting humanitarian supplies to Gaza really was the goal, this flotilla was not necessary. The supplies would have been off-loaded in Eqypt or Israel and then shipped in by land after being checked for hidden weapons.
And that is the rub, only sea-based shipping would provide Iran with the mechanism for almost unlimited armament of Hamas. There is a limit to the quantity and size of missiles and other armaments which can be smuggled through tunnels from Egypt. That is why the sea blockade must be broken for Iran to get what it wants.
But the useful idiots (no offense to idiots) in the left-wing blogosphere ignore this reality, and use the incident for their ultimate goal, which is the cut off of U.S. support for Israel.
Insty snarks that calling them ‘useful idiots’ is giving them too much credit.
UPDATE 3: Doug Ross punctures the “humanitarian” conceit and John Hawkins compares “right” and “left” blogosphere reactions. And Gateway Pundit connects the dots from the ‘Free Gaza activists’ to… Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn.
UPDATE 5: via Joel Leyden, here is more video of “peace activists” at work:
And from NRG (the internet arm of the Israeli mass circulation daily Maariv), via CAMERA, Martin Kramer, via SolBlog, this inspirational image of a “peace activist”: