The Gaza Freedom / Intifada Flotilla

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All of you progressive Asian Americas should well be outraged at the unprovoked violence and murder on the high seas commited by Israel against peace ships. I heard all I needed from media icon of 57 years Helen Thomas who just involuntarily “retired” after her viral Youtube video with “The jews should go back home to Germany and Poland”. She confronted Obama’s press secretary with “The initial reaction to the flotilla massacre, deliberate massacre, an international crime, was pitiful… What is this sacrosanct ironclad relationship where a country that deliberately kills people and boycotts every aid.. and abet the boycott?” Well it’s not hard to figure out what side she’s on, is it?

Thomas happens to be the daughter of Christian Arabs who were Lebanese immigrants, not that it colored her viewpoint at all. She’s listed by the Arab American Institute along with other famous Lebanese Americans such as Danny and Marlo “That Girl” Thomas, and Kasey “Scooby Doo” Casem. They aren’t noted for their anti-Israel statements, but Ralph Nader is another who is. Obama’s spin meisters at Media Matters attacked Glenn Beck for pointing out Jodie Evans from Code Pink was in Egypt to deliver “humanitarian aid” to support “Free Gasa” along wth Weather Underground terrorists Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn. Obama’s Arab supporters in Chicago are still smarting since Obama dumped them in favor of Jews who gave him much more money. But Jews are finally wondering about Obama’s commitment to Israel when Beck forgot to mention Barack Buddies like Rev. Jeremiah Wright and the disgraced Van Jones have also made famous statements about Israel as the Bad Guys.

The other group flaunting a dove in its crest is the Turkish IHH “Humanitarian Relief Fund”. They are a radical Islamic organization banned by Israel. They are led by Bülent Yildirim who gave a speech in Gaza highlighting unity with Muslim Turkey: “my Palestinian brothers, who are guarded by Allah and the angels – I wish we could …bring Istanbul here to be hit by the bombs instead of you.” Nice. The Danish Research Institute found many links to Al Queda and other global Jihad operatives. So they’re basically terrorists who run humanitarian aid as their day job.
Glenn Beck was reminded of the Rodney King beating video, except it was the “unarmed peace activists and aid workers who are of no threat to Israel” who were doing the beating. The IHH live video of the “attack” carried by al Jazeera clearly showed the commando … using his paintball gun as a shield to protect himself from a savage beating. A counter-terrorism blog illustrated the military critics who thought the raid was bungled because they were simply not prepared for confronting a full-blown intifadah when they were expecting people in a circle singing “give peace a chance”.

In response to the Israeli warning, the good ship Mavi Marmara said that they were unarmed and posed no threat to Israelis. That’s probably why the IDF wasn’t expecting to drop into a party where they get to play pinata where every kid is given a steel pipe for a stick. Also heard in the radio response were the remarks “Shut up, go back to Auschwitz” and “We’re helping Arabs go against the U.S., don’t forget 9/11.” If that doesn’t deserve a Nobel Peace prize, what does?

The IDF showed pictures and videos of the “unarmed” activists using electric saws to create clubs by cutting up ship rails, slingshots and marbles with “Hezbolla” scrawled across the handle, wearing gas masks, face scarfs, and also finding bullet proof vests and night vision rifle scopes, evidently to make sure all of those wheelchairs were safely delivered to crippled people in Gaza. NPR described the 9 victims who were killed as “very religious”. Islamist, political islam religious. But they were not “islamic radicals” since they were delivering “aid”. Many of them recorded martyrdom “goodbye world, hello heaven” videos just like suicide bombers. Turkish newspaper accounts of the death of dual-US citizen Furkan Dogan received comments that praised that he gave his life to Allah at such a young high-school age of 19. His father was happy that he was a martyr in heaven. Others on conservative American blogs compared him to American Taliban Walker Lindh, or surmised he was probably part of the bar room brawl scene tangling with armed soldiers. Bringing pipes and slingshots to a gunfight can hardly result in a good outcome for a 19 year old kid invited to come along by God knows whom. And we’re worried about the Marines rercuiting in high school. The infitada idea was if you don’t have the firepower to match Israeli tanks, throw rocks at them and get martyred by Israeli bullets, winning the global media battle.

Fast-Roping 101

Now Iran has announced they want to send their Navy in to escort their own “peace flotilla”. If you go run a blockade with an aircraft carrier or a rowboat with medical supplies, if it’s Kennedy’s blockade of Cuba, or America’s blockade of Haiphong harbor, or the British blockade of Boston, it’s an act of war, and you can expect somebody to get hurt. Now let’s see, on one side we have a boats full of radical Islamist martyr brigades funded by groups who send arms and money to Al Qaeda calling it a “humanitarian aid” operation. Right. On the other we have Israel who is trying to keep people from smuggling deadly rockets into Gaza and Hamas. I don’t think it should be hard for the Asian Americans who haven’t yet been brainwashed by Marxists in elite American colleges to figure out which side are the good and bad guys.

Update: there’s more:

While the usual crowd (pretty much the usual Obama supporters and friends) is still maintaining that Israel took away their cameras that proved it was an unprovoked massacre, the West is largely ignoring the Israeli side, especially the announcement that THERE WAS NO HUMANITARIAN AID on the ship manned largely by terrorist wannabes. Choose wisely when you decide that you are for or against the Flotilla and the Israeli response. One side is for America, freedom and its true allies. The other supports Islamists and their peaceful vision of a world that is no longer  split between “rule under Islam”, or land-at-war-with-Islam.


no aid supplies on  riot ship
Published: 06/10/10, 6:33 PM / Last Update: 06/10/10, 7:34 PM
It’s Official: There was No Humanitarian Aid on Mavi Marmara
by Gil Ronen

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has informed Israel’s representatives the world over that there were never any humanitarian supplies or equipment aboard the Mavi Marmara, where Israeli commandos were ambushed by armed mercenaries posing as peace activists. The commandos opened fire and killed nine of the attackers after three soldiers had been brutalized and temporarily captured.

Of the seven flotilla ships that were intercepted by Israel on May 31 and afterward, only four were freight ships, the MFA reported to its embassies and consulates: The Challenger 1 (a small yacht), the Sfendonh (a small passenger boat) and the Mavi Marmara (a passenger ship) did not carry any humanitarian aid, and had only the passengers’ personal belongings

The soldiers reported that the activists had fired on them during the confrontation and that at least two commandos suffered gunshot wounds. After the incident, 9mm bullet casings were found – a kind not used by the naval commandos

Post-operation assessments have the number of hard-core activists involved in the fighting at between 60 and 100. It appears that they were well trained and experienced, especially in view of the arsenal found and code books used to pass on orders from group leaders. Among the rioters, in addition to Turks, were Yemenis, Afghans and one person from Eritrea. All were apparently experienced in hand-to-hand fighting. Some of them did not retreat when shots were fired.

“This was not a disturbance that went awry. It was a planned ambush.”

At one point, the attackers nabbed one commando, wrested away his handgun, and threw him down from the top deck to the lower deck, 30 feet below. The soldier sustained a serious head wound and lost his consciousness.,7340,L-3896796,00.html
Only after this injury did Flotilla 13 troops ask for permission to use live fire. The commander approved it: You can go ahead and fire. The soldiers pulled out their handguns and started shooting at the rioters’ legs, a move that ultimately neutralized them. Meanwhile, the rioters started to fire back at the commandoes.

“I saw the tip of a rifle sticking out of the stairwell,” one commando said. “He fired at us and we fired back. We didn’t see if we hit him. We looked for him later but couldn’t find him.” Two soldiers sustained gunshot wounds to their knee and stomach

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