State Terrorism and the New World Order. "Man's Stupidity has no Bounds"
"Man's stupidity has no bounds at all." W.H. Auden.
"When bad men combine, the good must associate,
Else they will fall, one by one,
An unpitied sacrifice, in a contemptible struggle." Edmund Burke, 1729-1797.
No matter how Israel attempts to dress up piracy on the high seas, in international waters - described by legal experts and politicians as state terrorism, resulting in nine confirmed deaths, claims of more, and up to sixty reportedly injured; the abduction and hostage taking of the passengers on six vessels - an act from a country given unique legal latitude, which might prove a final act of political suicide.
The ships are illegally impounded, hi-jacked to a country for which they were not headed. (Although the majority of those abducted have been released, those still held, remain unclear.
As the US Sixth Fleet patrols off
The storming of the Marvi Marmara, by heavily armed Israeli troops, largest vessel of the international flotilla, carrying building materials, cement, chocolates, sweets, toys, pasta, crutches, wheelchairs and medical aid, a complete dental kit, funded by months of inventive fund raising, in many countries, for Gaza, in the grip of what the UN has described as a "Mediaeval siege."
Also on board was a consignment of marbles, for the children of the tiny twenty five miles long, by seven mile wide, besieged territory. One could be forgiven for thinking there are some in high places in
Ironically, Bristol Fire Brigade (UK) donated quantities of protective clothing and equipment, for
The response from
The response from
The BBC which some allege increasingly resembles an outpost of Israeli State Radio, continues to reiterate endlessly that Hamas, elected under UN-monitored and approved polls, "seized power."
The attack on
Also included were ninety eight generators, ninety pre-fab homes, six hundred tonnes of iron bars and one hundred and fifty tonnes of iron for building - with a glimmer of childhood normality in sixteen entire playground kits, sports equipment, footballs and basketballs, for a child population considered uniquely traumatised. Volunteers, including Israelis, who risked the journey of compassion, were from forty countries and included thirty politicians, with Hanin Zoabi an Israeli parliamentarian (now with other Palestinian law makers receiving death threats) sixty journalists; professionals, medical practitioners, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, Edward Peck, former US Ambassador, US Colonel Anne Wright, who resigned in protest at the Iraq invasion.
According to Greta Berlin, an organizer and spokesperson, twenty percent of passengers were over sixty, the oldest eighty eight, the youngest under two.
At the organization's media centre in
"By sailing directly to Gaza, outside of Israeli waters, with cargo banned illegally by Israel ... the flotilla (was) exercising international law and upholding article 33 of the Geneva Convention which clearly states that collective punishment is a crime against humanity", stated Dr Mona El Farrer, in Gaza.
World leaders commenting on the Israeli attack expressed: "shock"; "condemned", "deplored", cited a "terrorist act", a "massacre", a "grave act", and "state terrorism."
International law expert Anis Kassi cites: "cold blooded assassination", and Sabah al Mukhtar, President of the Arab Lawyers Association, says it: ".. is the exact definition of piracy."
Coincidentally, President Barack "Nobel" Obama, "Middle East Peace Envoy", Charles Anthony Lynton Blair, QC., and
Nilufer Cetin, with her one year old son and whose husband was engineer on the Marvi Marmara, described the "regrettable" violence as: "... extremely bad and brutal. The ship turned into a lake of blood.
"I was one of the first victims to be released because I had a child. They confiscated everything, our telephones, laptops are all gone.
"We were aware of the possible danger [in joining the trip] but there are thousands of babies in
. If we had reached Gaza we would have played with them and taken them food." Gaza
Ms Cetin would surely resonate with the people of Ramalla, who gathered in
In an attempt at damage limitation, beyond laughable and bordering on the psychologically challenged - were the circumstances not so criminally tragic - Michael Oren, Israel's Ambassador to the US., likened vicious attacks - by armed Commandos in balaclavas, who, allegedly, also fired on the vessels before illegally boarding, murdering, injuring and committing grand theft - to the US fighting Nazis in World War 11. He told Fox News: "The
A saner view might have been that the committed compassionate passengers, were today's equivalent of those who, at great personal risk, attempted to feed, aid and protect Jewish people, under threat in occupied
It is Turkish Prime Minister, Tayyip Erdogan, in an impassioned speech to his Parliament, who blazed the significance of Israel's actions: That ship, he said, might finally have done more than over sixty years of hollow condemnations of Israel's actions - which John Pilger has described as those of a "criminal state", with a near unique "record of lawlessness", defiance of numerous UN Resolutions, defiance of the right of Palestinians right to return to their homeland, affirmed : "... at least 135 times as 'the will of the international community' " - and ignored.
As Israeli Ambassadors, worldwide,were summoned by governments, to explain their country's actions, and protesters still daily, demanding the closure of Israel's Embassies, maybe finally Israel's successive governments' heartless, lawless behaviour toward citizens and neighbours are to be called to account.
The currency of those who use the inhuman horror of the Holocaust's vast bloodstain on history, to get away with murder and deny the most basics of normality to others, maybe finally approaching bancrupcy.
Incredibly, the passengers, hi-jacked at gunpoint, were asked to sign a document declaring that they had entered
As the self declared "only democracy in the Middle East", deny access to Barzilia Hospital in the Israeli city of Ashkelon, where still unaccounted for injured lie with : "every patient (having) a soldier next to the bed", according to spokeswoman, Leah Malul (that should aid recovery) it is people of Jewish origin, worldwide, who have been some of the most vocal in their condemnation of the attack.
In the (
"The Israeli image took a mortal blow ..... deep in international waters (rendering)
In Haaretz, where Gideon Levy rises eloquently beyond ballistic, his colleague, Ari Shavit, laments that in
Sir Gerald Kaufman, in the (
Professor of International Law, Richard Falk, demanded: " .. Criminal accountability"; whilst Israeli born and raised Avigail Avarbanel comments on: "
That the Commando who shot several passengers on the Marmara in cold blood, is to be rewarded for valor, according to numerous reports, seemingly confirms this viewpoint.
Professor Avi Shlaim, refers to: "
Condemnation in newsprint, by the Jewish diaspora alone, has felled woods, probably forests.
Other aid-giving voyages, including from neutral
As shipping Unions refuse to load or unload Israeli vessels and other Unions from
With vociferous demands that Israel's UN Membership and that of the OECD are suspended or rescinded, that it is barred from the 2012 London Olympics, and numerous professional Bodies call for the country's isolation, might Israel finally change direction?
Being asked is, also, should a country, so apparently out of control - believed with the world's fifth largest nuclear arsenal - be subject to the unthinkable, until it complies with international norms?
A country which also demands to investigate itself over a lawless act of enormity.
Not to be forgotten, as analysts have pointed out, is that the naval blockade of
Yet, in the week "the world became Gaza", maybe, a flotilla of committed people, ill-treated, injured and those who gave lives, in solidarity with the humanity of others, are bringing successive Israeli governments' sixty two year ram-raid through international norms - and neighbouring countries - to and end?