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Posted on 05/31/2010 2:17:31 PM PDT by ventanax5
Gaza is under the malicious and cynical rule of a terror organization sworn on Israels destruction, that is holding an Israeli soldier captive in contravention of all international treaties, and that oppresses its own population while even Palestinian witnesses there acknowledge that there is no food shortage. Given Hamas military objectives, Israel would be crazy not to check whats going in. But Israel had already pledged to pass on any humanitarian goods after they were inspected, and told the boats the same thing. So, no, I dont think that the idea of stopping the boats was misguided.
What we know is that on five of the ships, the commandos (among them friends of our kids, by the way) boarded the boats, and there was no resistance and no fighting.
On one boat, however, the first soldiers to land on the boat were attacked with metal rods and knives. Theres video of it. Its playing all over Israeli and all over the internet. In some cases, soldiers weapons were stolen and used against them. One was stabbed, apparently in the abdomen. Another was tossed from a desk and trampled when he landed. There were a handful of commandos there, and 600 peace activists. On Israeli news tonight, the soldiers on helicopters taking them to the hospital were interviewed. They descended the ropes, they said, planning to talk the activists into going to Ashdod. Their weapons were not in their hands, but strapped to their backs. We went into war, one in his 30s said bitterly tonight, and all we had were toys. They were beaten, trampled, shot (yes, there were bullet injuries) but only after forty minutes of combat did they resort to live five. They were going to get lynched if they didnt fight back, they said.
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one does get tired of that feeling of deja vu when it comes to the actions of Israel: in the eyes of most of the world Israel is always guilty, why bother with gathering the facts, watching the video. what would the UN do without Israel? passing condemnations of Israel is the UN’s main work. i’m discouraged by it, - but see what we must do is find ways to support Israel and Israelis right now. person to person.
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We went into war, and all we had were toys.
More and more appeasement to the humanitarian crowd it sounds like. Soldiers entering such situations should never have their hands tied.
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