As accounts surface of what really happened last week when the Israeli Army attacked a flotilla bringing supplies to beleaguered Gaza, Israel is looking more and more like the aggressor, not the victim it would have you believe it is.
The ship, Mavi Marmara, was boarded in international waters and nine activists were killed. One Israeli soldier was wounded. It was definitely overkill. The question being asked is who fired the first shot? Israel claims self defense, but with 60 reporters on board to witness and record the event, it is not possible for Israel to hush this one up. It tried. Reporters were jailed and their film and videos confiscated. Both sides are putting their spin on the facts. As usual the truth is probably somewhere in the middle. The story is being told on YouTube. Watch the videos below to get an idea of what I mean.
It's classic, isn't it? Victims of abuse so often end up becoming victimizers themselves. Hey Hey USA-- stop being the classic enabler . A thorough, neutral, international inquiry is in order here-- not a show trial conducted by Israel with President Obama as an " advisor" For an excellent analysis of the situation and good links to even more information, see Glenn Greenwald's excellent article at Salon.com.
Interview with Al Jezeera Reporter
Video of Attack Shot and Edited by Israeli Defense Force
It's just like kids in the schoolyard. It's hard to know who started the fight so the only alternative is to stop the fight, separate the kids and keep an eye on the bully. The truth may be ugly, but it is important to get to it. Another ship challenged the blockade today and was stopped by Israel with no incidents. Let's see what happens next, shall we?