The Flotilla’s people power that changed the world
With all the atrocities committed in our name, wouldn’t it be nice to see Bush, Blair, Cheney, Wolfowitz all in the dock? And Obama and Rahm and all the cohorts causing evil killing and torture to millions?
Strangely enough it might just start in Israel. And even stranger, if the leadership is indicted, there is no opposition to replace Bibi, Ehud Barak and Lieberman. There is just more of the same.
Haaretz is leading with a grim-faced PM Bibi refusing calls for an international enquiry.
And some seemingly conscientious objections by Israeli Naval officers themselves:
Israel Navy reserves officers: Allow external Gaza flotilla probe
Officers denounce operation as ‘military and diplomatic failure’, slam government for placing blame on the activists.
“First and foremost, we protest the fact that responsibility for the tragic results was immediately thrust onto the organizers of the flotilla,” wrote the officers. “This demonstrates contempt for the responsibility that belongs principally to the hierarchy of commanders and those who approved the mission. This shows contempt for the values of professionalism, the purity of weapons and for human lives.”
We are all so used to the spin and dribble, the contempt for the truth, just as we see it in our nations, so it is occurring in Israel. As above – so below. From non-existent weapons of mass destruction, to Al Qaeda cells everywhere. The Israelis are more cushioned thanks to all the money pouring in there. Making their population astoundingly right-wing. Yet it seems, crunch time has arrived.
Breaking out of the siege
If Israel is to break out of the international siege and strategic catastrophe it now faces, it urgently needs a different policy.
Israel has no opposition and no alternative
While Zuabi was savagely attacked in the Knesset – Livni kept mum. When the blockade continued – Livni kept mum. After Israel brutally abducted the flotilla ship – Livni skipped from one television studio to another, justifying the operation with frightening alacrity.
By Gideon Levy
Suspicion growing about possible link between PKK and Israel
Amid the growing outrage over an Israeli attack on civilian ships in international waters that killed nine Turkish pro-Palestinian activists and wounded dozens last week, there is deepening suspicion about the possible Israeli involvement in the killing of seven soldiers in a terrorist rocket attack on a naval base in İskenderun, in the southern province of Hatay.
Turkish intelligence organizations are looking into possible connections between the two incidents that occurred on the same day only hours apart.
There is more at stake than Israel or Zionism, there is world Jewry, banking and oil. For now we can all marvel at “people power”, and how the sheer indignation of people everywhere has had greater effect than any politicians or media.