With at least nine pro-Palestinian activists killed and many more were wounded in the raid on May 31 as Israeli naval commandos stormed the Mavi Marmara (the lead ship in a flotilla of six vessels which are carrying humanitarian aid for the Palestinian territory) on international waters show how far Israel is willing to go in ensuring the Gaza blockage stands. Despite sparking a wave of global condemnation and protests Israel defends its actions wholly with no regret. This is great shame to a sovereign state using paranoia as a guide rather than common sense and humanitarian logic as a voice of reason.
Each and every one of them ultimately believed that they were safe; that there was a boundary – call it a boundary of legality, a boundary of civilisation – that Israel would not cross. They were wrong. And in proving them wrong, Israel has revealed, once again, its true face to the world.
To quote Ahdaf further.. Israel is on a path of Self Destruction… and many agree with this point of view. With the numerous blunders either military, political, public relations or development based, the accumulative effect clearly indicates Israel has gone awry and this needs to be urgently addressed for it is just adding a pile of enemies and friends dwindling as the years pass. With the USA & UK still defending Israel and its policies, it is this leeway that Israel thinks it can get away with anything. It shocks further that as the UN Security Council called for impartial investigation in the series of events, USA had tried to push for Israel to run the investigation. Is USA really the global cop as it claims or is it just the Israeli protector and watchman and the world should not touch them?
One positive may come out of this sad incident and that is the World finding a ground to unit and condemn Israel with stronger language and actions and this may end up having a greater effect than Israel, USA or UK would have expected prior to this attack. This careless aggressive act has further justified the extremists and radicals to carry out more in-discriminatory attacks around the world on Western interests in the name of Palestinian rights and Islamic fundamentalists taking advantage of this situation to create much more deadly chaos.
In this great embarrassment of a nation and its actions which I had really respected should rise up and take responsibility of its actions and know that time is ticking before it will find itself alone and surrounded and this time round they may not be lucky as in the previous wars which they defended themselves magnificently. The hostility they are raising may reach an intolerable peak and may indirectly start a fight they may not win. Lets pray and hope it may not reach such levels.