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  1. richard,

    the original, unscrubbed live feed from turkish tv showed the commandos being attacked…it is the same one that was shown on israeli tv.

    this is not to excuse what now appears to be a poorly planned operation, as it does seem the commandos were taken by surprise.

    but it is unfair for anyone who is not an expert in tactics to tell those under attack, how they must proceed to defend themselves. especially if the idf reports of the commandos attempting at first to use non lethal means are found to be accurate.

    this is like goldstone during his famous debate, saying that in his opinion, israel should have entered gaza with commando units only, knowing full well that was what was attempted in jenin, to less than optimal results. (as well as world wide condemnation.)

    1. But the feed doesn’t show what preceded the attack on the soldiers. I’ve read eyewitness accts that there was firing fr. the helicopters before the commandos even boarded. And why does the IDF video conveniently end just before the shooting begins? Of course we know the answer to that one.

      I do not in any way shape or form credit the IDF’s explanation of what happened unless it can be corroborated by independent sources not controlled by the IDF.

  2. I think many of us are wondering who in the braintrust came up this operation. The more I think about it, the more idiotic it seems.

    Gideon Levy (whose column today is called “Operation Mini Cast Lead”) accepts that the IDF came barely armed and puts this one in the utter stupidity category, and if he accepts it, I think we can surmise that it is true.


    There is definitely some stupidity going on here, whether it is Danny Ayalon statement that an apology is unnecessary or last week’s distribution of a menu from a swanky Gaza restaurant to the news media to show that Gaza is doing fine.

    Israelis used to throw out stupid governments; it does not seem as though they do that anymore.

  3. RE: “…the feeble comment from Pres. Obama who could only muster vague concern and a desire to get to the bottom of the matter, whatever that means…” – R. Silverstein

    MY COMMENT: Look upon this as a great fundraising opportunity for the November elections. By using our veto in the UN Security Council to help Israel avoid accepting responsibility for the consequences of its actions, the Obama administration will be earning many millions of dollars in campaign contributions to the coffers of Democrats. That’s the American way!

    P.S. Haim Saban: “Give us mo’ money, mo’ money, mo’ money!”
    mo money (03:32) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7jukQX2pl2Q

  4. RE: “Why didn’t they attempt to make any contact with the ships before they landed on them?” – R. Silverstein

    MY COMMENT: Perhaps they ran out of time and panicked. It was about to begin getting light soon and the Israelis wanted to operate ‘under cover of darkness’ (like a “night flower”).

    P.S. “A lobby is like a night flower. It thrives in the dark…” – http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mj-rosenberg/steve-rosen-former-indict_b_291223.html

  5. Richard,

    You write “I’m sorry, but such behavior by U.S. diplomats is beyond pathetic. They must know that we need a credible INDEPENDENT investigation, not a whitewash of the type that the IDF ALWAYS conducts in such circumstances.”

    I’m surprised that youre surprised. Of course they know, which is why they suggest it. They’re in cahoots. It’s so obvious.

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