by Wesley Pruden
When the going gets tough, the not-so-tough call in the cliches. The world's "leaders" are shocked! -- shocked! -- when
Ban Ki-moon, the secretary-general of the United Nations who rarely sees third-world evil, shocking or otherwise, says he was "shocked" by the Israeli navy's stopping a convoy attempting to break through the blockade of Islamist terrorists in
The convoy of six ships not only carried thousands of tons of supplies, but hundreds of "activists" and when the smoke cleared nine or so "activists" -- the count varied through the day -- had been rendered "inactivists," and capable of no further mischief. The European Union demanded an official inquiry, so profound was its "shock." The United Nations went into emergency session to recover from "shock."
The usual suspects went riding off in several directions even before they could mount their horses, but an investigation, official or otherwise, is not really necessary. Verdict now, facts later. The Associated Press, which once took pride in its reporting but is awash now in activists and pundits, set out the early story line: "Dozens of activists and six Israeli soldiers were wounded in the bloody predawn confrontation in international waters. The violent takeover dealt yet another blow to
The account of the Israeli commandos tells a different story. The Mava Marmara, the lead ship in the flotilla, was told to change course and not land in
The facts on ground and sea are, as usual, ignored in the bang and clang of rioting in the streets and the din of diplomatic argle-bargle, with the media peddling the usual story: The flotilla of "peace" ships was only intended to relieve the suffering of women, children and maybe even an occasional cute kitten or adorable puppy. But the "activist" account is bunk.
Adequate supplies of food, medicine and other necessary goods are regularly delivered to Palestinians in
But the attack of the "peace" ships was intended for a larger and more important purpose -- to undermine Israeli determination to continue the struggle against the radical Muslims who are determined to kill Jews. The Israelis are determined there won't be a second Holocaust. This shouldn't shock anyone who's been paying attention.
Wesley Pruden is editor emeritus of The Washington Times.
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