by David A. Ridenour V.P.
The international community should be denouncing
The Free Gaza Movement announced its intention to breach
Article 19 of the Law of the Sea Treaty specifies that "any act of propaganda aimed at affecting the defence or security of the coastal state" or "the loading or unloading of any commodity, currency or person contrary to the customs, fiscal, immigration or sanitary laws or regulations of the coastal state" are deemed "prejudicial to the peace, good order or security" of that state. This flotilla - as with ones before it - would have done both if allowed to proceed.
While Article 19 only gives the coastal state the authority to act within its territorial waters, the bloodshed may well have been greater had
It also appears that Israel may have been within international norms in boarding the ship as all states have an obligation under Articles 109 and 110 of the treaty to stop unauthorized broadcasts (those intended for the general public, but not distress calls), including in international waters. The so-called "Freedom Flotilla" was broadcasting its voyage live.
Blood is on
President Obama should do the right thing and recall the
David A. Ridenour V.P. - The
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