The facts in the case are straightforward.
Although it is true, as the New York Times misleadingly noted, that the Turkish sponsor of the flotilla - Insani Yardim Vakfi (IHH - The Foundation of Humanitarian Relief) - does not appear on the United States State Department's list of terrorist organizations, IHH belongs to an umbrella organization that US authorities have identified as a terrorist financier, namely Union of Good (Ittilaf al-Kheir). 
Jonathan Schanzer, a former
Israeli authorities offered to allow the flotilla to land at the Israeli
There is in any case "no humanitarian problem in
In short, the
All these facts are on the public record. Nonetheless, the international press persist in describing the flotilla as a humanitarian aid convey rather than as a transparent provocation by terrorist organizations, and the governments of the world will click their tongues hypocritically over the Israeli action.
There is a curious symmetry between
After the fact, Defense Minister Ehud Barak denounced the IHH as "a violent, extremist organization that supports terrorism". But if that is the case, David Horovitz asked in the Jerusalem Post, "In such circumstances, facing such hostility, it is hard to fathom why the IDF [Israel Defense Forces] so underestimated the challenge its soldiers would face, and thus erred so strikingly over both its choice of how to thwart the flotilla, and over the number of soldiers, and the equipment, it sent into the battle at sea."
The actual parameters of a pre-emptive war are far more complex, and I have neither the information nor the expertise to offer further conjectures on how matters might play out. There are many possible variants; if I knew enough to analyze them competently, I would not write about them in any event.
The price under the best of outcomes would be traumatic for a state in which the death of a single serviceman is a national tragedy. The country's leaders still hope against hope that they might find some alternative to war. The
By coincidence, observant Jews around the world this week read Numbers 13:1 to 15:41 in synagogues, including the Biblical story of the 12 spies whom Moses sent to scout the promised land. Joshua and Caleb argued that an invasion would succeed, but were outvoted by the representatives of 10 of the 12 tribes. For that display of cowardice, the Israelites wandered for 40 years in the desert until the entire generation that had left
1. Editor's note: According to the Free Gaza website, "The Freedom Flotilla Coalition is comprised of: Free Gaza Movement (FG), European Campaign to End the Siege of Gaza (ECESG), Insani Yardim Vakfi (IHH), Ship to Gaza Greece, Ship to Gaza Sweden, and the International Committee to Lift the Siege on Gaza, with hundreds of groups and organizations around the world supporting the effort." The Free Gaza Movement includes on its board of advisors Noam Chomsky, Naomi Klein, Jeff Halper, John Pilger and Jenny Tonge.
2. The Terror Finance Flotilla,
4. UN Envoy to Peres: No Humanitarian Crisis in Gaza
5. When the cat's away the mice kill each other, Asia Times Online,
Spengler is channeled by David P Goldman, senior editor of First Things
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