I hate Stratfor, but the guys who run that site are really smart, no matter if they are tied in with US imperialism or not.
This is the best article I’ve seen on the flotilla attack.
The flotilla was an obvious provocation designed to break the siege of Gaza. The flotilla folks were told they could sail into Israel, have the stuff offloaded, and then Israel will ship it overland to Gaza, but the flotilla folks blew the Israelis off.
Like the famed and similar Exodus incident of 1947, this was a gigantic trap. But this time it was the Zionists as the prey instead of the bait.
The whole point of traps, honey, booby, doors or otherwise, is to not fall into them. Israel fell into this one headfirst.
No matter what went down, and each side has wildly different narratives at this point, Israel fucked up bigtime in the court of public opinion in many ways. At the very least they could have waited to attack the ship until it was 20 miles offshore instead of 72 miles offshore in international waters. War is the continuation of politics by other means, notes Clausewitz. And the information war is often at least as important as the hot war.
With that in mind, this is one battle Israel lost.
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Israel’s days are numbered.
Once the American Empire falls (and it will soon. Heck, in many ways it already has), Israel is toast.
I highly doubt that China or the next dominant global force (can’t imagine it not being China) will do anything to help Israel.
Israel, you’d better adopt a “me against the world” attitude, because you’ll soon be alone.
I assume you’re going to do a more in depth post about this when you get a chance to do some proper research. I’ve seen a lot of people talking about this video:
A search for “aid flotilla” on google.co.il brings up some interesting results:
Speaking as a non-Zionist, universalist (but not self-hating by any means) Jew, I don’t know which bothers me more: The attack on aid ships on the high seas, or the fact that in doing it, they got their a***s whupped by a bunch of cheesed off pacifists. Why aren’t *they* bothered by this?? These really aren’t the boys from Entebbe anymore.
Yah, I was saying that in another thread. The days of the Israeli badass soldiers taking on four or five separate Arab armies at once seems to have passed. The younger generation ain’t “tough fibered” enough.
Even British Zionists cannot compute Israeli “nihilism”: http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/juliankossoff/100041742/the-gaza-flotilla-israels-leaders-are-lost-at-sea/
But never mind what foreign Zionists think, they’re not proper Jews anyway. There’s a new group on Facebook for those who’ve come “home”:
גם אני תומך בפעולת חיל הים, וטורקיה יכולה ללכת להזדיין
“I also support the operation of the navy, and you Turkey can go fuck yourself.”
Oy! Vey ist mir! (Oh woe is me!) We just lost our only ally…and do I give a fuck?
Isr-el lost the propaganda war; but that doesn’t stop our remote controlled ‘leaders’ from repeating the same propaganda. Harper and Obama are the tools of Zionism and corporate globalism. “The people” -those of them that still can think straight – already know they are our enemies.
This won’t change a thing; AIPAC will still rule congress, the Israel Allies Caucus still resides inside of Canada’s Parliament, and the Zionist media will work overtime to make sure this is explained away, overshadowed, then forgotten.
Mort: Entebbe was totally fake; an Israeli propaganda excercise.
Surprisingly good article from an otherwise shitty “private” intelligence source. Friedman clearly knows Israel, no doubt about it, and it shows The comparison to “Exodus” is pretty fascinating.
My beef with Stratfor comes from their “analysis” of the military reality of Iran, amongst other things. To say they suck is an understatement. Their information is literally worse than being wrong.
I believe they know this as well. They have offered jobs to people who are “in the know” about that topic, and in every case they got turned down.
Ironically in all this, it was Friedman last year who was all hell-bent on labeling Turkey an emerging regional power with potential influence around the world, using it’s Sunni Islamic status to garnish leverage in the Middle East. He seemed correct in that assessment, to.
Perhaps it was a bit of a “trap”. Well, Israel does a lot of PR stunts and generally gets away with it, due to the fact that the US media is entirely pro-Israel.
I guess Israel thought they could just do what they wanted and spin it in their favor as usual, but it didn’t work so well this time. In the mass media they’ve been trying to say that the Israelis were only armed with paintball guns and that the unarmed people on the flotilla started the violence. They have even been showing some video that purports to prove all of this. WTF? Word is spreading on the internet and it doesn’t look like people are buying it.
That whacky Christian wingnut Brian Akira http://brianakira.wordpress.com/ is at it again quoting World Net Daily News, ground zero for birthers who now believe Kenyan born Barry Soetoro was off in the field working with Zbigniew Brzesninski’s Mujahadeen in Afghanistan while enrolled at Columbia. Never mind that those records are sealed too.
“…Another report is that the CIA operatives and terrorists Bill Ayers, and Bernadette Dohrn, and Jodie Evans of the queer Jew outfit Code Pink were behind the organization of the flotilla. This would make sense, since from the 1960s Ayers and Dohrn have made a career of provoking bloodshed that never effects them personally but ends up with their deluded “allies” in jail. [Due to illegal tactics of FBI agents involved with the COINTEL program, government attorneys requested all weapons- and bomb-related charges be dropped against Ayers and Dohrn. Their “comrades” ended up serving decades in jail.] Code Pink helped the Jews to misdirect political dissenters away from focusing on Jew espionage and terror activities in America, and to neutralize opposition to Puppet Bush and his Jew-controllers by leading Bush-regime opponents into supporting the Jew Kerry, then into supporting Puppet Obama and his Jew controllers.
The Jew Aaron Klein, Jerusalem bureau chief for the Jews’ World Net Daily http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=160661, reports at WND:
The group behind the Gaza flotilla that engaged in deadly clashes with Israeli commandoes today counts among its top activists Weather Underground terrorist founders William Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn as well as Jodie Evans, the leader of the radical activist organization Code Pink.
Ayers and Dohrn were close associates for years with President Obama, while Evans was a fundraiser and financial bundler for Obama’s presidential campaign.
Earlier today, Israeli navy commandos raided the six-ship flotilla, encountering heavy resistance and live fire from the activists. Nine activists were killed and dozens of others were reportedly injured, as were several of the Israeli commandoes.
The flotilla was organized by the Free Gaza Movement, a coalition of leftist human rights activists and pro-Palestinian groups engaged in attempts to break a blockade imposed by Israel on the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip.
Ayers, Dohrn and Evans’ Code Pink have led several recent Free Gaza Movement initiatives, including attempted marches into the Gaza Strip. Dorhn was in the Middle East just last month on behalf of the movement.
In January, WND reported Ayers, Dohrn and Evans were involved in provoking chaos on the streets of Egypt in an attempt to enter Gaza with the Free Gaza Movement to join in solidarity with the territory’s population and leadership.
The three helped to stir riots after the Egyptian government refused to allow a large number of protesters to enter neighboring Gaza. Eventually, the protesters accepted an Egyptian offer of allowing about 100 marchers into Gaza. Once in the territory, those marchers were reportedly met on the Gaza side by Hamas’ former Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh.
During the time of the January march, Sen. John Kerry [a Jew and Zionist who pretends to be Irish] wrote a letter in support of a “humanitarian delegation from Massachusetts” to Gaza.
Members of the Ayers, Dohrn and Evans group documented on their blogs how Kerry’s letter was used at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo while attempting to pressure Egypt to let their group into Gaza,
Images of the letter were posted on the Electronic Intifada website run by Ali Abunimah, who was with Evans group in Egypt. WND previously reported Obama spoke at pro-Palestinian events in the 1990s alongside Abunimah. In one such event, a 1999 fundraiser for Palestinian “refugees,” Abunimah recalls introducing Obama on stage.
Kerry’s office previously met with Code Pink members, WND has learned. Sarah Roche-Mahdi of Code Pink also is a member of the United for Peace and Justice Palestine Task Force, which met with Kerry’s staffers.
Kerry last year became the most senior U.S. politician to visit the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, although at the time he did not meet with Hamas leaders.
Dohrn later wrote on a blog that she was briefly detained at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo following the January protests there by her group.
“Bill and I went to the American Embassy at 10 a.m. and asked to see the Ambassador. We were ushered into a holding pen a block away from the embassy building where we joined 35 people already there, surrounded by Egyptian soldiers,” she wrote.
Israeli Naval Forces intercepted the flotilla today attempting to break the maritime closure of the Gaza Strip.
An Israel Defense Forces spokesperson told WND commandoes boarded the ships after numerous warnings from Israel requested the ships redirect toward the Israeli port of Ashdod where they would be able to unload their aid supplies, which could then be transferred to the Gaza Strip after undergoing security inspections.
During the boarding of one of the ships, the Marmara, activists onboard attacked IDF Naval personnel with live fire and light weaponry including knives and clubs, the IDF spokesperson said.
“The demonstrators had clearly prepared their weapons in advance for this specific purpose,” said the spokesperson.
“As a result of this life-threatening and violent activity, naval forces first employed riot dispersal means, followed by live fire,” the spokesperson said.
“IDF naval personnel encountered severe violence, including use of weaponry prepared in advance in order to attack them,” said the IDF spokesperson.
The IDF released a YouTube video clearly showing activists attacking Israeli commandoes, including with live fire.
Close Obama associates
Evans formed Code Pink, a far-left activist organization, in 2002 [with Jew funding] to protest America[the Jews]‘s war in Iraq. The group previously met with Hamas and with leaders of the Taliban. Evans was a fundraiser and financial bundler for Obama’s presidential campaign.
Abunimah traveled in some of the same political circles as Obama in the 1990s. Abunimah previously described meeting with Obama at a fundraiser at the home of [the Jews’] Columbia University professor Rashid Khalidi, reportedly a former PLO activist. Khalidi was also a close associate of Obama.
“[Obama] came with his wife. That’s where I had a chance to really talk to him,” Abunimah recalled. “It was an intimate setting. He convinced me he was very aware of the issues [and] critical of U.S. bias toward Israel and lack of sensitivity to Arabs. … He was very supportive of U.S. pressure on Israel.
According to quotes obtained by Gulf News, Abunimah recalled a 2004 meeting in a Chicago neighborhood while Obama was running for his Senate seat. Abunimah quoted Obama telling him “warmly” he was sorry that “I haven’t said more about Palestine right now, but we are in a tough primary race.”
“I’m hoping when things calm down, I can be more up front,” Abunimah reportedly quoted the senator as saying.
Abunimah said Obama urged him to “keep up the good work” at the [Jews’] Chicago Tribune, where Abunimah contributed guest columns that were highly critical of Israel.
Ayers, meanwhile, became a name in last year’s presidential campaign when it was disclosed the radical worked closely with Obama for years.
Ayers helped launch Obama’s political career with a fundraiser in his home. Obama served on the board of a Chicago nonprofit alongside Ayers. The terrorist later hired Obama to serve as chairman of the [Jews’] Chicago Annenberg Challenge, [started by the Jew thug Annenberg; connected to the Jews’ FactCheck.org] a job Obama later cited as experience that helped qualify him to run for public office.
While at the CAC, Obama and Ayers both granted funds to the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, or ACORN.
WND columnist Jack Cashill has produced a series of persuasive arguments that it was Ayers who ghostwrote Obama’s award-winning autobiography, “Dreams from My Father.”
Ayers and Dohrn were two of the main founders of the Weather Underground, which bombed the New York City Police headquarters in 1970, the Capitol in 1971 and the Pentagon in 1972. The group was responsible for some 30 bombings aimed at destroying the defense and security infrastructures of the U.S.
Characterizing the Weather Underground as “an American Red Army,” Ayers summed up the organization’s ideology: “Kill all the rich people. Break up their cars and apartments. Bring the revolution home, Kill your parents.”
“Everything was absolutely ideal on the day I bombed the Pentagon,” Ayers recalled in his 2001 memoir, “Fugitive Days.” “The sky was blue. The birds were singing. And the bastards were finally going to get what was coming to them.”
Ayers brandished his unrepentant radicalism for years to come, as evidenced by his now notorious 2001 interview with the New York Times, published one day after the 9/11 attacks, in which he stated, “I don’t regret setting bombs. I feel we didn’t do enough.”
Ayers posed for a photograph accompanying the New York Times piece that showed him stepping on an American flag. He said of the U.S.: “What a country. It makes me want to puke.”