Like others, I am so shocked at the events of May 31, 2010, on the "high seas", ie in international waters, by a state government against a humanitarian flotilla, that I am at a relative loss for words.
Qusay, of Qusay Today, has provided a video and highly appropriate lyrics as a preliminary statement, in his post Humanitarian Flotilla Bound for Gaza:
Diane Mason, a British American former intelligence officer, now a SAHM, whose excellent blog Lawrence of Cyberia is devoted entirely to the Israel-Palestine conflict, has provided a pictorial commentary full of truth and dry humour, originally entitled "Laugh all you want", and now entitled, "I Confess. Just Don't Shoot Me."
As a preliminary commentary I would second theirs, and add that now is perhaps a good time to revisit the recent Doha Debate Chez Chiara on "Peace in the Middle East: Will Obama Do Any Better?", and share one's preliminary responses too. I say preliminary, because I intend to revisit this event and its pre-quellae and sequellae, once more words come to mind. In the meantime, please do share your thoughts here, and on the Doha Debate on "Peace in the Middle East: Will Obama Do Any Better?"
An outstanding gallery of 30 pictures with highly informative captions--of the raid itself, and the aftermath of the riots, the killing of 2 Palestinians on the Gaza border, and protests around the world accompanies this Washington Post article: "UN calls for impartial probe of Israeli raid".
Other significant articles and pictures follow:
Ship clash leaves Israel in diplomatic hot water
Germans on Gaza ship deny Israeli commandoes provoked (AFP), the Israeli commandoes were not provoked
Egypt Opens Border With Gaza Strip to Allow Humanitarian Aid
Israel should lead investigation into attack on Gaza flotilla, says US:Turkey's demands for international inquiry blocked at meeting of United Nations security council"
Israel's new 'best friend'?"
Turkey condemns flotilla 'massacre'
A Special Place in Hell / The Second Gaza War: Israel lost at sea; We are no longer defending Israel. We are now defending the siege, which is itself becoming Israel's Vietnam.
HIGHLIGHTING OUTRAGE: Frontpages of European newspapers after Monday's Israeli raid on Gaza flotilla. Photo: AFP
Caveat lector indeed! As Shafiq of The Student View points out the pictures of the "weapons" are from 2006, as evidenced by the original date time stamps. His post, Shock Horror: IDF Lies, provides the evidence and the following pictures of one of the photos and the comments on the original flickr site.
Qusay has followed up with a post, Recep Tayyip Erdogan's Speech, with the video (below) in Turkish, subtitled in English, and the full English text, of PM Erdogan's speech to the Turkish Parliament--an outstanding speech considerably more trenchant than more diplomatic public discourse in English.
The BBC has some particularly striking photos of the return of the activists, living and dead. The article, Emotion high as Turkey buries its Gaza flotilla dead, is worth a read and has an excellent "how the raid unfolded" slide show explanation at the bottom.
Alzazeera (English) has an excellent Indepth/Focus series: Gaza Flotilla, including Gaza's Real Humanitarian Crisis.
Diane Mason has followed up with a post intended for updating as details become available, Putting Names to Faces, giving information on the 9 Turkish nationals killed by Israeli commandos in the raid, which includes this one:
The UN Security Council's proposal to investigate the incident was block by the US, so the UN Human Rights Council, after condemning the Israeli action, is proposing its own investigation, which the US, Italy, and the Netherlands voted against (but couldn't block), on the grounds that the UNHRC had prejudged Israel.
Other potentially relevant posts on this blog:
The Pro-Israel Lobby: Defending Israel or Stifling Debate Including of the Saudi Peace Initiative?
Calling On Obama: Get Tough On Israel
Nuclear Warheads: If Israel, why not Iran, Saudi, the GCC, or MENA?
Israel Apartheid Week 2010: 1-4 Weeks Focused on Palestine
Comments, thoughts, questions, impressions, predictions?
Feel free to comment here and/or on the Doha Debate on "Peace in the Middle East: Will Obama Do Any Better?"