The events over the past week have been nothing less than disgusting. Pales in comparison to Israeli massacres in Gaza last year, but no less morally repugnant. It shows the IDF, the Israeli and US governments have no respect for human life.
There is no question the IDF and Israeli government got the green light from the US before they boarded the ships and no question the US government got advance notice of exactly how it would be carried out (re-confirmed by Micheal Oren, Israeli Ambassador to the U.S, FoxNews Sunday June 6 2010). They knew what they were doing, they knew what the risks of a commando raid in the dead of night were, and likely knew IDF commandos would execute people on board. Its disgusting.
The IDF even printed stage by stage details of what they were going to do in an Israeli newspaper three days in advance on May29th. "If the ships will not answer the officers' call to turn around, the operation will continue by force...We have very good reason to suspect an act of terrorism from the boats...It is impossible to know at this stage whether terrorists boarded the ship or whether there is intent to use live ammunition against our forces. Therefore we will act with full seriousness and caution."
Norman Finkelstein comments and analysis on the weeks events are dead on, accurate and damming.
On Crosstalk this week he destroys Israeli spokesman arguments
This is one of the best interviews with Finkelstein a couple of years ago where again he speaks the truth and eloquently explains joint US-Israeli policy in the middle east.
Irish Citizen beaten by IDF