Maud' Dib;171798 wrote:
The Flotilla belonged to no country.
The ship which was illegally boarded and attacked on which deaths occurred was Turkish and clearly identified itself as such by carrying great big Turkish flags stern and aft.
And the U.N. is flawed, thats all I will say.
Yeah - but it still manages to do more good on any given day than any other institution in the world throughout history. Of course it's flawed - everything is - what it's flawed in comparison to is what's important.
And whether the UN is flawed or not - attacking and capturing another nation's vessel without due provocation in international waters is piracy. That's been an article of laws between nations from long before the UN.
To many countries in one Alliance, but thats all I will say for the time being.
But that's the point of the security council, allowing the UN's self-appointed exemplars to make the most important decisions.
Wether the U.N. permits them or not, the Isrealis will keep the Blockade until Gaza is annexed into Isreal. I doubt anyone will stop them and I really dont think they should.
Israel cannot annex Gaza without breaking every treaty it has signed in the past 50 years. It will suffer from economic sanctions from almost every country it trades with - particularly it's largest trading partners in the middle east, and it will solve no problems militarily either. It will create a bigger bloc within Arab-Israeli politics, and a bigger Arab-Israeli demographic within Israel. It will prove to rogue states and warlords around the world that the Geneva Convention and UN ratifications are a sham and not even applied to or by those who claim to uphold them. It will prove that Iranian opponents to Israel were actually right all along about it's plans and it will give cause for those in the West Bank, Golan Heights, Egypt and Jordan to worry about Israel once again seeking to expand its ambit into other territories some zionists claim a right to because of the borders of biblical Israel.
To pretend that Israel would just do this is to indulge a fantasy. Even China doesn't act that way towards Tibet because of the likely repercussions. Instead Israel (and China) try and inflict a slow kill, resource drain, economic death, populace oppression - but people are tough, they don't give up like that. They grow some blitz spirit.
As I have said before, Gaza is under blockade. That also means that supplies are not allowed to be taken into the country. It doesn't really matter if there were bombs or any munitions because they dont want anything going into the area. Its really a logical way to end the conflict by weakening Gaza and then pushing them into Egypt as refugees.
That might have been their main political objective - but they've botched it now haven't they? Egypt are talking of making their border with Gaza permeable again - so they are no longer going to support the blockade - which means no blockade at all really because it required Egypt's cooperation. That worked whilst Egypt hated Hamas more than they did Israel - but this could alter that. Turkey are talking about sending more aid ships with military escorts - which obviously marks the effective end of Israel's relationship with it's only real regional ally. Ireland have sent an aid ship to dare Israel to treat them likewise. Virtually every leader of any country you care to name save the US has condemned an attack on a Turkish vessel in international waters and has called for an end to the humanitarian crisis in Gaza.
Morally Israel was never in the right regarding Gaza - but now they've blundered strategically as well - allowing the world to see the sort of behaviour Gazans have to bear all the time.