Tuesday, 1 June 2010

The attack on the Gaza freedom flotilla

There isn't much that I can add to the already-published analyses of the Israeli attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla.

For a full analysis of what has happened so far, the best port of call is Rady Ananda in Dissident Voice. Chris Marsden and Jean Shaoul are also worth reading on WSWS. Whilst Amnest International provides excellent background on the effects of the Gaza blockade.

Lenin's Tomb offers an explanation as to why the attack took place. Slackbastard not only draws attention to the attack but to foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman blaming it on anarchists.

Craig Murray can't believe the BBC's "balance" on this issue and Left I is outraged at the New York Times' editorial. Ten Percent has written the article you're sick of reading on this event. Cindy Sheehan condemn's Israel's terrorist actions.  A-Infos reports on the Israeli radical left's protest against the attack.

And, on Twitter, you can follow the ongoing debate through the #flotilla hashtag.

To all of which there is not much to add. It's impossible even to offer a solution when 60 years of US-supported rejectionism have made Israel invulnerable to both international law and world opinion. Israel is most useful to the US when embattled and fearful of destruction at the hands of the Arabs, and that is not likely to change any time soon.

On the question of how the impossible horror of the Palestinian (and especially Gazan) people may be ended, I have no answers. I can only hope that someone does.