'Freedom Flotilla': Jihad And A Floating Trojan Horse
In what can best be described as The Gaza Flotilla Op, a predicatable international hue and cry has ensued, with Israel in the same crosshairs that saw the flotilla off in the first instance. Those most loudly condemning Israel are the quietest when it comes to acknowledging the violent nature of the 'protesters' aboard the boats that the Israeli Navy boarded. They were violent, and some of them Islamists waging jihad and seeking martyrdom.
This morning, Caroline Glick provides the most salient perspective. To understand what is afoot, one must read her column in full.
The reality is simple and stark. Israel is the target of a massive information war, unprecedented in scale and scope. This war is being waged primarily by a massive consortium of the international Left and the Arab and Islamic worlds. The staggering scale of the forces aligned against us is demonstrated by two things.
The Hamas abetting Free Gaza Web site published a list of some 222 organizations that endorsed the terror-supporting flotilla. The listed organizations from the four corners of the earth include Jewish anti-Israel groups as well as Christian, Islamic and nonreligious anti-Israel groups. It is hard to think of any cause other than Israel-bashing that could unite such disparate forces.
It is indeed an information war. It has been ongoing for decades and is now merely in crescendo. And America's treatment of what must be considered a former ally, Turkey, must be reconsidered as the increasingly Islamist government continues its drift into partnership with Iran. Rather than duplicate the thought in other words, consider Caroline's crystal clear understanding regarding Turkey, the flotilla and the IHH. (See also: ITIC: IHH - a Turkish humanitarian relief fund with a radical Islamic anti-Western orientation.)
As to the flotilla, the challenge it presented was nothing new. Israel has been confronted by suicide protesters for a decade now. The fact that these pro-Hamas activists intended to commit suicide to discredit Israel on camera was made clear by the fact that the Turkish organizers named the lead ship Rachel Corrie.
So too, the fact that IDF forces boarding the ships would be met by trenchant, violent opposition was knowable simply by looking at Turkey's role in the operation. First of all, the Turkish government-supported NGO behind the operation is IHH. As the US government, the Turkish government in the 1990s, the Investigative Project on Terrorism and countless other sources have proven, IHH is a terrorist organization with direct links to al-Qaida and Hamas. Its members have been involved in terrorist warfare from Chechnya and Bosnia to Iraq and Israel. The notion that IHH organizers would behave like radical leftist anti-Israel demonstrators on university campuses is simply ridiculous.
Moreover, there is Turkey's behavior to consider. Since Obama took office, Turkey's gradual slide into the Iranian axis has sped up considerably. Turkey's leading role in the flotilla, and the Erdogan government's ostentatious embrace of IHH - which just a decade ago Turkey banned from earthquake relief efforts in light of its violent, jihadist mission - made clear that the Erdogan regime would use any violence on board the ships as a way to strike a strategic blow at Israel's international standing.
More later. For now, if you are seeking understanding of events, proceed with clear understanding that the "Peace Flotilla" was anything but, organized by jihadists and those who sponsor them, playing upon Western sensibilities with manufactured crisis and heavily spun news. A master stroke in an information war, for the majority consuming are unaware and therefor shape the opinions the jihdis desire.
ThreatsWatch readers know better. And know more.
UPDATE: Perhaps readers have seen this video already, but in the event you have not, listen/read carefully to a discussion foretelling deadly resistance before the incident.
With thanks to Palestinian MediaWatch for the video above.
Also see Doug Ross today, who has more videos that are quite damning to the 'flotilla' and its supporters, if the world dares consider the information amid the comfort of condemning Israel.
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