Monday, 7 June 2010

Suicide protesters

Israelis are all too familiar with suicide bombers. Did the Gaza Flotilla activists on the Mavi Marmara include a hard core of suicide protesters? It's beginning to look that way. If so, they delivered an ironic propaganda victory for the serial human rights abusers in Turkey and the Arab world. As if that wasn't quite cynical enough, remember the Turks are still quite keen on buying Israeli weapons...

I still think the Israeli operation was terribly botched. With better planning, loss of life could have been avoided. The possibility that some of the activists actively wanted "matyrdom" just underlines how much more careful they needed to be.