reply to post by MidnightTide
Would you therefore deny that people are suffering in Gaza, and remain unsupported with even the most basic supplies due to the blockade? Do you
believe that Israels terrorisation of the population of Gaza, under the banner of preventing attacks by a tiny minority, is any more justified than
the rocket bombing of Israeli citizens?
Do you think it is appropriate for Israel to act in an unjustified manner, while bullishly demanding that everyone look the other way, simply because
they are surrounded by Arab states?
I have to confess, I find support for this blockade to be less and less justifiable as time wears on. This is not a matter of Israel protecting
itself from harm. This is a seige blockade, keeping those that Israel veiws as a lower form of life, in poverty and fear. It serves no other purpose.
There is no reason to prevent peaceful aid vessels, which contain no dangerous items, and are specifically NOT running guns to terrorists, from
reachig port and delivering thier cargo. It CANNOT be justified.
All the Israeli navy would have to do, in order to ensure that the vessels that come through are actually carrying aid supplies and nothing else, is
search the damned vessels. Not a tricky task if thorough training is implemented after all, since such things happen at ports any way. Its called port
authority customs officialdom. All the Israelis would have to do is conduct searches of the ships incoming to the port, and clear those that contain
no guns, bombs, ammunition, and so on, for entry into the restricted zone. There is no reason also, why representatives of the Israeli Navy could not
be sent along with the cargo to ensure that the holds are not then filled with terrorists who have been hiding out, waiting for a chance to escape the
strip and attack via a different route after a months holiday in Turkey or Syria, or God help us, Iran.
The only reason the Israelis have, for not conducting themselves in a more even handed and humane manner in this matter, is that honestly, they think
the residents of the Gaza Strip to be utterly beneath thier concern. The upper tiers of thier command structure enjoy the idea of these poor
unfortunate people starving, freezing, or burning to death. They must, or else they would do something to truely help them. The fact that they do not,
means they must be exactly the kinds of psychopaths we all worry that they are.