Arab and Turkish journalists and media are big time lairs and biased to the core
By Mike Evans
On May 31, Israel walked straight into a trap—a trap set by a group of so-called activists determined to break Israeli attempts to halt the flow of arms and war materiel into the Gaza strip.
Having been warned in advance that the intent of the Free Gaza movement flotilla was to shatter the Israeli blockade, the IDF prepared to board the ships and divert them to Ashdod for inspection. A member of the Free Gaza organization credited with launching the flotilla, Greta Berlin, clarified the intent of the group: “We’re not trying to be a humanitarian mission.”
Apparently, Israel was ill-informed that the ship carried 700 pro-Palestinian activists prepared to do whatever necessary to reach their goal. American-born pro-Palestinian activist Hawaida Arraf threw down the gauntlet with the assertion: “We fully intend to go to Gaza regardless of any intimidation or threats of violence against us. They are going to have to forcefully stop us.”
According to Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon “the armada of hate and violence in support of the Hamas terror organization was a premeditated and outrageous provocation. The organizers are well-known for their ties to Global Jihad, Al-Qaeda and Hamas. They have a history of arms smuggling and deadly terror. On board the ship we found weapons that were prepared in advance and used against our forces…”
A number of the passengers aboard the Mavi Marmara Turkish passenger ship suspected of having connections with Global Jihad-affiliated terrorist organizations have refused to provide proper identification to the Israeli authorities. Many were carrying envelopes containing thousands of dollars in cash.
During a search of the ship on Tuesday a cache of bulletproof vests, night-vision goggles, and gas masks was discovered. A defense official stated, “This is the group that was behind the violent [attack] against the naval commandos. They came on board the ship prepared and after they had trained for the expected Navy takeover.”
When confronted by the Israelis, five of the six ships’ captains diverted to Ashdod; the sixth was decidedly on a mission of defiance. Obviously, the mistake made by the IDF was to assume that the voyagers on board the Mavi Marmara were a charitable group. Rather, it was loaded with pro-Palestinian terrorists, not with the specified humanitarian agenda, and determined to create an international media incident.
The IDF deployed about a dozen soldiers with the intent of taking the bridge and diverting the flotilla to the Israeli port. Instead, the troops fell into the hands of an angry mob of rioters armed with clubs, knives, scissors, pepper spray, and with side arms after having disarmed several IDF soldiers.
The Israelis boarded with non-lethal paintball guns, the kind used by teens on paintball courses, and pistols they never thought they would have to unholster. Video shows the unsuspecting IDF paratroopers being assaulted as they reached the deck. One IDF soldier was thrown over a railing to a deck 30 feet below.
In a statement by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, he reiterated that this was “a clear case of self-defense because as our soldiers were inspecting these ships, they were attacked—they were almost lynched. They were attacked…and they had to defend themselves—they were going to be killed. Israel will not allow its soldiers to be lynched and neither would any other self-respecting country.”
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Israel has maintained the 4-year blockade to halt the flow of weapons from Iran to Hamas, its armed and funded proxy in Gaza. In November 2009, the Israeli navy intercepted a huge cache of weapons headed from Iran to Hezbollah and Hamas onboard Francop, a German container ship. The markings on the materiel discovered were clearly Iranian. The ship carried some 3,000 missiles including Katyusha rockets.
The Israeli embargo against Gaza has become more powerful than rockets; it created the perfect storm, the Vietnam, for the State of Israel. The secular media, which has always been prone to call terrorists “activists,” only encourages such actions.
In 2008, Israeli President Shimon Peres held a “Facing Tomorrow” conference to which he invited some of the most noted thinkers in the world. One of the conclusions of the meeting was that wars of the 21st Century would be fought first as a media war, secondly as an economic war, thirdly as a proxy war, and finally with boots on the ground. Israel has lost this media war and is well on the way to losing the economic war.
Israel ceded Gaza in hopes of achieving peace in the region; its hopes were dashed. Hamas continued to lob some 1,200 missiles across the border at innocent Jewish civilians. Despite the ongoing provocation, Israel has allowed food and humanitarian supplies into Gaza through the Red Cross and UN.
This skirmish came amid plans for a meeting between Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Barack Obama. The aim of the summit was to keep Iran at the top of the agenda, not the Palestinian Authority.
Iran found the perfect means to distract the liberal media—create a flag-waving, humanitarian crisis. The resulting propaganda-driven riots worldwide would certainly take attention from the IAEA announcement that Iran now possesses more than two tons of enriched uranium—enough for two nuclear warheads.
If you were sitting in the seat of power in ancient Persia, what would you do when confronted with new sanctions against your nuclear program? You would sponsor a David-versus-Goliath flotilla—a media extravaganza—carrying a Nobel Peace Prize winner, an American activist, and a Holocaust survivor. Central casting could not have done it better.
The question becomes: When is a humanitarian mission not a humanitarian mission? It fails the test when it is peopled with terrorists on a suicide mission.
Soldiers were met by well-planned lynch in Gaza waters
So-called Humanitarians started attacking Israeli Soldiers with live fires, batons and sticks when they boarded their ships suddenly becoming Terrorists with a Smile
Army says at least 10 activists killed, dozens injured, six Navy commandos wounded as protesters open fire in violent Israeli takeover of Gaza flotilla; Al Jazeera broadcasts footage.
International activists aboard the flotilla of ships on their way to the Gaza Strip opened fire on IDF soldiers who boarded the ships to prevent them from breaking the Israeli-imposed sea blockade, the IDF said Monday.
According to the IDF, the international activists “prepared a lynch” for the soldiers who boarded the ships at about 2 a.m. Monday morning after calling on them to stop, or follow them to the Ashdod Port several hours earlier.
According to IDF reports, at least 10 activists were killed during the ensuing clashes. Six Navy commandos were also wounded, some of them from gunfire and at least one was in a serious condition with a head wound. Foreign reports claimed that the number of dead was close to 15. Some of the wounded were evacuated to Israeli hospital by Air Force helicopters.
Upon boarding the ships, the soldiers encountered fierce resistance from the passengers who were armed with knives, bats and metal pipes. The soldiers used non-lethal measures to disperse the crowd. The activists succeeded in stealing the weapon from one of the IDF’s soldiers and reportedly opened fire, leading to an escalation in violence.
Al Jazeera on Monday broadcasted footage from the Gaza flotilla’s lead vessel, the Mavi Marmara, showing Israeli Navy commandos boarding the ship. Helicopters could also be seen flying overhead.
“It was like a well-planned lynch,” one IDF officer said. “These people were anything but peace activists.”
The IDF said that the ships would be taken to the Ashdod Port where, despite the violence, the cargo that are carrying will be inspected and then transferred to the Gaza Strip via land crossings. Israeli Navy commander Vice-Admiral Eliezer Marom was commanding over the operation from sea.
The Navy made initial contact with the flotilla at 11 p.m. on Sunday ordering the ships to follow them to Ashdod Port or otherwise be boarded.
The actual boarding of the ships took place at 2 a.m. Monday and was yet to be completed by 8 a.m.
Activists aboard the ships repeatedly said they would not respond with violence to the navy’s interception of their flotilla prior to the boarding.
Al-Jazeera reported Turkish leaders called an emergency meeting to discuss responses to the attack at sea. The Israeli ambassador in Turkey was called in to offer explanations, according to a report.
Hamas Prime Minister Haniyeh came on Al-Jazeera to condemn the “brutal attack” and called on the UN to intervene on the activists’ behalf.
The ministry condemned Monday’s raid on the ship carrying pro-Palestinian activists, called it unacceptable and demanded an “urgent explanation” from Israel. It says Israel violated international laws and will suffer consequences.
Move by Turkey gives Putin way to keep treaty organization at arm’s length
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As Turkey, a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, turns away from its Western links, it is aligning itself more and more with Iran, Syria and Russia, especially because of its quickly developing energy and trade connections to the central part of what was the old Soviet Union, according to a report from Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.
From a strategic standpoint, the development gives Moscow an opportunity to further undermine a plan by NATO to spread its security arrangement further east in a region Moscow considers to be its sphere of influence.
During a recent visit to Moscow to meet with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan signed multi-billion dollar agreements on trade and energy.
While both parties agreed to increase trade from the current $35 billion to $100 billion within the next five years, the most significant development was an agreement in their strategic relationship on energy cooperation.
In addition to concessions on various pipelines between the two countries, Erdogan pledged to pursue Russian construction and operation of Turkey’s first nuclear power plant.
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The Turks were left with little choice but to involve Russia more in its energy future, given that Turkey imports some 70 percent of its natural gas from Russia.
That dependency also gives the Russians considerable political and economic leverage over Ankara and increases Moscow’s influence over Europe’s energy future through greater control of existing and proposed pipelines that provide European countries with more than 40 percent of their energy needs.
Various pipelines with Turkish participation as a gate to the West, however, are but one source of control Russia is exhibiting over the Turks.
The more significant one is Russia’s proposal to construct and operate Turkey’s first nuclear power plant.
Erdogan and Putin signed a commitment to construct the nuclear power plant, even though there is some domestic opposition due to the existing heavy reliance on Russia for energy.
The plant is to be built on the Mediterranean coast near Akkuyu. A consortium to construct the nuclear power plant includes Russia’s Atomstroyexport, Inter Rao Eus and Turkey’s Park Teknik.
Putin said that Russia had “significant advantages over the competition” to build the nuclear plant in Turkey. In one sense, he was alluding to the virtual energy grip Moscow enjoys over Ankara.
BY NICOLAS BIRCH
Case Alleging Generals Participated in a Plot to Bring Down Government Puts Spotlight on Future of Secular Democracy
ISTANBUL — Fifty-six alleged coup plotters, including two retired four-star generals, are set to go on trial Monday at a high-security prison in Turkey in a case that has exposed deep fissures over how to assure the future of Turkey’s secular democracy.
Dubbed “the trial of the century” in the Turkish media, it has split the country between those who see the case as the beginning of the end of decades of military meddling in politics, and those who believe the charges are trumped up by a government with Islamist roots that is determined to undermine Turkey’s secular guardians.
Many in the country, ranging from Muslim conservatives to secular-minded Turks, support the case as an important step in bolstering a civilian democracy.
The trial is expected to continue for months.
Prosecutors accuse the generals, the highest-ranking officers charged in Turkey’s 63-year history of multiparty democracy, of leading a conspiracy aimed at toppling the government of the Justice and Development Party, or AKP, in power since 2002.
The lawyer for a key figure in the case, former military police chief Gen. Sener Eruygur, described the charges against her client as “malicious lies.”
Turkey’s military has toppled four governments since 1960, and was empowered to protect Turkey’s secular order in the current constitution, drafted by a military junta in 1982. But a decade of political changes aimed at bringing Turkey in line with European Union norms have weakened its grip on power.
Meanwhile, the military command itself has become divided about its proper role in Turkey’s changing political system: While some officers have become more authoritarian and anti-Western, others favor a moderate approach.
Analysts say the unprecedented arrest of dozens of active and retired soldiers in connection with the alleged conspiracy wouldn’t have been possible without the consent of the Turkish military’s current chief of staff, Gen. Ilker Basbug.
The investigation into the alleged group of plotters, dubbed Ergenekon after a legend concerning the Turks’ Central Asian origins, has polarized the country since it began in June 2007 with the police discovery of a weapons cache in an Istanbul suburban house belonging to a military petty-officer.
Many secularists say the investigation is a scheme sponsored by the government to discredit secular rivals, starting with the army. The government denies this.
Others see the arrests and prosecution as a test of the EU candidate country’s march toward a fully civilian democracy. The military denies links to Ergenekon.
In another twist last week, pro-government newspapers alleged that members of a board responsible for appointing magistrates were trying to stifle investigations by removing prosecutors in charge of the Ergenekon case. A spokesman for the board denied the allegations.
On Saturday, thousands of protestors marched in central Istanbul, chanting, “Keep your hands off our prosecutors.” A mixed crowd of Muslim conservatives and left-leaning Turks brandished placards that read, “No to military coups.”
“For years, soldiers have breathed down the necks of people in this country,” said Emel Caliskan, a 22-year old student. “But we are not children: if we like a party, we vote for it. If we get fed up with it, we vote it out.”
With friction between Turkish state institutions on the rise, even Turks who see the Ergenekon case as a crucial step toward a civilian democracy in Turkey fear it may do as much harm as good — essentially putting a political decision into the hands of the courts.
“The court case has projected social polarizations onto the judicial system, diminishing its already fragile reputation for independence,” said Umit Cizre, an academic who has written books on civilian-military relations. “There is nobody left to trust.”
The indictment made public in March charges the group with alleged provocations that included ordering grenade attacks on a secularist newspaper in May 2006 and the murder of a judge the same month.
The judge’s murder, blamed at first on Islamists, sparked outrage. At his funeral, AKP cabinet ministers narrowly escaped an angry crowd. Within months, millions of secular-minded Turks had taken to the streets to protest the government.
But in December 2008, Turkey’s High Court of Appeals ruled that the man another court had sentenced to life in prison for the killing should be retried as part of the Ergenekon conspiracy. According to the indictment, the murder had been a provocation dreamed up by members of Ergenekon to convince the public that Islam was a threat.
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