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Guatemalan sinkhole 1, June 2010

Posted by thegulfblog.com in Random.
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That’s quite the hole.

Hat tip: Sultan Al Qasseimi.

Israel’s video of the flotilla 1, June 2010

Posted by thegulfblog.com in Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.
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A few thoughts:

  • Those engaging in anti-Israeli diatribes need to stop portraying the flotilla as Mother Theresa on a boat. I’ve no doubt that some of the people on the boat knew perfectly well that the Israelis would have to do something; I think that some were counting on that fact. Indeed, they came prepared (see below)
  • Those engaging in pro-Israeli diatribes need to stop portraying the flotilla as a haven for terrorists. This sounds weak, utterly desperate and does not at all ring true.
  • In the above video from the Israeli Foreign Ministry they show the “armaments” of those on the flotilla: sling shots, a thin looking stick and a metal pipe. By highlighting this pathetic array of “weapons” the Israelis are woefully harming their own cause as they look absurdly brutish killing however many of them because they were having marbles flicked at them.
  • Clearly, someone attacking you with a pipe could be dangerous but are those on the flotilla sailing in International Waters not allowed to protect themselves? And, again, how were these vaunted soldiers so woefully unprepared?
  • This is yet another spectacular debacle for the IDF. There is just no other way to put it. Horrific over-kill pinning Israel ever more into a corner.
  • Israel cannot so continuously and so gratuitously flout International Law yet expect it to be upheld by others.
  • My overriding feelings on this topic as a whole is an utter lack of comprehension as to how a people who have suffered so much, certainly not just in the last 60 years, can inflict such suffering on others.