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Thank God Israel stopped those 700 terrorists

What is a man to do who simply loves Israel like a fine wine, an aged cheese, a voluptuous lady?

Over to you, Murdoch man Andrew Bolt:

Jihad was also the spirit on the Mavi Marmara as it sailed for Gaza.

Those on board refused offers by Israel that they dock at an Israeli port so their aid could be checked and forwarded to Gaza. They rejected warnings to turn back. They prepared instead for a deadly confrontation.

Arab television showed one woman on board exulting: “We await one of two good things – to achieve martyrdom or reach the shore of Gaza.”

Added another passenger, Yemeni professor Abd al-Fatah Nu’man: “These are people who wish to be martyred for the sake of Allah. As much as they want to reach Gaza, the other option is more desirable to them.”

They got just what they wanted, then, as did Hamas and its chief backer, Iran.

Iran, needing attention distracted from its nuclear weapons program, pumped out instant YouTube footage of this Israeli “atrocity”.

Meanwhile, Hamas spokesman Samil Abu Zuhri called for a global “intifada”: “We call on all Arabs and Muslims to rise up in front of Zionist embassies across the whole world.”

And in capital cities around Australia, we yesterday saw the new front open as angry demonstrators took the streets.

So what, you may scoff. A few of the usual hotheads.

But see this time how many of our politicians, journalists and “thinkers” are on the wrong side of this front.

See how willingly they’ve surrendered to an Islamist plot more effective than any Bali bomb.

11 comments ↪
  • those zionists's logic as weird as any extremist's anywhere…

  • vaa

    A sign of desperation , Andrew Bolt could've been wiser to wait the release of those 700 [terrorists] for their version of what happened .

    BTW: The Israeli's video clip lacks the time stamp , which is necessary to put these events into prospective ,as for weapons on board the chip ? Kitchen knives and spanners !!!!

    a released witness account of what happened :

     

    Arriving at Istanbul's Ataturk airport with her one-year-old baby, Turkish activist Nilufer Cetin said Israeli troops opened fire before boarding the Turkish-flagged "ferry Mavi Marmara, which was the scene of the worst clashes and all the fatalities. Israeli officials have said that the use of armed force began when its boarding party was attacked.

    "It was extremely bad and very tough clashes took place. The Mavi Marmara is filled with blood," said Cetin, whose husband is the Mavi Marmara's chief engineer.

    She told reporters that she and her child hid in the bathroom of their cabin during the confrontation. "The operation started immediately with firing. First it was warning shots, but when the Mavi Marmara wouldn't stop these warnings turned into an attack," she said."

     

     

  • vaa

    As more of the detainees are released , the truth is starting to emerge :

    Israeli MP’s terror on aid ship

    "Haneen Zoubi said Israeli naval vessels had surrounded the flotilla’s flagship, the Mavi Marmara, and fired on it a few minutes before commandos abseiled from a helicopter directly above them.

    Terrified passengers had been forced off the deck when water was sprayed at them. She said she was not aware of any provocation or resistance by the passengers, who were all unarmed.

    She added that within minutes of the raid beginning, three bodies had been brought to the main room on the upper deck in which she and most other passengers were confined. Two had gunshot wounds to the head, in what she suggested had been executions."

  • Adam

    The logic may be weird, but it's utterly consistent.

    It's never Israel's fault, no matter how illegal their actions are.

    After all only an anti-semite would question Israel's right to flout international law, launch aggressive wars against their neighbours at the drop of a hat and annex their land if it looks like a convenient thing to do, kill anyone in their way (regardless of whether they happen to be in international waters or inside a hotel in a neutral third country).

    The only thing that's shocking about the whole event is that people are shocked by it. Has there been a conflict that Israel didn't target aid workers and the United Nations? Ever?

  • Kevin Charles Herber

    Bolt never offends me…I never read a single line of the tosh he writes, as I haven't on this occasion.

    Reacting to his tripe is exactly what Rupert wants.

  • Nadia

    peace to all….

    one thing …I do not know where is the logic of zionism?

  • Peter D

    See how willingly they’ve surrendered to an Islamist plot more effective than any Bali bomb.

    Last I noticed, the main thing the Bali bombing did was to turn Australian anti-Iraq-war sentiment around 180 degrees. Beforehand our reluctance to war on Iraq was brewing , and set eventually to boil; afterwards we reluctantly accepted the need to go and whup Saddam's ass.

    So, my point is – first 9/11, then Bali – those Islamists are total, like, silly-billies, aren't they?

  • ej

    So who was behind 9/11 and Bali?

    and, while we're at it, the recent sinking of the South Korean ship?

  • Mallee

    ej,

    be carefull, they will soon call you a 'conspircay theorist' and you will have Professot Clive Williams of ANU and people like John Huxley at the SMH linking you to false lunar landings', area 51, Elvis ran off with Marilyn Monroe and lives in the South of Tasmania with Harold Holt as their butler and Dianne was a soviet mole. Even Michael Duffy from ABC "counterpoint' might think you are an 'avenging alien' running around blowing up buildings with a fiece breath of flame.

    Then again you could just refer them to some decent discusion that you will not find in the Australian media, that is deliberately giving aid and comfort for the  protection mass murderers.

    See how our freedom loving 'mates', the Russians handle it on Russia TV; Cross Talk at;

    http://www.infowars.com/crosstalk-on-911-whodunit….

    Spend the 29 minutes also thinking of what our subservient politicians are doing to our boys in war zones.

  • Peter D

    Straight out of  The New York Times:

    Among his supporters at the rally, most of them in their 20s and 30s, suspicions run deep against the president and the United States, South Korea’s longtime protector.

    “I don’t think North Korea did it,” said Lee Soo-hong, 39, who said he was between jobs. “I think the United States is using this incident to control South Korea.”

    (towards the end, here: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/02/world/asia/02se… )

  • Mallee

    There are quite a  number of suspicions about the the sinking of the South Korean ship, not discusse by our mass media.

    The cynicism of the 20-30 year olds may save the world with luck , as they distrust the historic lies of the controlled media and look to genuine reliable internet news and openly discuss topical matters with the rest of the world. Perhaps they have heard of the 'Gulf of Tonkin' incident and the US lies following the non event, which resulted in over 56,000 US deaths and abut 550 Aussies. Of ourse, there were also about a milllion Vientnamese casulaties. Now what did that achieve?

    WMD's anyone? Concocted war on terrorism anyone? Oh well, wtf, we need to do-over Iran for Israel and corporate oil, after all, we are spillig too much at the moment and need to replace it from somewhere.

    Subservient warmongering politicians are betraying Aussies with the assistance of the Mass Media.