Hope in Hysteria
The boarding of the ships in the so-called Freedom Flotilla has caused quite a stir, not least in Sweden. The coverage in the media there is massive, and since I hope to publish on the topic in another forum I wasn’t going to delve deeper into that issue at the moment.
Per Gudmundson writes on the opinion blog of Svenska Dagbladet criticizing Swedish support for the Flotilla, saying that they in fact share some of that responsibility for what happened off the coast of Gaza.
He points out that it was obvious that IHH, the Turkish organization that organized the flotilla, wanted to provoke a violent confrontation with the Israeli marines. IHH has well-known connections to Hamas and even al-Qaida, and – even more specifically – before departing Turkey, IHH’s hired hooligans recorded video messages where they hollered antisemitic slogans and called to violence.
Peace activists, indeed.
This was so obvious that even the Swedish supporters of the Flotilla, however filled with self-righteous rage against Israel they might have been, should have understood. Since they ignored all this and instead pretended as if they were all just on a peaceful humanitarian mission, they legitimized the violence and strengthened the extremists.
I couldn’t agree more. This whole expedition is a highly reckless exercise that does nothing to advance peace in the Middle East – and if the Swedish supporters of the Flotilla really want peace they should reconsider their support for this kind of actions.
Entry filed under: Media.