The Quickening

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I knew there was going to be trouble–big trouble–when it was reported that Israeli was sending commandos to intercept a pro-Palestinian aid ship. The ship carried a mixture of journalists, protestors and aid-workers who’s goal was to break the Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip.

During the operation, 10 people–perhaps more–were killed, presumably from Israeli gunfire. Military night vision cameras show commandos rappelling onto the deck of one ship and then being immediately engulfed and beaten. The commandoes carried paint-ball guns, probably loaded with pepper-dust, but some felt so endangered that they resorted to lethal weaponry. Some even jumped into the ocean.

I knew that little good could come from this. Israel was bound to appear a bully, even if all went peacefully. Yet if they allowed the ships to pass, they would be allowing the reinforcement of Hamas, the Palestinian state government that has declared war on Israel. Now, Israel’s allies are calling for inquiries and the usual totalitarian, End of Times  Islamic nations are calling for Israel to be treated like the Jewish hero Sampson in the hands of the Philistines. Perhaps even more worrisome is the Turkish Prime Minister, Tayyip Erdogan, calling Israel’s actions, “state terrorism.”

There was no winning here, only varying shades of defeat.

Several things should stand out to rational people (something decidedly scarce when it comes to the Iraeli/Palestinian conflict).

1) Israel, with all of its past political troubles, knew how dangerous this mission was, politically and militarily. This is proof enough that intentionally killing the people on the ship would be out of the question. Israel knows where it stands in the eyes of the world–especially with an American administration in place that hasn’t displayed the usual pro-Israel leanings.

2) If, in fact, Israel didn’t care about political outcomes and international backlash, they could have just sunk the ships instead of placing their own soldiers in danger.

3) The people on board the ships knew, too, that Israel was in a no-win situation. They immediately attacked the commandos, and I’m sure the protestors knew full well that they’d garner plenty of international sympathy.

I’m usually resistant to hyperbolic Doomsday forecasts. But I honestly cannot remember another time where everything seemed to be going so wrong. I have a pretty good sense on these things. Sometimes I can’t always put it into words, but for whatever reason I’m good at seeing outcomes. I don’t know the outcome of all that’s going on in the world, but I don’t think it’s good.

Hopefully my Spidey Sense stops tingling, and soon.


9 thoughts on “The Quickening

    Amos Volante said:
    May 31, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    The only doom here is that Israel, like all governments, must learn to adapt instead of being as predictable as an old junkyard dog.

    Years of fine tuning their military and receiving unquestioned support from the US may have them sleeping behind the wheel.

    They’ll wake up if they keep screwing up at this level.

    magus71 responded:
    June 1, 2010 at 7:34 am

    And the Palestinians will play this to the hilt.

    Bet people won’t try to run the blockade again though. That was dumb, too, though they know they have libs and the media on their side, along with the same country that always seems to agree with our libs: Iran.

    Jaimie Gould said:
    June 1, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    They are sending another ship. Egypt is going to let it through(Egypt and Isreal were working together on the blockade). Isreal said they would use more force the next time. This one is getting big…fast.

    magus71 responded:
    June 1, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    I hope Israel hits it with a missile.

    Jaimie Gould said:
    June 1, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    The UN has a proposal to get Isreal to disarm their nuclear capability which the administration says it supports. Within a few days there are calls of bringing Iran and Syria into the peace process. Meanwhile it was recently found that Iran has had enough nuclear fuel for at the least 1 nuclear weapon and they have for about nine months. Then looking back at the US the Department of Justice will not even say Jihad is justified (infact an advisor said this ) or that teerorists don’t exist or whatever the hell he was trying to say. All I can say is WTF!?!?

    Jaimie Gould said:
    June 1, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    I bet that boat will not be able to stop an Exocet. I bet Isreal has come up with something better. Probably A Mirv that splits into 50 flying Great White Sharks with 50 gigawatt lasers attached to their heads. There is no defense for that.

    Jaimie Gould said:
    June 1, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    ” US the Department of Justice will not even say Jihad is justified” Meant to say the DOJ has at least one saying that Jihad is a Justified tenant of Islam.

    magus71 responded:
    June 1, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    Wait to see where we are in 4 years. I don’t expect it to be a better world than today. The Coming Anarchy is in full gallop.

    And our enemies know we’ll do nothing.

    Amos Volante said:
    June 2, 2010 at 3:03 am

    My money is on the Exocet: 600:1 odds…

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