Israel stopped a contingent of Hamas supporters who tried to run a blockade bringing money and supplies into Gaza. Cynthia McKinney figures prominently in their number:
The Israeli navy intercepted a ship carrying foreign peace activists – including a San Rafael woman – trying to break a blockade of Gaza on Tuesday and forced it to sail to an Israeli port, the military said.
A statement said the Greek-registered freighter Arion ignored a radio message from the Israeli military saying it would not be allowed to enter Gaza waters and ordering it to turn back.
Also on board (in addition to a Marin County resident) is former U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mairead Corrigan Maguire and other activists from Britain, Ireland, Bahrain and Jamaica.
Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor said Israel was planning to free the crew and passengers. “Nobody wants to keep them here,” he said. “They will be released as soon as they are checked.”
The Free Gaza Movement has organized five boat trips to Gaza since August 2008, defying a blockade imposed by Israel when the militant group Hamas seized control of the territory from its Palestinian rivals in June 2007.
This blockade running is a stunt, of course. Unlike sieges of old, Israel is not imposing a blockade in order to cause the citizens of Gaza to experience famine and disease. The amount of government-sanctioned money flowing into Gaza from all points of the world is staggering. In 2009 alone, Saudi Arabia promised $58.9 million; President Obama (bless his little Leftist heart) promised a staggering $900 million; and, ‘tho I can’t find 2009 figures, as little as two years ago, Europe was giving annual aid at the 500 million Euro level. None of this, of course, is chump change. If the Palestinians had spent it wisely, they could have had a true Utopia. As it is, because they are a mix of corruption and murderous hatred, they’ve created a foul dystopia.
But I digress. Given the money that pours into Gaza, and given that Israel allows food, water and electricity to flow into that hate-filled territory, why the Israeli blockade? Only useful idiots would fail to see that the blockade is a desperate effort to prevent arms from flowing into Gaza. As it is, despite the blockade, Israel deals with thousands of rocket attacks annually. One only shudders to think what would happen without a blockade.
I’m willing to believe that the useful idiots on that ship have nothing to do with arms smuggling. Frankly, they’re too dumb to be trusted with what is, after all, a delicate task. They are cover, pure and simple. Hamas has discovered that there’s no better way simultaneously to hide and support their murderous agenda than to encourage the belief on the part of the credulous on the Left that Palestinians are victims of a genocidal Israel plot. One of the hallmarks of Leftists, both those who are informed and committed, and those who are merely stupid, is the inability to realize that not all Goliaths (that is, all big guys) are bad, and not all Davids (that would be the little guys) are good.
As I’ve said time and again in this blog, it’s not enough to be little. You have to stand for something good to be deserving of the David appellation and the world’s assistance. Right now, there are Davids in the world, but they are the Iranian citizens facing the guns and axes of their own government in an effort to bring some small measure of freedom to their totalitarian corner of the world.
Somehow, though, I don’t think I’ll see Cynthia McKinney and her fellow-travelers making a stand for Iranian citizens any time soon. She takes her cue from our President, who seemingly has never met a totalitarian government he hasn’t liked.