Kurt Nimmo
June 1, 2010

“Dozens of passengers who were aboard the Mavi Marmara Turkish passenger ship are suspected of having connections with Global Jihad-affiliated terrorist organizations, defense officials said Tuesday, amid growing concerns that Turkey will dispatch Navy warships to accompany a future flotilla to the Gaza Strip,” reports the Jerusalem Post.

Turkey is a NATO member state with a modern military.

It is interesting the Jerusalem Post — a documented propaganda outpost for American neocons — would link Turkish warships and the the so-called “Global Jihad,” itself a creation of the CIA, Mossad, and other assorted “intelligence” agencies that specialize in covert false flag operations.

In other words, according to the Post, Turkey will be facilitating “terror” — providing protection for the delivery of humanitarian aid — to Palestinians who are routinely characterized as terrorists. Is it possible Israel will respond in kind and dispatch warships of its own? Is it possible there may be high explosive fireworks on the Mediterranean in the coming days?

“During its searches of the Mavi Marmara on Tuesday, the military also discovered a cache of bulletproof vests, night-vision goggles as well as gas masks. On Monday morning, nine international activists were killed during the Navy’s takeover of the Mavi Marmara which was trying to break the Israel-imposed sea blockade on the Gaza Strip.”

Here Israel is essentially saying Turkey either allowed or put this equipment on the Mavi Marmara.

“Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s prime minister, says the vessels were all carefully searched before they left Turkey,” the Los Angeles Times reported on May 31. “These boats that left from Turkey and other countries were checked in a strict way under the framework of the rules of international navigation and were only loaded with humanitarian aid,” he was quoted as saying by Al Jazeera, adding that there was no one on board “other than civilian volunteers.”

Are the Israelis calling Recep Tayyip Erdogan a liar? If so, the neocon Post should clarify.

The Post, of course, didn’t bother to mention that the blockade is illegal under international law. Never mind the proclamations of the United Nations — United Nations human rights chief Navi Pillay said last year Israel is violating the rules of warfare with its blockade — the criminal blockade is illegal under the Fourth Geneva convention dealing with the collective punishment of civilians.

The blockade has “contributed to a humanitarian crisis, deepened poverty and ruined the economy,” explained Human Rights Watch in a letter sent to then Israeli Prime Minister Olmert in 2008.

For American neocons and Israeli Likudniks, of course, the Palestinians are terrorists and terrorists are not allowed human rights. International law does not apply to them. Ask the 72% of innocent detainees the neocons threw in Gitmo.

“The group of over 50 passengers with possible terror connections have refused to identify themselves and were not carrying passports. Many of them were however carrying envelopes packed with thousands of dollars in cash.”

No independent confirmation of this allegation will be allowed by the Israeli military. “Yesterday, the activists were kept in a detention facility in the port of the town of Ashdod in southern Israel. The port area was declared a closed military zone; therefore, lawyers were not allowed to access the activists yesterday. According to the most recent information, the majority of the activists are being held in ‘Ella’ prison facility in the town of Beer Sheva,” the Ethiopian Review reports.

Greek activist Michalis Grigoropoulos explained how the Israelis forced activists to sign papers apparently in Hebrew they could not read. If they did not cooperate, they were beaten. Is it possible the activists were signing papers admitting they were part of the “Global Jihad”? If so, will the Israelis use these “confessions” to make their case? Is grass green?

“The military is working to identify the passengers and is looking into the possibility that some of them have ties with Global Jihad-affiliated terror organizations and that some were involved in past global terror attacks. Some of them are apparently known Islamic extremists.”

Again, the Post and the Israeli military offer absolutely no evidence. But then the neocons offered fabricated evidence that Saddam had WMDs and millions of gullible Americans believed it thanks to a complaisant corporate media with skilled disinfo assets like Judith Miller at the New York Times. So far over a million Iraqis have paid for the lies of the neocons.

“This is the group that was behind the violent lynch against the naval commandos,” a defense official told the Post. “They came on board the ship prepared and after they had trained for the expected Navy takeover.”

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No Israeli commandos were “lynched,” an act that usually results in death by asphyxiation. But then it is possible the Israeli defense official “misspoke” — Newspeak for telling lies and getting caught — or maybe he was not every good with the English language.

If the Global Jihadist peace activists trained for the Israeli military “takeover,” why did they have kitchen knives and wood batons (or so Israeli propaganda claims today) instead of AK47s and RPGs?

Finally, the Post, citing the Israeli military, reports that ships now steaming toward Gaza will “be intercepted the same way the flotilla was stopped on Monday morning” (emphasis added). In short, more activists will be killed.

“According to the sources, the Navy, in a future operation will use more force to prevent ships from reaching the Gaza Strip” (emphasis not in original).

More force? Maybe Israel will blow the ships out of the water? Kill everybody and let God sort ’em out?

“We boarded the ship and were attacked as if it was a war,” one officer said. “That will mean that we will have to come prepared in the future as if it was a war.”

If you’d like a glimpse of how this will work, look at Lebanon, Gaza City, and the Palestinian refugee camps. Ask the Shi’ite Muslims of Beirut that had their apartment blocks leveled by fighter jets manufactured by Lockheed Martin.

However, this time around, it may prove to be a bit more difficult than simply lobbing missiles and artillery at unarmed civilians and grade school kids cowering in basements.

Turkey now promises to provide naval support for aid deliveries to the Gaza Strip. “If Turkey is promising to send new supplies with naval escort, then we’re headed for an epic showdown between two of Americas closest allies,” opines AlterNet.

Militarily speaking, Turkey is no push-over. It has a modern military and is an active member of NATO.

Back in the old days of unchallenged Israeli hegemony, the legendary general Moshe Dayan said: “Israel must be a like a mad dog, too dangerous to bother.”

Now the mad dog has competition. But there is a catch.

Israel has hundreds of nuclear weapons, including those of the thermonuclear variety. “”If left to its own Israel will have no choice but to fall back on a riskier defense which will endanger itself and the world at large,” said an economic adviser to former Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir. “To enable Israel to abstain from dependence on nuclear arms calls for $2 to 3 billion per year in U.S. aid.”

Can a country that considers itself a mad dog and engages in nuclear blackmail be trusted?

In the next few days we may find out.

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