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April 22, 2013 - 8:03 am

We’re in the very best of hands.

[Secretary of State John] Kerry told his hosts in Turkey that he understands the pain of the families whose loved ones were killed aboard the Marmara – and added that he can understand their pain well, having just dealt with the families whose loved ones were slain in Boston.

The Marmara was the boat that originated in Turkey and tried to run Israel’s Gaza blockade in May 2010. Israeli commandos boarded it on suspicion that it was ferrying weapons to Hamas in Gaza, which would be used in attacks on Israelis. Nine were killed in the raid. But as you can see here, those activists on that ship were not blown up while doing something innocent like trying to finish a marathon. They were preparing weapons for the raid, and attacked the Israeli forces as they came onto the ship.

The flotilla itself was an Islamist — terrorist — operation. Turkey’s current government bears more than a whiff of Islamism itself.

This flotilla was not interested in helping the people of Gaza. It refused to land the cargos in Israel and have them passed across the border after inspection. Rather, the goal was to help Hamas. A key role in the flotilla was played by the IHH, an Islamist group that has been involved in terrorism, backed by Turkey’s government.

These ships were intercepted by Israel’s navy and after warnings were seized. On all of the ships this happened without any injuries except on the Mavi Marmara, where radical jihadists with weapons had sworn to fight. They attacked the arriving soldiers, injured several, and took a couple of soldiers hostage. At that time the soldiers opened fire and several Turkish citizens were killed.

Comparing the Marmara raid to the Boston bombing is obscene.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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@Tlaloc
Pirates operate without sanction of a government authority. The forces stoping the flotilla were under control of the IDF. Unless you are claiming that Israel, which is a member of the U. N. is NOT government then it is not piracy.

Hamas is launching rockets against civillian targets in Israel which may constitute a crime against humanity. If Gaza is a defacto nation this is a casa bella which would permit Israel to reply with a blockade to prevent military material from being imported. If Gaza in not a defacto nation then Egypt is the injured party.

Under international law if a blockade is breached it may not be reinstituted for a significent period of time. That is why Israel stoped the ship.

It is unlikely that the purpose of the blockade is to starve the Palestinians since they are able to import food from Egypt without any interference or objection from Israel. Unless you are accusing Egypt of attempting to starve Gaza there is no reason that a ship whose mission was to bring food to Gaza could not make landfall in Egypt and ship the food overland to the Gaza crossings.

It also should be noted that Israel is supplying Gaza with electricity, unless rocket attacks shut down the power station. This seems odd if Israel is trying to starve Gaza.

It would be most useful in the future if you would take the trouble to refrain from using incorrect language.
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Motive ? Means? And opportunity?

John Kerry, Vassal to the Liege Lord Obama, heir to the royal court of Camelot. John Kerry in the foot steps of predecessor Hillary Clinton presumptive heir to their Messiah.

Should we expect anything less from an old hand at the games of Court. This model of probity, truthfulness, honour, humility and respect for the value and dignity of his fellow men?

This "Democrat" who embraced whole-heartedly the opportunities available in "The Land of Opportunity". Who CHANGED his name and history to serve for a career in politics in Massachusetts, the bailiwick of the Kennedys?

His trajectory with the greatest benefits of them all in politics. Marriage, consecutively, to two women who "just happen" to be billionaries, by definition politically "Democrats", i.e ordinaries of the People.

What else is a "Democrat" to do. American is after all "The Land of Opportunity". N'est-ce pas? The question is, as vassal to Lord Obama what are his/their MOTIVES for the displayed means?
1 year ago
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Kerry continues to support ruination and misery worldwide...

Aaron Klein the investigative journalist wrote in WND on 31 May 2011:

"The flotilla was organized by the Free Gaza Movement, a coalition of leftist human rights activists and pro-Palestinian groups engaged in attempts to break a blockade imposed by Israel on the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip.

Ayers, Dohrn and Evans’ Code Pink have led several recent Free Gaza Movement initiatives, including attempted marches into the Gaza Strip. Dohrn was in the Middle East just last month on behalf of the movement.

In January, WND reported Ayers, Dohrn and Evans were involved in provoking chaos on the streets of Egypt in an attempt to enter Gaza with the Free Gaza Movement to join in solidarity with the territory’s population and leadership.

The three helped to stir riots after the Egyptian government refused to allow a large number of protesters to enter neighboring Gaza. Eventually, the protesters accepted an Egyptian offer of allowing about 100 marchers into Gaza. Once in the territory, those marchers were reportedly met on the Gaza side by Hamas’ former Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh.

At the time of the march, Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., wrote a letter in support of a “humanitarian delegation from Massachusetts” to Gaza. Members of Ayers’, Dohrn and Evans’ group documented on their blogs how Kerry’s letter was used at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo while attempting to pressure Egypt to let their group into Gaza.

See http://www.wnd.com/2010/05/160661/#wfDffpamByXvMqtG.99
1 year ago
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Type: the article was from 2010, not 2011.
1 year ago
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I wonder how long it will take Kerry to realize he is now Secretary of State and not the Senator from Mass????
1 year ago
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When in Turkey, do like the Turkeys.
1 year ago
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Netanyahu made it clear that the tragic results regarding the Mavi Marmara were unintentional, and that Israel expresses regret over injuries and loss of life. In light of the Israeli investigation into the incident, which pointed out several operational errors, Netanyahu apologised to the Turkish people for any errors that could have led to loss of life and agreed to complete the agreement on compensation.
1 year ago
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Y'know, I take Kerry for dumb as a bag of rocks which is just how this reads at first, but it's also mildly clever, if only by accident, exactly *because* the Turkish fleet *was* a terrorist act, so this is, if you will, a highly diplomatic way of pointing out to the Turks that they *are* terrorists.

Though in the modern interpretation of blaming the victims, such subtlety is probably worse than lost on the Turks.
1 year ago
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JOHN KERRY COMPARES ISRAELI COMMANDOS TO THE BOSTON MARATHON KILLERS

So according to ass-kissing Kerry the IDF commandos who killed nine violent Jew hating flotilla jihadists hellbent on illegally breaking a naval blockade to help genocidal Hamas terrorists are no better than the two Boston Marathon jihadists who killed and maimed scores of innocent Americans? Actually, coming from the man who compared our heroic troops in Vietnam, and their noble mission of fighting Communism, to savage, bloodthirsty, Mongol hordes we shouldn't be shocked or surprised.
1 year ago
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You left out a few key terms :
"The Marmara was the boat that originated in Turkey and tried to run Israel’s ILLEGAL Gaza blockade in May 2010."
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blockade_of_the_Gaza_Strip#Legal_arguments)

"Israeli PIRATES boarded it on suspicion that it was ferrying weapons to Hamas in Gaza, which would be used in attacks on Israelis."

FYI no military weapons were found on the ship. It was a relief convoy bringing food to starving Palestinians, but of course the Israeli blockade's goal was to starve them so it had to be stopped...

"But as you can see here, those activists on that ship were not blown up while doing something innocent like trying to finish a marathon. They were preparing weapons for the raid, and attacked the Israeli forces as they came onto the ship."

They were attacked by pirates in open water while bringing food to starving people. You're damn right they fought back. That you side with the pirates is despicable.
1 year ago
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Tlaloc: where's your "/sarc" tag?
1 year ago
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Tlaloc: where's your "/sarc" tag?
1 year ago
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There you have it, sinners. The total, unbiased truth straight from a completely reliable source. Repent now!
1 year ago
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A drunk Ted Kennedy could do better than this guy...
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