(More) Turkish Flotilla Links
Though I generally try to ignore the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, curiosity WRT the recent Turkish flotilla incident did get the better of me, and sent me trawling through the blogosphere for other people’s takes. (I have yet to form one of my own.) Some links I found noteworthy:
- Ongoing discussion at SWJ.
- Stratfor’s take, which draws an interesting comparison to Exodus (the modern-day book/movie, not its Biblical namesake).
- Zenpundit re. Israel’s failure to understand 4GW.
- Danger Room’s discussion of Israel & information warfare.
- A somewhat sympathetic article from Slate.
- Galrahn deems Israeli’s boarding “stupid, but legal“, and offers further thoughts.
- CDR Salamander: “When non-lethal goes lethal.”
- Blake Hounshell: ” Why the Gaza boat deaths are a huge deal.”
- Five thoughts from Anthony Bubalo.
- Abu Muqawama re. Israel’s PR blunder, plus this choice graphic on “Fast-Roping 101.”
- Julian Ku re. why Israel’s boarding wasn’t piracy.
- A couple of posts by reliably pro-Israel law blogger David Bernstein, here and here. The latter brings to mind Machiavelli’s dictum, “Never do an enemy a small injury” (which, AFAIK, wasn’t really concerned w/ PR fallout, but which still seems somewhat appropriate).
My first thought when reading of the incident was Nos. 1a & 1b of “Niven’s Laws:”
1a) Never throw shit at an armed man.
1b) Never stand next to someone who is throwing shit at an armed man.