“Cause out on the edge of darkness,
there rides a peace train
Oh peace train take this country,
come take me home again”
Cat Stevens/Yossouf Islam
Events surrounding the “Freedom Flotilla” tragedy continue to unfold, but the world is already flooded with demonstrations, denunciations and calls for retaliation. The Israeli attempt to board six civilian ships for security reasons resulted in 9 dead and over 30 injured. It has been dubbed by most news outlets as “deadly,” “inhuman,” or a “disproportionate use of force” at best.
Condemnations have come from virtually all diplomatic circles. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon denounced the violence and demanded explanations. Russia’s Foreign Ministry dubbed it a “gross violation of international law.” Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak decried the use of excessive and unjustified force, and Turkey said its relations with Israel may not recover due to this “inhumane attack.” Continue reading