Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Gaza Humanitarian Raid: The Other Shoe Drops

This is why I try not to jump to conclusions.

Particularly when the hue and cry is 'and it is the fault of the Jews.'

From today's news:
"AP INTERVIEW: Turkish aid group had terror ties
The Associated Press (June 2, 2010)

"The Turkish Islamic charity behind a flotilla of aid ships that was raided by Israeli forces on its way to Gaza had ties to terrorism networks, including a 1999 al-Qaida plot to bomb Los Angeles International Airport, France's former top anti-terrorism judge said Wednesday.

"The Istanbul-based Foundation for Human Rights and Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief, known by its Turkish acronym IHH, had "clear, long-standing ties to terrorism and Jihad," former investigating judge Jean-Louis Bruguiere told The Associated Press in a telephone interview.

"Bruguiere, who led the French judiciary's counterterrorism unit for nearly two decades before retiring in 2007, didn't indicate whether IHH now has terror ties, but said it did when he investigated it in the late 1990s.

" 'They were basically helping al-Qaida when (Osama) bin Laden started to want to target U.S. soil,' he said.

"Some members of an international terrorism cell known as the Fateh Kamel network then worked at the IHH, he said. Kamel, an Algerian-Canadian dual national, had ties to the nascent al-Qaida, Bruguiere said...."

'But They were On a Humanitarian Mission!

I don't think that Israel is always right. But I also don't think that saying something's 'humanitarian' makes it so.

I was appalled at the headlines, when it looked like big, bad Israel up and killed 10 nice humanitarian aide workers for no reason at all. I was also - a trifle cautious. 'The Jews' have been blamed for quite a few things over the generations. Sometimes a Jew really did do something bad. Sometimes, if someone is 'divisive' enough to start checking out the facts - we find a 'humanitarian' outfit with terrorist ties.

Folks who are convinced that The Jews poisoned the well, set sheep loose in the wheat, and blew up New York City's World Trade Center probably won't believe that AP article. The most likely explanation, for them, will be that it's part of a Jewish conspiracy.

Other folks may assume that the AP story is part of a plot by the lizard people.

Interesting news, though.

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