Saturday, June 19, 2010
Israel Navy probe into flotilla attack concludes that the Israeli commandos were too polite
by Larry Geller
"The soldiers wanted to wear their ceremonial uniform, they expected to engage with the passengers in conversation, and that was a defect," a military official told Israel Radio. "In light of the situation that developed they acted accordingly." [Haaretz, Navy probe finds serious defects in Gaza flotilla raid, 6/20/2010]
Dressed in riot gear, they rappelled down from helicopters in the dark of night, shooting and dropping concussion grenades. But the conclusion seems to be that they didn’t get to hold their polite conversations with the activists they killed.
Yeah, I can vouch for this report. The Israeli attackers DID want engage with polite conversation with the passengers and perhaps to sit down over a can of Budweiser and sing Hatikvah, and so on. Unfortunately, what transpired what a complete accident. Their grenades dropped by mistake out of their pockets and in an attempt to make them explode harmlessly, they shot nine passengers in the face, on deck, - some reportedly in the face and some in the back.
As the dead and dying lay on the deck, the soldiers refused them medical attention on the grounds of Heath and Safety that specified that only registered medical practitioners should give first aid to the injured and dying. The soldiers were inconsolable in their grief.
All in all, it was a tragic mistake that was the result of many factors. One of which was that the Israeli helicopters mistook the civilian aid ship for an Iranian battle cruiser on its way to close the Strait of Hormuz. The secondary error was to drop unannounced in the dead of night onto a ship in international waters when, in point fact, the soldiers were only having a dip in the ocean before attacking the Iranians.
The final error or judgement was to believe that although they were outside the law, any killing of civilians would, in any event, be investigated by their own officers. So, no sweat!
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