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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Saturday, June 05, 2010


I hesitated to post based on the initial Turkish reports fearing inaccuracy from bias (which there was,) but some of the wounds in the Israeli boat boarding indicate a pretty brutal series of events.

Some of the activists indeed took three or four bullets with at least a couple delivered from short range to the head. Single shots to the head might indicate simple attempts to kill, but shooting someone to the head at less than two feet, after they've already been shot several times, indicates a massacre.
Nine Turkish men on board the Mavi Marmara were shot a total of 30 times and five were killed by gunshot wounds to the head, according to the vice-chairman of the Turkish council of forensic medicine....

The results revealed that a 60-year-old man, Ibrahim Bilgen, was shot four times in the temple, chest, hip and back. A 19-year-old, named as Fulkan Dogan, who also has US citizenship, was shot five times from less that 45cm, in the face, in the back of the head, twice in the leg and once in the back. Two other men were shot four times, and five of the victims were shot either in the back of the head or in the back, said Yalcin Buyuk, vice-chairman of the council of forensic medicine.

This is still based on Turkish reports, but it seems a bit more believable with a little distance, and someone putting their name and reputation behind it.

Related: The Israelis board and seize the next ship headed for Gaza without incident.


  • If this blockade must be continued (for reasons I don't grasp), why not place the policing of it in the hands of a third party?

    Or is the whole issue somehow beyond all that? I'll confess the Israel/US/Palestine/Iran drama is beyond me.

    By Blogger r8r, at 8:48 AM  

  • 沒有一件事情是好的或壞的,是想法改變了一切。 ..................................................

    By Blogger 寶堅強皓, at 1:25 PM  

  • The Israelis operate on the belief that they must be an unbroken stone wall and that any sign of anything but the hardest edge will lead to a threat against them.

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 2:38 PM  

  • Kinda like Republicans then?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:10 PM  

  • There is a striking similarity between the unyielding bunker mentality of victimhood expressed by rightwing Israelis and that expressed by Cheney/Bush and the neo-cons here in the US. "The entire world is bent on our destruction, therefore it is morally permissible for us to do anything we see fit to thwart anything we perceive as a threat."

    It is a violent, emotional, paranoid world-view spun around a kernel of rational fear. Ironically, the execution of this world-view often becomes a self fulfilling prophecy... Overreaction to perceived threats become the successful recruiting tool for your real enemies.

    By Blogger -epm, at 11:14 AM  

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