Israel says it will not allow the ships to dock at Gaza, fearing the cargo might contain weapons and other items it wants to prevent reaching Hamas.
That’s from a BBC News piece updating the world on relations between Turkey and Israel.
Does anyone else see the problem with Israel’s decision to preemptively kill people who might have weapons for militants? Is Israel the sort of country from Speilberg’s Minority Report where the military operates on reports from psychics?
In my opinion, the best way to deal with a aid ship that might have contraband is to allow it to dock, point a warhead-laden rocket at the ship and search it bow to stern thrice over. If it’s clean, allow the goods to pass. If it’s dirty, well, you just started an international crisis where you are the victim.
It sure beats “death from above” commando tactics in international waters, doesn’t it?
Here in the States, we have a notion of “innocent until proven guilty.” It would serve Israel well to learn this and stop living in fear of her Muslim citizens.