06 June 2010

face it

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U.S. President Barack Obama has been personally and deeply involved in the U.S. response, speaking with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu three times since the crisis began.

"There's an intensive effort being made here to make sure this incident doesn't have any effect on our common interests," an Israeli official told The Cable on background basis.

In their first call, Netanyahu simply informed Obama that he wouldn't be able to make his planned trip to Washington. In their second call, the Israeli prime minister gave a detailed explanation of what happened on the
Mavi Marmara, the Turkish vessel where Israeli troops say they were attacked with knives, wooden clubs, and long metal rods-and fought back with lethal force, killing at least 10 activists. The two leaders' third call was to discuss and coordinate strategy on how to deal with Monday's emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council, which early Tuesday morning issued a statement on the incident that represented something less than what Turkey and Arab countries had demanded.



  1. Roger Waters -

    "Over the new year 2009-2010, an international group of 1500 men and women from 42 nations went to Egypt to join a Freedom March to Gaza. They did this to protest the current blockade of Gaza. To protest the fact that the people of Gaza live in a virtual prison. To protest the fact that a year after the terror attack by Israeli armed forces destroyed most of their homes, hospitals, schools, and other public buildings, they have no possibility to rebuild because their borders are closed. The would be Freedom Marchers wanted to peacefully draw attention to the predicament of the Palestinian population of Gaza. The Egyptian government, (funded to the tune of $2.1 billion a year, by us, the US tax payers), would not allow the marchers to approach Gaza. How lame is that? And how predictable! I live in the USA and during this time Dec 25th 2009-Jan3rd 2010 I saw no reference to Gaza or the Freedom March or the multi national protesters gathered there. Anyway I was moved, in the circumstances, to record a new version of " We shall overcome". It seems appropriate.

    Roger Waters


  2. Wonder if this would change his tune...

    Ex Marine gives his account

    DGPNorth aka: Doug

  3. I wish that Marine would put that tattooed fist through Obama's teeth.


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