Israel's attack on a relief flotilla calls to mind another bloody incident.
Israel may well have felt that they could hijack foreign-flagged ships in international waters and murder foreign citizens without cause and evade the consequences because they have gotten away with it before. 34 Americans on board the USS Liberty were murdered by Israel in a failed attempt to trick the US into war against Egypt, and not only did then-President Johnson not hold Israel to account; he actively aided the cover-up of that crime!
So here we are with Israel again committing acts of piracy or acts of war (take your pick) on the high seas against American-flagged ships. 19 people are dead, 60 wounded, and 9 American citizens languish in Israeli jails, isolated from family, friends, the media, and as of this writing, their lawyers. And as far as we can tell, President Pussy Obama, like President Johnson, is bowing and scraping to help get Israel off of the hook for their barbarous actions.
Quite a far cry from 1904 when Ion Perdecaris was kidnapped by Mulah Raisuli and President Teddy Roosevelt sent 7 battleships to invade Morroco if need be, stating, "This government wants Perdicaris alive or Raisuli dead."
The time has come for the American people to demand to know the nature of the "Special Relationship" between Israel and the United States; to demand to know why Americans are impoverished while Israel is enriched on our taxes, why our government still refuses to admit Israel has nuclear weapons even as the British press publishes proof of Israel's attempted nuclear sale to South Africa, how it is that Israel can attack and kill Americans during the Lavon Affair, USS Liberty, USS Cole, Beirut, 9-11, and finally how Israel can so often trick America into war on Israel's enemies such as Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan, etc. and not arouse the anger of the US Government.
All this election season I have been saying that American needs leaders who will put America first, second, and third. This crisis precipitated by Israel is a test of the resolve of America's leaders to take care of America and Americans and so far the entire government right up to the Oval Office is clearly wanting for the courage and resolve to deal with this latest atrocity. Ever ready to invade the unoffending nations Israel wants invaded, the US Government stands mute and impotent before a real attack on Americans in international waters.
The voters need to demand why.