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Where Next for Fake Freedom Flotillas?



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AEI’s Danielle Pletka asks . . .

. . . what we would do if a flotilla made its way toward Guantanamo to deliver aid and comfort to the victims of American aggression, illegal detention or some such. And if that flotilla ignored warnings to turn away and refused to allow U.S. security to board peacefully to examine the contents. And if, once boarded, those on the boats attacked our servicemen. It hasn’t happened — yet. But why not?

After all, the flotilla wasn’t really about the Palestinians. If it were, then why not float a shipment to the refugee camps in Lebanon? And it’s not really about rights. If it were, then why not protest Hamas’ treatment of girls in U.N. Relief and Works Agency camps? The spokeswoman for the flotilla made clear that the mission was more about Israel than it was about actually helping anyone; indeed, the flotilla refused to dock for inspection and transportation of goods to Gaza (maybe they were worried someone would think bulletproof vests and night-vision goggles were not educational). It’s not even about getting food and medicine to the Palestinians, something Israel facilitates already.



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