Standing back looking at the situation: Israel has established a long standing blockade of Gaza. A turkish-backed aid convey attempted to BREAK through it. Attempting to break through a blockade appears highly irresponsible and antagonistic; especially having been warned they would be intercepted. Ensuring agreement of safe passage of ANY aid convey past ANY blockade that needs to be traversed is the ONLY responsible means of ensuring tragedies like this do not occur. Approaching a military presence and failing to listen to their instruction puts all parties in a very difficult situation. Risk was assumed by the aid convey not only approaching the blockade (without agreement being reached ahead to ensure safe passage) but then attempting to break through it. Choosing to ignore military instruction at sea will almost certainly lead to being boarded. What did the aid convey expect? I find the parallels to piracy highly tenuous. Piracy is an opportunistic act for net benefit. The boarding of this aid convey is to the contrary on both counts. Aid conveys must run their operations in a responsible fashion. Doing so will remove the risk of such tragedies transpiring. It is painful to read about what has happened here as it could so well have been avoided. Groups that fail to act in the interests of the international community should be held accountable. Setting sail as an aid convey without safe passage being agreed with nations that have blockades that need to be traversed should not be viewed as acceptable. International community step up – take responsibility by the horns so such events do not happen!
- 6:49 PM