I wish the IDF would have tailed the Marmara flotilla with drones 24/7 for intel on the ships and the activists' intentions while on the open seas and then boarded them only as they entered the imposed 20 mile limit, but Israel already relayed that they did not have the expertise to stop such a breach by so many vessels without potentially endangering the safety of the boats. Also, there was more of an element of surprise noted by the passengers to be boarded earlier than expected. BTW, it still shouldn't be news to you that this is a war zone between the militant proponents of Hamas's Charter of Death & Destruction of Israel and the IDF countermeasures. The provocateur shahids and their opportunistic planners were hell bent on appearing like angelic beings delivering aid to the needy Gazans, aid that ended up collecting dust at the Gaza border because Hamas' nose was out of joint over the outcome of the operation and the more important world cup was soon to be underway. Remember there was no aid on the Marmara, just hyped up Islamic fanatics who made sure to take innocent civilians along for cover for the dirty deeds they planned against the IDF. I recommend that you don't show up to a local protest with steel pipes, chains, knives, and axes and not only disobey repeated police warnings to vacate a closed off area of conflict but to also start beating the police with your weapons and throwing them around, as you might get fatally shot too. The activists on board the other vessels were more normal and the IDF didn't have to resort to using their paintball guns or pistols on them.
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