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    • Samuel
    • 13.07.10 | 06:13 (IDT)

    is really suspicious. I wouldn't get near it lest it's wired to explode. First, it's suspicious that it's keeping its destination ambiguous, as this deternines its legal status, and everyone is an expert on maritime law these days. It makes no legal difference in who's waters the ship is stopped. Presuming the blockade is legal (and according to judge Goldstone it can be easily argued in any real court that it is not) then a ship can be stopped, searched, and even siezed as soon as it declares an intention of running a naval blockade. The Turkish ship was clear about its destination because it was their aim to be stopped, giving them a chance to a) challenge the legality of the blockade or b) instigate a violent incident to sabotage Israel-Turkey relations. This ship is obveously heading toward Gaza, yet legally this is not clear, and this lack of clarity is shielding it from intercept. Why? What does it really want? Second, the Lybian government has officially washed its hands of this ship, absolving itself of anything bad that happens. Why? What do they expect to happen, sending this ship? My sinsere hope is that the government takes this seriously, this time, I have a bad feeling about this particular ship, especially considering its port of origin.

    from the article: Foreign Ministry advises IDF: Don't stop Gadhafi ship until it approaches Gaza waters
    First published 00:55 13.07.10 | Last updated 00:55 13.07.10
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