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    Israel attack on gaza aid ship: US 'deeply regrets' loss of life - Telegraph

    "The United States deeply regrets the loss of life and injuries sustained, and is currently working to understand the circumstances surrounding this tragedy," said White House spokesman William Burton.

    President Barack Obama was in Chicago for the Memorial Day holiday. He had been scheduled to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the White House on Tuesday but that meeting was now in doubt as Netanyahu considered returning home to handle the crisis.

    Britain's Foreign Secretary William Hague also deplored the loss of life in the incident.

    He said: "I deplore the loss of life during the interception of the Gaza flotilla. Our embassy is in urgent contact with the Israeli government.

    "We are asking for more information and urgent access to any UK nationals involved.

    "We have consistently advised against attempting to access Gaza in this way because of the risks involved. But at the same time, there is a clear need for Israel to act with restraint and in line with international obligations.

    "It would be important to establish the facts about this incident and especially whether enough was done to prevent death and injuries.

    "This news underlines the need to lift the restrictions on access to Gaza in line with UNSCR (UN Security Council Resolution) 1860."

    UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said he was "shocked" by the Israeli raid.

    "I am shocked by reports of killings and injuries of people on boats carrying supplies for Gaza," the UN chief said at a press conference following the opening in Uganda of a key conference on the International Criminal Court.

    "I condemn this violence," Mr Ban added, as an Israeli television channel reported that as many as 19 pro-Palestinian activists may have been killed in the Israeli military raid.

    "It is vital that there is a full investigation to determine exactly how this bloodshed took place. I believe Israel must urgently provide a full explanation," he added.

    Other international reaction to the incident:

    PALESTINIAN PRESIDENT MAHMOUD ABBAS:

    "What Israel has committed on board the Freedom Flotilla was a massacre."

    He declared three days of official mourning for the dead.

    TURKISH PRESIDENT ABDULLAH GUL:

    - Mr Gul said in a statement that Ankara is demanding an inquiry into the violent interdiction of the Turkey-backed convoy and the punishment of the culprits.

    - Turkey said on Monday it had called for an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council.

    ARAB LEAGUE CHIEF AMR MOUSSA:

    - Amr Moussa called on Monday for an emergency meeting to discuss what the body that groups 22 Arab states described as Israel's "terrorist act".

    "The Arab League strongly condemns this terrorist act."

    IRANIAN PRESIDENT MAHMOUD AHMADINEJAD:

    - "The inhuman acts of the Zionist regime against Palestinians and preventing humanitarian aid to the Gaza people does not show the strength of the Zionist regime but shows its weakness," Ahmadinejad told state broadcaster IRIB. "All these acts indicate the end of the heinous and fake regime and will bring it closer to the end of its existence."

    FRENCH PRESIDENT NICOLAS SARKOZY:

    - "The President of the Republic expresses his profound emotion in the face of the tragic consequences of the Israeli military operation," Sarkozy's office said. "He condemns the disproportionate use of force and addresses his condolences to the families of the victims," it said.

    ITALIAN FOREIGN MINISTER FRANCO FRATTINI:

    - "I deplore in the strongest terms the killing of civilians. This is certainly a grave act".

    GERMAN GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN ULRICH WILHELM:

    - "The German government is shocked by events in the international waters by Gaza..."

    - "Every German government supports unconditionally Israel's right to self defence," said Wilhelm, but added that Israeli actions should to correspond to what he described as the "basic principle" of proportionality.

    EUROPEAN UNION:

    - "High Representative Catherine Ashton expresses her deep regret at the news of loss of life and violence and extends her sympathies to families of the dead and wounded," said a spokesperson for Baroness Ashton, the EU's foreign policy chief.

    - "On behalf of the European Union she demands a full enquiry about the circumstances in which this happened... The continued policy of closure is unacceptable and politically counter-productive. She calls for an immediate, sustained and unconditional opening of the crossing for the flow of humanitarian aid, commercial goods and persons to and from Gaza," the spokesperson said.

    THE VATICAN:

    - "This is a very painful fact, in particularly because of the loss of human lives," said chief Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi. He said the Vatican was against violence "from whatever side it comes".

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    ^Simply condemning actions such as these wouldn't help. 3 months later after another Obama speach, an oil spill and a hurricane people wouldn't even remember this.
    Sadly that is the truth.

    Like I said, the middle east is a hell hole. Atleast it has oil.

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    ^Simply condemning actions such as these wouldn't help. 3 months later after another Obama speach, an oil spill and a hurricane people wouldn't even remember this.
    Sadly that is the truth.
    It's interesting to note that in all those cases, all the Obama administration has been able to do is offer token condemnation while in reality covering up for the criminals: the coup in Honduras, BP oil spill, the banking scandals etc.

    This what the "change" he promised amounts to: slightly more progressive words, but complete inaction.

    Be interesting to see how long his supporters can put up with it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Curzon View Post
    Like I said, the middle east is a hell hole. Atleast it has oil.
    You never thought the two might be connected?
    "Of course we spent our money in the good times. That's what you're supposed to do in good times! You can't save money in the good times. Then they wouldn't be good times, they'd be 'preparation for the bad times' times."

    "Every country in the world owes money. Everyone. So heere's what I dont get: who do they all owe it to, and why don't we just kill the bastard and relax?"

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    Never really liked israel. I have nothing against the people or jews or whotever, but the country itself is freaking psychotic to an excessive degree.

    Everything they do is "self defense", supposedly, but they go far, far, far beyond whot would be deemed as acceptable force in the process. If they hear a twig snap in the forrest, they shoot at it with a tank. If they hear a terrorist or two MAY be in a city, they shell it into the ground, and prevent aid from going to the mass civilian casualties on the off chance it may go towards the people they were firing at in the first place.

    While I can understand that they're in a position surrounded by people that want to kill them, their actions kind of give a pretty good reason to WANT to kill them off. Time and again, consistently, they overreact and show no pity nor remorse for mass slaughter of civilian targets. Considering their use of force and terror to attain their goals, they honestly should be considered to be terrorists.

    The surrounding areas aren't much better, but really, I can't put israel on any kind of high pedestal and claim they're any better than the rest out there. If they weren't the jewish homeland, by now the states would've invaded them already instead of iraq.

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    Israel's attack on the peace flotilla in open seas has got to be a violation of international law.
    The United States must cut off military aid to Israel now. Israel receives more military aid from the United States than does any other country on earth, including Colombia. The conditions of the military aid is that it be used for defensive purposes only. Clearly, Israel has violated these terms on more than one occasion. Israel has not been properly sanctioned for its violations. It's time for that free pass to be shredded.
    Then the United Nations needs to investigate this unprovoked attack.
    And, while we're on the topic of Israel, that is a country that ought to be visited by weapons inspectors. It has nuclear weapons. These must be dismantled, the sooner the better.
    Israel has proven that it's a loose cannon in an unstable part of the world.
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    There's footage of the raid on the internet now. It looks like only 10 were killed though, not 30. I'm glad most of the international community and U.N. are condemning it quickly. Obama has a meeting with Netanyahu tomorrow... I hope he steps up his game.

    Mavi Marmara VIDEO: Footage From Israeli Raid On Gaza Flotilla

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    Quote Originally Posted by ajblaise View Post
    There's footage of the raid on the internet now. It looks like only 10 were killed though, not 30. I'm glad most of the international community and U.N. are condemning it quickly. Obama has a meeting with Netanyahu tomorrow... I hope he steps up his game.

    Mavi Marmara VIDEO: Footage From Israeli Raid On Gaza Flotilla
    Netanyahu cancels upcoming meeting with Obama - CNN.com



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    NETANYAHU!!! :steam:

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    This will not end well...
    But it will at least be poetic, I suppose...

    Hmm... But what if it does end well?
    Then I suppose it will be a different sort of poetry, a preferable sort...
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    Who is surprised?

    In any case Obama could discipline Israel immediately if he wanted to, regardless of Netanyahu cancelling a meeting, because they are dependant on US funding. But he has no real wish to, because they share too many common interests. Despite some cosmetic changes, Obama has continued neo-con foreign policy in every significant way.

    This calls for my old avatar:

    "Of course we spent our money in the good times. That's what you're supposed to do in good times! You can't save money in the good times. Then they wouldn't be good times, they'd be 'preparation for the bad times' times."

    "Every country in the world owes money. Everyone. So heere's what I dont get: who do they all owe it to, and why don't we just kill the bastard and relax?"

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