A Collage of Lies
I was in the process of finishing up a middling piece on the Turkish government’s feigned outrage over Monday’s Israeli commando raid. It seems callously opportunistic coming from a party that refuses to acknowledge the Armenian Genocide, has a long history of cooperation with Israeli intelligence, and an even longer one of brutality against the Kurdish people. I got distracted when I came across the Israeli Ministry for Foreign Affair’s Flickr page. The images on display consist of a hodgepodge of weapons–most of which look less threatening than what Macaulay Culkin deployed in Home Alone–and a few particularly menacing brown-folk. Even taken at face value, the amassed photographic evidence isn’t all that compelling, but for authoritarian personalities, minds stunted by blind allegiance to race and nation, no evidence is dubious enough not to exonerate the Israeli Defense Force.
From Ibn Kafka’s blog we know that even these photographs are deliberately doctored and misleading. Let’s belabor that point:
According to this digital image’s tags, the photograph was taken February 2006. But even if it wasn’t, it would seem wise, and not especially provocative, for people getting shot at to don bulletproof vests.
What innocent reason could there be for having an axe aboard a ship?
Here is the Israeli ministry’s caption, “Some of the weapons found onboard the Mavi Marmara, used to attack Israeli soldiers.” Evidently, with North Korean aid, the jihadis have begun to deploy pepper spray without even opening the package. Pepper spray: dangerous enough to strike fear into the hearts of the Israeli state, but not enough to make midnight short cuts through Central Park advisable.
These may look like glorified butter-knives, but as you can tell by the CD ROMs at the bottom of the image, these obviously had some sort of computerized honing capabilities. Also, note the strategic placement of the Saudi flag and the keffiyeh.
Why ever would you need an electric saw on a frigate besides to cut the bones of innocent armed commandos?
Night vision equipment. Contraband, because only terrorists would want to see in the dark. Wait, this one is from 2006 too.
This was a miniature Islamo-fascist’s battle axe. They neutralized him with white phosphorus deployed from an eye dropper.
Back to the first image. Even if time and space intersected in such a way that those bulletproof vests photographed in 2006 were miraculously on the Mavi Marmara, they wouldn’t have done the deceased any good. Israeli soldiers executed nine aboard the vessel at close range with bullets to the head. And now they mendaciously insult our collective intelligence. מספיק. Enough.