From the" words are important" department
Yesterday on Fox News Channel's special report, Charles Krauthammer argued that the term humanitarian should not be applied to ships whose soul intent was to break the blockade of Gaza. Krauthammer's analysis is spot on, and he makes it clear that the entire affair had nothing to do with providing aid to Gazan's, but was intended to provoke Israel.
CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: The fundamental deception here is the use of the word "humanitarian." As we saw, humanitarians don't wield iron clubs and would have killed the Israelis had the Israelis not drawn their pistols in self-defense. But there's a larger issue here. What exactly is the humanitarian crisis that the flotilla was actually addressing? There is none. There's no one starving in Gaza. The Gazans have been supplied with food and social services, education, by the U.N., by UNRWA, for 60 years in part with American tax money. Second, when there are humanitarian needs, the Israelis allow every day food and medicine overland into Gaza. The reason that it did not want to allow this flotilla is because, as the spokesman for the flotilla said herself, this was not about humanitarian relief, it was about breaking the blockade.
While the traditional media collectively bleat about Israeli aggression, security analysts at Stratfor concur that the entire operation was a publicity stunt designed to put Israel on the defensive in the court of public opinion. Two of the most damning facts to those that label the blockade runners as "humanitarian" is that food and supplies go into Gaza daily and the Israelis had offered to deliver the flottila's goods after inspection to ensure that no weapons were part of the shipment.
Traditional media will continue to misuse the words "peaceful" and "humanitarian" and as more information becomes available, it is clear that the words are nothing more than props for terrorists.