There were no humanitarian supplies aboard the Mavi Marmara.
Nine activists were killed after they had brutalized and captured three Israeli commandos.
The flotilla consisted of 7 ships. Only 4 carried any cargo.
The Defeny, a cargo ship, carried mostly hospital equipment, beds, wheelchairs, crutches and 4 tons of medicine.
The Defeny cargo was not in containers or properly stowed on pallets. The supplies were thrown in piles where some of it was crushed under its own weight. Many of the medicines were past their expiration dates.
The other 3 cargo ships carried construction equipment, construction materials and rubble from demolitions intended for re-use – old toilets, sinks and the like.
Videotaped interviews with the Captain and a ships officer can be seen at the Israeli Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center website.
Iran Revolutionary Guards Ready to Escort Gaza Ships – Reuters
In chemistry, a catalyst is an element that has a profound effect on its surroundings simply by its presence. The world has lost a catalyst and the rogue regimes know it. Since the founding of the nation, Israel has been able to rely on the staunch support of the United States. Any nation that would provoke war with Israel could expect the U.S to bring to bear whatever necessary to save Israel from extinction. Just our presence at Israel’s’ side, nothing more, had a profound effect on how far a nation like Iran would go in their quest to drive Jews out of the Mid-East.
However, Obama has signaled the withdrawal of full commitment to Israel. Iran is seizing the moment by planning a military confrontation at sea. The significance of the catalytic influence for peace that America has had on the world cannot be overestimated, yet it goes widely unrecognized. In fact, by his words and deeds one could presume that Obama believes quite the contrary and is striving to create a better world by diminishing America’s place within it.
Ayatollah Ali Khomeini made the announcement that Iran is prepared to send their elite Revolutionary Guards Naval Unit to confront the Israeli blockade. That it came from Khomeini, not Ahmadinejad, strengthens the threat by lessening the chances if it being a bluff. The potential for war is real.
When dissidents opposed the Iranian election claiming it was rigged, Obama stood with the Iranian government rather than with the more pro-Western dissidents, stressing the sovereign rights of what Obama called the “Islamic Republic of Iran”. If Obama repeats that stance and refers to the sovereign rights of the Republic of Iran, Islamic or not, to protect ships flying the Iranian flag, his stance may be taken by Khomeini as a sign it is safe to proceed. Please note that Khomeini has already announced the flotilla will sail under the flag of Iran, a change from the practice to date.
There are a couple of big “ifs” here, but should war break out Obama will have blood on his hands.