Saturday, June 05, 2010

Hayden's Hope

As a mother, blessed with beautiful, healthy children I cannot even begin to imagine what some parents are called to endure with their children. I ran across this story, originally, in a local paper and it so touched me that I had to write about it. There is a little girl from a nearby community, named Hayden, who needs all the help she can get. She has been diagnosed with Batten's disease and is not expected to make it much past her fifth birthday; she is now four.

Reading her mother's story brought tears to my eyes and seeing her beautiful picture touched my heart so heavily. This could be any one of our daughters or sons. Hayden's story explains that she was a beautiful, normal, happy child until symptoms started to appear when she was 15 months old. Her family has been fighting for her ever since.

It is important that we take on causes like this, and many others, especially in the looming shadow of Obama Care. The important research and treatments Hayden is benefactor of could be in jeopardy if Obama Care takes affect.

Hayden's loving family has started a foundation to fight Batten's disease, please check out their website. I encourage you to read her story and help in any way you feel led. Remember to keep Hayden and her family in your prayers; there is always hope.

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Ron Johnson On Fox and Friends; The Whole Interview

The other day I posted as much of the interview as I could find. Here is the rest of it. I love how Johnson always comes back to freedom; such a simple word with so much meaning. As a family currently dealing with health issues for our unborn son I find Johnson's story of his daughter's health issues especially moving.



Ron Johnson for U.S. Senate

Afghanistan Update

As usual we have to turn to the foreign press to get detailed information out of Afghanistan. While the British papers do have a Left slant, they are often, if not always, more detailed and thought provoking then their American competitors. The first story I would like to point you to is on the problems our troops face with the M 4, which fires an underpowered 5.56 mm round. Now most veterans can tell you the M 4 is prone to jamming and that you have to keep it meticulously clean to avoid this, which is not always practical in a combat situation.

Another interesting story out of the UK is are we headed down the same path that the Soviet Union's invasion of Afghanistan took? I, and I think many others, probably would say yes. The bottom line is that you do not win wars with a hearts-and-minds campaign. You win by unlimited attack. You fight your enemy until they have no will left to continue the conflict. It worked during WWII and now Germany, Italy, and Japan are not only allies, but successful countries, for the most part, in their own right.

When you approach war with one hand tied behind your back, saddling your troops with burdensome and costly rules of engagement, all you do is prolong the suffering of both sides and increase the body count of your own men. It is time that we take the gloves off or bring the troops home.

I am concerned that our armed forces are being forgotten in Afghanistan and Iraq and for our part we will be trying to post more relevant information on the war efforts and as always God bless our armed forces and remember them in your prayers.

Manitowoc County Air Show

The Manitowoc County Airshow will be June 5th and 6th at the Manitowoc County airport. Admission is $5 per person and kids under five are free with a parent. Come out to the Manitowoc airshow this weekend and spend some quality family time.

We go every year; it is an exciting time for the whole family. We hope you all will come out and enjoy your local airshow. Without continued support we could lose our airshows and a vital connection with the military and our aviation past. There is a variety of activities for all ages.

Here are a couple of photos I took at last year's airshow:



Losing Our History

We are only a few days away from D Day, the greatest amphibious assault in our history. The problem is that we are losing many of our WWII veterans, obviously at a substantial rate. It is important that we write down and record the history of one of the greatest generations; that we not forget their sacrifices or their service to the Republic. How many stories have we already lost, I wonder.

Now-a-days many kids, unfortunately, are not being taught our American history. Let's not lose this opportunity for some real live history. If you have a relative who served in WWII, please take the time to get to know their personal story. Tell it to your kids and get them involved. My wife and I, since our kids were born, have been reading them various history books. Over the last year our children have taken an interest in WWII and in fighter aircraft and it is exciting to see the kids as they learn and interact with history. It is so important that our kids learn about our past so that our Republic has a future.

Sounds Presidential

Founding Fathers Quote

It will be of little avail to the people that the laws are made by men of their own choice if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood, if they be repealed or revised before they are promulgated, or undergo such incessant changes that no man, who knows what the law is today, can guess what it will be like tomorrow.

James Madison

Pence Discusses Gaza Flotilla Incident and Oil Spill on CNN

Washington, DC - U.S. Congressman Mike Pence, Chairman of the House Republican Conference, commented on the Gaza Flotilla incident and the oil spill today on CNN:

Drew Griffin: Congressman Mike Pence, Chairman of the House Republican Conference. That makes you the number three of the House Republicans. Do you know what, we're going to follow the lead of our viewers. They want to know about Israel. And that's something you know a lot about on the various committees. You've been over there many times. You've talked directly with the Palestinians, Egyptians, Israelis. And it's this whole idea about what is happening in Gaza. Israel attacks or gets on or tries to stop these ships, it leads to a mess. Did Israel do the right thing?

Rep. Pence: Thanks for having me on, Drew. No one likes to see the loss of life. No one likes to see military confrontation, but Israel has a right of self-defense. And the reality is that Gaza is essentially an isolated, smaller version of a terrorist state. It launched lethal attacks against Israeli civilians in the form of thousands of rockets, and this blockade has saved lives. I know the focus now is the incident on Monday. People are looking into that, and that will all be discussed. But those of us that believe we need to stand with Israel during this time of crisis believe that preserving the blockade and standing with Israel and her right of self-defense is imperative in this moment. And let's be clear, there's not a humanitarian crisis in Gaza. Israel allows to be transferred or transfers 10,000 tons of humanitarian aid into Gaza every week. The hospitals are fully stocked. The food markets are fully stocked. This flotilla was embarked on a mission to challenge the blockade. S! ecurity forces, Israeli defense forces challenged it, and violence ensued. But ultimately Israel has a right to defend itself.

Drew Griffin: Congressman, even in Congress, this is your fifth term, is that right? You've seen various peace efforts come and go. It's been so frustrating for decades now, and once again it seems we're on the verge of restarting these peace talks, and yet another issue develops where the whole issue flares up again. Are we ever, ever, going to get to a place where the Palestinians, where Hamas will be in a position to negotiate with Israel or if we truly want to get some relief to the Palestinians who are stuck in Gaza, should we not be talking about getting rid of Hamas?

Rep. Pence: Well, let's make a very careful distinction between the Palestinian Authority and the terrorist organization, Hamas. Part of the reason behind this blockade, Drew, is to prevent the flow of arms to the extent they can into Hamas, so Hamas can begin again to use Gaza as a platform for attacks against Israel. There would be a pathway forward for a peace agreement with Israel. It would be very simple if the Palestinian leadership would recognize unequivocally Israel's right to exist and essentially if it would initiate an effort to dismantle terrorist infrastructure within all the areas under their control. The reality here is that while Israel is often demonized by the international community, the Palestinian leadership has it in their authority today, under the rubric of the old roadmap that we all understand so well, to embrace just a couple of basic truths in the public debate and that would facilitate, I believe, a durable peace. But until that happens, then I think we ne! ed to stand by our most cherished ally, Israel, and we need to stand by her ability to defend herself.

Drew Griffin: Let me switch gears really quick. You were an early critic to the Obama Administration response to the oil spill. It's only gotten bigger since then. Do you still feel the same way, that this administration is not doing enough?

Rep. Pence : I believe the administration was slow to respond in the beginning. It took ten days after this incident happened for the president to send cabinet-level officials and the full resources of the federal government into the region. Sadly and astonishingly, the administration continues to be slow to respond. The president I know went to the region, had a press conference last week but, again, what we're hearing from parish leadership in the area, what we're hearing from fishermen, what we're hearing from Governor Bobby Jindal and others, is that, again, you're not seeing the leadership come out of the White House to really begin to drive forward the kind of resources that will be necessary to confront these issues. I saw another network last night literally pulled a local parish leader in with BP, sat them down, and by the end of the meeting BP had agreed to release additional boom that had been tied up and sitting on the shore. This administration, particularly the president,! needs to take a more hands-on approach. BP has a responsibility to restrain the flow into the gulf. They have financial responsibility. But that's our coastline and our president, under the law, is obligated to develop a plan for cleanup and to protect the coast, the families and our environment.

Note: To view this clip, click here.

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

More Good Polling News For Republics

The generic ballot never looked better for the Republican Party, according to Gallup. I think this is just continued proof that we are looking at a massive swing in the house. Seventy seats is probably the low end of expectations now. I really think that we will have 6 of the 8 Wisconsin congressional districts with only the 2nd and 4th out of reach. However, none of this will do us any good if the Republican Party doesn't reign in spending and actually cut the size and intrusion of government.

Catholic League News Release

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS IN NEW YORK CONTACTED;
MOTHER TERESA CAMPAIGN CONTINUES


Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on Day 15 of the protest campaign on behalf of Mother Teresa:

Today I am writing to every Catholic elementary school in the Archdiocese of New York, the Diocese of Brooklyn and the Diocese of Rockville Centre informing them of our protest demonstration on August 26 outside the Empire State Building on 34th Street and 5th Avenue.

The rally is being held to protest the decision of Anthony Malkin, the owner of the storied building, not to overrule those who have chosen to deny a tribute to Mother Teresa: our request to have the towers shine blue and white, the colors of her congregation, on August 26th, the 100th anniversary of her birthday, was denied without explanation. Yet the same persons who chose to stiff Mother Teresa decided to honor the Chinese Communist revolution last year, even though 77 million innocent men, women and children were murdered under Mao Zedong. By contrast, the U.S. Postal Service is honoring Mother Teresa with a commemorative stamp.

Everyone is being asked to pass the word about our demonstration and to join us that evening. They are also being asked to write to Anthony Malkin. His address is Malkin Properties, One Grand Central Place 60, E. 42nd St., NY, NY 10165.

To sign our petition click
here.

Contact Melanie Maasch at the Empire State Building:
mmaasch@esbnyc.com

Jeff Field
Director of Communications
Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights
catalyst@catholicleague.org
New York, NY 10123
212-371-3191
212-371-3394 (fax)

http://catholicleague.org/release.php?id=1874

The Coverage

Founding Fathers Quote

Patriotism is as much a virtue as justice, and is as necessary for the support of societies as natural affection is for the support of families.

Benjamin Rush

Ron Johnson On Fox And Friends



Ron Johnson for U.S. Senate

STRATFOR Video Dispatch: The Turkish Flotilla and Egypt's Position



STRATFOR

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

The New Jersey Plan

By Bill Wilson

Last week, without much ado, Barack Obama's $23 billion bailout for state education spending was promptly taken off the table by Congressional Democrats, first in the Senate, when Senator Tom Harkin could not muster the votes, and then in the House,
when the AP reports that House Appropriations Committee Chairman David Obey "abruptly canceled a committee meeting to put the money in a war spending bill."

The AP attributed the bailout's failure to "election-year jitters among moderate Democrats over deficit spending and only lukewarm support from the White House." Really, the plan fell flat because it epitomized the failed spend-now, pay-later approach to governing that has come to embody the Obama Administration.

It is the same approach that got insolvent states like California and New York in trouble in the first place, and now threatens the nation's very solvency with a $13 trillion national debt.

The truth is, the American people much prefer a different approach. Call it the New Jersey Plan.

Balancing the budgets of insolvent states with borrowed money from China, Japan, and the Federal Reserve is nothing more than payback for the political loyalty of public employee unions to the Congressional majority at the expense of taxpayers who would be forced to pay for it, with interest, when the bill comes due. In the meantime, California and New York lawmakers have forestalled making tough decisions to slash spending.

In contrast, in New Jersey, Governor Christie reports that
because of the spending freeze he has undertaken, New Jersey will not have to raise taxes to balance the budget. But, to come to pass, the legislature will still have to act on Christie's proposed $23.9 billion budget that closes a $10.9 billion budget shortfall from the previous year.

Just consider that: before Chris Christie came along, New Jersey was some 31 percent over-budget.

Lawmakers want to forestall tough decisions in New Jersey for another year, too. But, standing tough, Christie already has vetoed a so-called millionaire's tax and a $618.74 million supplemental appropriations bill.
When confronted with an angry teacher who wanted taxpayer compensation for her student loans, Christie responded, "Well, you know what, then you don't have to do it… Teachers go into it knowing what the pay scale is. Teachers go into it knowing all of that."

Christie through his vetoes is forcing the legislature to work within the framework of revenues as they are, not as lawmakers wish them to be. The legislature has until June 30th to complete the budget process by law, and they lack the votes to override Christie's veto.

That leaves them with but one choice: cut spending.
As Christie noted in an address unveiling a proposed constitutional amendment capping taxes and spending to no more than 2.5 percent increases annually, "Over the last ten years, municipal spending has grown by 69 percent, and property taxes have grown by 70 percent, until New Jersey property taxes are now the highest of any state in the nation."

If taxes go any higher, or if job creators are punitively targeted, Christie warns that people will simply leave the state. He's right. With such high taxes already, New Jersey really does have to make the necessary cuts, even if lawmakers don't want to. It's the only choice that makes any sense.

Fortunately, now that Obama's $23 billion states bailout is dead — for now — troubled states like New York, California, and New Jersey are actually going to have to balance their budgets. Call it tough medicine.

Call it the New Jersey Plan.

Bill Wilson is the President of Americans for Limited Government.


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Bottom of the Ocean

Founding Fathers Quote

I am not influenced by the expectation of promotion or pecuniary reward. I wish to be useful, and every kind of service necessary for the public good, become honorable by being necessary.

Nathan Hale

Monday, May 31, 2010

The Southern Avenger: Forgetting the Troops

Flotillas and the Wars of Public Opinion

This report is republished with permission of STRATFOR.

By George Friedman

On Sunday, Israeli naval forces intercepted the ships of a Turkish nongovernmental organization (NGO) delivering humanitarian supplies to Gaza. Israel had demanded that the vessels not go directly to Gaza but instead dock in Israeli ports, where the supplies would be offloaded and delivered to Gaza. The Turkish NGO refused, insisting on going directly to Gaza. Gunfire ensued when Israeli naval personnel boarded one of the vessels, and a significant number of the passengers and crew on the ship were killed or wounded.

Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon charged that the mission was simply an attempt to provoke the Israelis. That was certainly the case. The mission was designed to demonstrate that the Israelis were unreasonable and brutal. The hope was that Israel would be provoked to extreme action, further alienating Israel from the global community and possibly driving a wedge between Israel and the United States. The operation’s planners also hoped this would trigger a political crisis in Israel.

A logical Israeli response would have been avoiding falling into the provocation trap and suffering the political repercussions the Turkish NGO was trying to trigger. Instead, the Israelis decided to make a show of force. The Israelis appear to have reasoned that backing down would demonstrate weakness and encourage further flotillas to Gaza, unraveling the Israeli position vis-à-vis Hamas. In this thinking, a violent interception was a superior strategy to accommodation regardless of political consequences. Thus, the Israelis accepted the bait and were provoked.

The ‘Exodus’ Scenario

In the 1950s, an author named Leon Uris published a book called “Exodus.” Later made into a major motion picture, Exodus told the story of a Zionist provocation against the British. In the wake of World War II, the British — who controlled Palestine, as it was then known — maintained limits on Jewish immigration there. Would-be immigrants captured trying to run the blockade were detained in camps in Cyprus. In the book and movie, Zionists planned a propaganda exercise involving a breakout of Jews — mostly children — from the camp, who would then board a ship renamed the Exodus. When the Royal Navy intercepted the ship, the passengers would mount a hunger strike. The goal was to portray the British as brutes finishing the work of the Nazis. The image of children potentially dying of hunger would force the British to permit the ship to go to Palestine, to reconsider British policy on immigration, and ultimately to decide to abandon Palestine and turn the matter over to the United Nations.

There was in fact a ship called Exodus, but the affair did not play out precisely as portrayed by Uris, who used an amalgam of incidents to display the propaganda war waged by the Jews. Those carrying out this war had two goals. The first was to create sympathy in Britain and throughout the world for Jews who, just a couple of years after German concentration camps, were now being held in British camps. Second, they sought to portray their struggle as being against the British. The British were portrayed as continuing Nazi policies toward the Jews in order to maintain their empire. The Jews were portrayed as anti-imperialists, fighting the British much as the Americans had.

It was a brilliant strategy. By focusing on Jewish victimhood and on the British, the Zionists defined the battle as being against the British, with the Arabs playing the role of people trying to create the second phase of the Holocaust. The British were portrayed as pro-Arab for economic and imperial reasons, indifferent at best to the survivors of the Holocaust. Rather than restraining the Arabs, the British were arming them. The goal was not to vilify the Arabs but to villify the British, and to position the Jews with other nationalist groups whether in India or Egypt rising against the British.

The precise truth or falsehood of this portrayal didn’t particularly matter. For most of the world, the Palestine issue was poorly understood and not a matter of immediate concern. The Zionists intended to shape the perceptions of a global public with limited interest in or understanding of the issues, filling in the blanks with their own narrative. And they succeeded.

The success was rooted in a political reality. Where knowledge is limited, and the desire to learn the complex reality doesn’t exist, public opinion can be shaped by whoever generates the most powerful symbols. And on a matter of only tangential interest, governments tend to follow their publics’ wishes, however they originate. There is little to be gained for governments in resisting public opinion and much to be gained by giving in. By shaping the battlefield of public perception, it is thus possible to get governments to change positions.

In this way, the Zionists’ ability to shape global public perceptions of what was happening in Palestine — to demonize the British and turn the question of Palestine into a Jewish-British issue — shaped the political decisions of a range of governments. It was not the truth or falsehood of the narrative that mattered. What mattered was the ability to identify the victim and victimizer such that global opinion caused both London and governments not directly involved in the issue to adopt political stances advantageous to the Zionists. It is in this context that we need to view the Turkish flotilla.

The Turkish Flotilla to Gaza

The Palestinians have long argued that they are the victims of Israel, an invention of British and American imperialism. Since 1967, they have focused not so much on the existence of the state of Israel (at least in messages geared toward the West) as on the oppression of Palestinians in the occupied territories. Since the split between Hamas and Fatah and the Gaza War, the focus has been on the plight of the citizens of Gaza, who have been portrayed as the dispossessed victims of Israeli violence.

The bid to shape global perceptions by portraying the Palestinians as victims of Israel was the first prong of a longtime two-part campaign. The second part of this campaign involved armed resistance against the Israelis. The way this resistance was carried out, from airplane hijackings to stone-throwing children to suicide bombers, interfered with the first part of the campaign, however. The Israelis could point to suicide bombings or the use of children against soldiers as symbols of Palestinian inhumanity. This in turn was used to justify conditions in Gaza. While the Palestinians had made significant inroads in placing Israel on the defensive in global public opinion, they thus consistently gave the Israelis the opportunity to turn the tables. And this is where the flotilla comes in.

The Turkish flotilla aimed to replicate the Exodus story or, more precisely, to define the global image of Israel in the same way the Zionists defined the image that they wanted to project. As with the Zionist portrayal of the situation in 1947, the Gaza situation is far more complicated than as portrayed by the Palestinians. The moral question is also far more ambiguous. But as in 1947, when the Zionist portrayal was not intended to be a scholarly analysis of the situation but a political weapon designed to define perceptions, the Turkish flotilla was not designed to carry out a moral inquest.

Instead, the flotilla was designed to achieve two ends. The first is to divide Israel and Western governments by shifting public opinion against Israel. The second is to create a political crisis inside Israel between those who feel that Israel’s increasing isolation over the Gaza issue is dangerous versus those who think any weakening of resolve is dangerous.

The Geopolitical Fallout for Israel

It is vital that the Israelis succeed in portraying the flotilla as an extremist plot. Whether extremist or not, the plot has generated an image of Israel quite damaging to Israeli political interests. Israel is increasingly isolated internationally, with heavy pressure on its relationship with Europe and the United States.

In all of these countries, politicians are extremely sensitive to public opinion. It is difficult to imagine circumstances under which public opinion will see Israel as the victim. The general response in the Western public is likely to be that the Israelis probably should have allowed the ships to go to Gaza and offload rather than to precipitate bloodshed. Israel’s enemies will fan these flames by arguing that the Israelis prefer bloodshed to reasonable accommodation. And as Western public opinion shifts against Israel, Western political leaders will track with this shift.

The incident also wrecks Israeli relations with Turkey, historically an Israeli ally in the Muslim world with longstanding military cooperation with Israel. The Turkish government undoubtedly has wanted to move away from this relationship, but it faced resistance within the Turkish military and among secularists. The new Israeli action makes a break with Israel easy, and indeed almost necessary for Ankara.

With roughly the population of Houston, Texas, Israel is just not large enough to withstand extended isolation, meaning this event has profound geopolitical implications.

Public opinion matters where issues are not of fundamental interest to a nation. Israel is not a fundamental interest to other nations. The ability to generate public antipathy to Israel can therefore reshape Israeli relations with countries critical to Israel. For example, a redefinition of U.S.-Israeli relations will have much less effect on the United States than on Israel. The Obama administration, already irritated by the Israelis, might now see a shift in U.S. public opinion that will open the way to a new U.S.-Israeli relationship disadvantageous to Israel.

The Israelis will argue that this is all unfair, as they were provoked. Like the British, they seem to think that the issue is whose logic is correct. But the issue actually is, whose logic will be heard? As with a tank battle or an airstrike, this sort of warfare has nothing to do with fairness. It has to do with controlling public perception and using that public perception to shape foreign policy around the world. In this case, the issue will be whether the deaths were necessary. The Israeli argument of provocation will have limited traction.

Internationally, there is little doubt that the incident will generate a firestorm. Certainly, Turkey will break cooperation with Israel. Opinion in Europe will likely harden. And public opinion in the United States — by far the most important in the equation — might shift to a “plague-on-both-your-houses” position.

While the international reaction is predictable, the interesting question is whether this evolution will cause a political crisis in Israel. Those in Israel who feel that international isolation is preferable to accommodation with the Palestinians are in control now. Many in the opposition see Israel’s isolation as a strategic threat. Economically and militarily, they argue, Israel cannot survive in isolation. The current regime will respond that there will be no isolation. The flotilla aimed to generate what the government has said would not happen.

The tougher Israel is, the more the flotilla’s narrative takes hold. As the Zionists knew in 1947 and the Palestinians are learning, controlling public opinion requires subtlety, a selective narrative and cynicism. As they also knew, losing the battle can be catastrophic. It cost Britain the Mandate and allowed Israel to survive. Israel’s enemies are now turning the tables. This maneuver was far more effective than suicide bombings or the Intifada in challenging Israel’s public perception and therefore its geopolitical position (though if the Palestinians return to some of their more distasteful tactics like suicide bombing, the Turkish strategy of portraying Israel as the instigator of violence will be undermined).

Israel is now in uncharted waters. It does not know how to respond. It is not clear that the Palestinians know how to take full advantage of the situation, either. But even so, this places the battle on a new field, far more fluid and uncontrollable than what went before. The next steps will involve calls for sanctions against Israel. The Israeli threats against Iran will be seen in a different context, and Israeli portrayal of Iran will hold less sway over the world.

And this will cause a political crisis in Israel. If this government survives, then Israel is locked into a course that gives it freedom of action but international isolation. If the government falls, then Israel enters a period of domestic uncertainty. In either case, the flotilla achieved its strategic mission. It got Israel to take violent action against it. In doing so, Israel ran into its own fist.

Gaza aid flotilla an 'ambush for Israeli soldiers'

Headline News

Monday, May 31, 2010 Israel Today Staff

Gaza aid flotilla an 'ambush for Israeli soldiers'

At least a dozen people were killed and many more wounded early Monday morning when Israeli soldiers sent to board six blockade-busting international "aid" ships approaching the Gaza Strip were met with violent resistance.

The aid ships set off from Turkey at the weekend, insisting that their cargo was desperately needed by the residents of Gaza, despite the fact that Gaza receiving many times more humanitarian aid each week via Israel. The ships were also carrying many items Israel is trying to keep out of Gaza because they have been used in the past by Hamas to built rockets and bunkers.

The flotilla's organizers originally said that they would not use violence if confronted by the Israeli navy.

But an Israeli army spokesman said that the first soldier over the side of the main flotilla ship after it ignored radio calls to halt was immediately stabbed in the chest. The spokesman said that in addition to many activists wielding knives and metal bars, at least two were armed with guns, forcing the Israeli troops to use deadly force to seize control of the ship.

In addition to the dozen or so fatalities among the activists, some 50 were wounded and transferred to Israeli hospitals for treatment. At least 10 Israeli soldiers were also wounded, two seriously.

"This was not a peace missions, it was an act of terror," said IDF spokesman Col. Avi Beneihen.

In an address to the press later in the morning, Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon called the incident a "premeditated and outrageous provocation." He said Israeli troops had found many weapons prepared beforehand for use against Israeli forces aboard the ships. "It was an ambush for Israeli soldiers."

Ayalon said the presence of weapons aboard the ships only further demonstrated that the flotilla's purpose was not humanitarian.

For weeks leading up to the launch of the flotilla, Israel told its organizers in the Free Gaza Movement that many tons of humanitarian aid were entering Gaza every day, and that Israel would gladly add the permitted goods they had collected to the aid truck convoys.

But Ayalon said Israel was repeatedly informed that the Free Gaza Movement first and foremost intended to break the Israeli maritime blockade on Gaza and its Hamas rulers.

As many of the activists aboard the ships were Turkish, the Turkish government issued a very harsh condemnation of the Israeli action. The Turkish military's chief of staff rushed home from a visit to Cairo to discuss his nation's response.

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas called for an emergency session of the Arab League to consider a strong regional reaction against Israel.


Article courtesy of Israel Today magazine, www.israeltoday.co.il.

Happy Memorial Day

To all my fellow veterans and their families, happy memorial day . A special thank you to the current men and women and their families serving in Afghanistan and Iraq. God bless you all and our great Republic.

Founding Fathers Quote

Our country is in danger, but not to be despaired of. Our enemies are numerous and powerful; but we have many friends, determining to be free, and heaven and earth will aid the resolution. On you depend the fortunes of America. You are to decide the important question, on which rest the happiness and liberty of millions yet unborn. Act worthy of yourselves.

Joseph Warren

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Founding Fathers Quote

Those gentlemen, who will be elected senators, will fix themselves in the federal town, and become citizens of that town more than of your state.

George Mason