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The Mavi Marmara – Comments on New Video Released

Posted in Arab, Demonstration, Gaza and Hamas, Insanity, Israel, Modern World, Muslim, Palestine, Religion, Terrorism, Terrorists with tags , , , , , , on 12/06/2010 by floroy1942

New footage of the Israeli attack on the aid convoy bound for Gaza has been released, smuggled out by Lara Lee of Cultures for Resistance. It is quite graphic, and shows much more of events aboard the ship than any previously seen. The video posted in an article by The Guardian will unfortunately not embed so a link to it is below for those interested.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/jun/11/gaza-flotilla-attack-new-video

Interestingly, it shows passengers firing something at the helicopters with catapults as it hovered over the ship, and one of the first injured people carried below for treatment was an Israeli soldier. So much for the lie there was no resistance from the activists!

Personally, I also have to question the actions of the ships Captain who, from the taped evidence, made no effort to stop the ship once boarded.

It all depends on what side you are on as to whether you believe the Israeli’s or the activists in this saga. Many people are so opposed to Israel they would not admit the truth if it slapped them in the face. On the other hand, if deadly mistakes were made during the storming of the ship by Israeli forces, they would not readily admit it. So who do you believe? You have to make up your own mind on that. Below is more of the footage made by the Israeli’s.

A quick look at the collection of videos finding their way onto YouTube must now be sufficient for even the most sceptic to take another look at their stance on the incident. Many show the soldiers being attacked with iron bars, a stun grenade and even petrol bombs, so you have to ask, who are the innocents here? Its up to you whether you believe all the blame should be given to the Israeli’s, or if they were extremely provoked and had no choice but to defend themselves.

For myself, I am sure errors were made by both sides and the fact these mistakes led to the death of so many ‘civilians’ is certainly sad. There is little doubt from the films that resistance was offered to the boarding soldiers, and many were seriously injured, but for the life of me, I cannot understand the attitude of the activists, who were in my opinion, out to provoke an international incident and thereby some propaganda for the Palestinian cause.

In the event of being boarded by an overwhelming, armed military force, the obvious thing to do is to line up on the deck with your hands raised and surrender immediately. In that way no casualties would have been suffered. This did not happen! It is ludicrous to imagine that ‘unarmed’ civilians can fight off soldiers as tough as the Israeli’s, so why try? Unless it would add more spice to the propaganda by having a few wounded activists? In this they made a deadly miscalculation.

Cries from Muslims of “Allahu Akbar” can be heard clearly on the tape, which quickly brings to mind the shouts of suicide bombers just before they blow themselves up, and as a soldier what would you think of the opposition you were facing? No-one wants to die, even soldiers in the Israeli army!

Either way you look at it, resistance to the boarding has been amply demonstrated on many of the tapes of the incident and that is something that should not have happened. Opposition to an armed boarding force on this scale is useless, and in my opinion, it’s not surprising people died. But the activists got what they wanted, at a heavy price, for the international community is now incensed with the Gaza blockade.

Many people have been blinded by the deaths of ‘innocent activists’ and the dead piling up in Israel are not even taken into consideration. This is a war that has been going on for decades with no end in sight, and it will continue so long as Hamas keeps attacking Israel at the expense of the people they represent, and the Israeli’s keep building settlements on Palestinian land.

Actions like this however are just a waste of human life, and in the long term serve no purpose.

Roy.


The Plastic Island Part 2

Posted in Environment, Illegal Dumping, Oceans, Toxic Waste with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 07/03/2010 by floroy1942

Ocean Plastic

On the 22 February (Welcome to Plastic Island) I reported on the huge islands of floating plastic rubbish that pollute our world seas, and today more information has come to light. It would seem the problem is far bigger than first thought, as it has now been determined the patch of floating plastic in the Pacific is now twice the size of the US State of Texas, and increasing rapidly. This means the ‘Great Pacific Garbage Patch’ as it is now called, extends now for 1,392,400 sq/km and that is about six-and-a-half times the size of Great Britain and almost 1% of the entire ocean.

Your Beach?

But I hear you say, 1% of the largest ocean on the planet is not much, but the size is increasing rapidly with every passing year. Should it continue to increase at its present rate, by the year 2050 you may well be able to walk from Hawaii to the American mainland. Walk along any beach after the winter storms and you will find it littered with plastic rubbish, and then imagine this is but an infinitesimal fraction of the rubbish littering our oceans.

Imagine the Ocean Like This

Beginning just 500 miles off the Californian coast, this area is now the largest conglomeration of rubbish on the planet, with an estimated 100,000,000 tons of bottles, plastic bags, flip flops, shampoo bottles, plastic swimming pools, children’s toys, plastic cups and tyres among other things. If its made of plastic you will find it there. Among the debris can be found items with Chinese and Japanese markings, which show some of it has travelled the entire width of the Pacific before being caught up in the vortex, or gyre.

The area is so clogged with plastic that it resembles more a thick soup than water, and much of the older rubbish floats just below the surface because it has been broken down by the sun. Most worrying to scientists, is plastic very often contains toxic chemicals that can have a devastating effect on fish stocks.

Death by Plastic

Considering that 60% of all fish caught in all the oceans comes from the Pacific, this could have an alarming effect on the economies of many countries in the future. Fish and seabirds exists on the tiny plankton that abound in the world’s oceans, but the catastrophic fact about these ocean garbage patches is, that once the plastic is broken down and reduced in size by the sun, it often resembles food to the fish and birds. In the contaminated areas and their surroundings, the level of plastic pellets is six times higher than the plankton. Sampling recently revealed a single fish had ingested 26 pieces of plastic and there is little doubt this debris will eventually work its way into the food chain, if it hasn’t already.

Ocean Rubbish Gyres

Also disturbing, is a similar plastic vortex which has been found in the Central Atlantic Ocean with the high probability of another being in the southern part, plus one in the Indian Ocean. Oceanographers are convinced more will be discovered in time. It does not matter from which point you throw a plastic bottle into the sea, at some point in the future it will end up in one of these plastic dumps in mid ocean. Plastic does not degrade like most other materials, once its made its here forever, with the only successful means of getting rid of it being burning. The trouble there is we are then contaminating the air with the toxic content.

A team of volunteers from the Kaisai Conservation Project intend to send two ships to the area in an attempt to find out if this plastic waste can be turned into fuel. I for one hope this project turns out to be successful, and that soon we see ships trawling the seas collecting this rubbish and cleaning up our most precious asset from whence all life came.

If you are interested in knowing more, I would recommend the following YouTube video:

Until the next time – and remember, we only have one world!!!

Roy.

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