My World Through My Words

June 3, 2010

Paintballs Vs Kitchen Knives

Filed under: International Affairs,Uncategorized — ashwinvk84 @ 12:50 am

The entire world’s focus seemed to be on the Mediterranean Sea, as the attempt to pass the Israel naval blockade by humanitarian services seems to have achieved its primary goal, but through unexpected lines and unimaginable losses. The loss of human lives is never an easy burden to bear. But the primary objective of the whole operation was achieved i.e. they managed to turn the world opinion against the Israel siege on the Gaza strip through this single confrontation. Even Israel’s biggest backer the US was appalled by the incident and condemned it to the highest degree. Israel seems clearly alone on the world stage right now. As Israeli diplomats try to reverse the damage done by the incident on must think how one of the most sophisticated, battle hardened elite special forces units of the world Shayetet 13 could blunder up an operation like this under the full glare of the world’s media.

I have to admit that Israeli Special Forces and its Intelligence (Mossad) have always impressed me. I mean some of its covert operations are like right out of a Hollywood movie. Operation Entebbe, Operation Wrath of God, Six-Day War, Operation Spring of Youth, Operation Isotope and few other Mossad black ops are just some of the known Israeli counter offensive covert operations. Israel is truly the epitome of self reliance. I mean after the weapons embargo was placed on them due to the Six-Day War, they went ahead and started making their on weapons. Yes, they had some help from the Americans but still its pretty impressive what they have accomplished. For such a small country to have such a self sustained defense research and production line is truly impressive. I say this because I consider India quiet similar to Israel, as both the countries are surrounded by neighbours who if your guard is down they’ll walk right into the kitchen. The neighbours are both hostile and breeding grounds for terrorists. Even India was placed under a weapons embargo after conducting the nuclear tests, but Indian research organizations didn’t achieve the same kind off self reliance, but instead we opted to buy cheaper soviet weapons. For Countries at constant hostilities with terrorists and its neighbours indigenous production of weapons is a mandatory need, a need which hopefully India can achieve in the coming decades.

All that said what happened in the Mediterranean Sea was a blunder of epic proportions, especially coming from the Israelis who face this problem on a day to day basis in the Gaza strip. Israeli forces were only authorized to use non lethal weapons like paintball guns, smoke and concussion grenades, tazers etc… but how the use of lethal weapons was later authorized against a mob of people with kitchen knives, wooden sticks and metal rods, can only leave us to wonder. The videos clearly show the soldiers being attacked but come on for a battle hardened unit like the Shayetet 13 it should have been a walk in the park. What would you rather face an RPG round or a kitchen knife. In the aftermath at least 10 people (allegedly) were killed , the official Israeli estimate is 4 people, and the remaining hundreds of protestors who where threatened with detention for refusing deportation, was released under huge global diplomatic pressure.

The Israeli diplomatic defense is that the soldiers lives were threatened, that is why the use of lethal action was authorized. Now this doesn’t sound right here are a group of people trying to break a naval blockade, did they think that the protestors will come peacefully, and also there was a huge media contingent, which is never a good thing if you are pulling an operation like this. The Israeli foreign ministry also blamed the world for not condemning other countries like Thailand, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq and surprisingly India when such atrocities happen there. Well, now this even weirder, are they trying to completely isolate themselves from friendly countries like India. Though they did retract the statement saying that India was not supposed to be in the foreign ministers speech, it was human error which they said was regrettable. What a time for a mistake to like that, when you need all the support you can get. Israel foreign Office is clearly in damage limitation mode but the damage done may be hugely irreparable and the repercussions will be felt for the foreseeable future. Clearly the day went to the protestors who went to catch the world’s attention and came back with much more, but with devastating consequences.


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