An official from the Turkish Islamic charity that spearheaded the campaign to bust the blockade on Gaza identified the U.S. citizen as 19-year-old Furkan Dogan, originally from the central Turkish town of Kayseri. Dogan, who held a U.S. passport, had four bullet wounds to the head and one to the chest, Omer Yagmur of the Foundation of Humanitarian Relief (IHH), told Anatolia. – American Reportedly Among Those Killed in Gaza Flotilla Raid

There was no reasoning with the Netanyahu government. Pres. Obama, Sect. Clinton and the administration “emphasized caution and restraint,” but Israel ignored our pleas.

The Obama administration said Wednesday that it had warned Israel’s government repeatedly to use “caution and restraint” with half a dozen aid boats bound for the Gaza Strip before Israeli commandos raided the flotilla this week in an operation that killed nine people.

“We communicated with Israel through multiple channels many times regarding the flotilla,” P.J. Crowley, a State Department spokesman, said in a statement issued in response to a question from The Washington Post. “We emphasized caution and restraint given the anticipated presence of civilians, including American citizens.” […]

Israel went in looking for a fight.

The blockade of Gaza needs to be ended, but at the very least there has to be another way found to deal with ships trying to run the blockade. The politics of it is killing Israeli credibility. Andrea Mitchell reported last night on what she found inside Gaza, which was the same thing that’s been acknowledged by everyone seeing the plight of the Palestinian people. What the Israeli government is doing to the Palestinians is inhumane. Mitchell’s reporting made Chris Matthews very uncomfortable.

Former Amb. Peck was on Keith Olbermann last night. The interview speaks for itself, as well as the unmitigated stupidity of the Israelis in escalating this into a violent skirmish.

An interesting anecdote to this story comes through an anonymous “anchorman” who invokes “1930’s style anti-Semitism” on Tucker Carlson’s Daily Caller. It’s the juvenile anti-Semitic charge that always comes from the usual suspects when Americans find the Israeli government in the wrong. The “anchorman” screed was posted yesterday, before Olbermann’s interview with Peck last night. “Anchorman” is upset because of the earned Israeli critiques now being dispensed, but also outraged because of an interview with Amb. Peck on his network, because of his politics. Name that “anchorman” and the network. One note, “anchorman” is not very bright and all emotions. It’s like he willfully ignores that Hamas was duly elected. Thank George W. Bush for that one. As for “anchorman’s” network, maybe it’s Fox? Ms. Van Susteren had an interview with Peck on Monday night (video). However, Peck was also interviewed on MSNBC on Monday as well.

Hardly matters, because the traditional media and cable news don’t play truth and consequence where Israel is concerned. Most networks avoid the subject of the Middle East altogether unless violence breaks out. But make no mistake about it, “anchorman” is just one example of the squeeze play against honest reporting on the Middle East.

I’ve written many times that PM Netanyahu never had any interest or intention of pursuing peace with the Palestinians. There can be no doubt to that reality now. Otherwise, he would have made sure the IDF wouldn’t turn a tense situation into carnage that has the entire world community denouncing Israel. Their actions are as infuriating as the situation is tragically sad.

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