A humanitarian convoy of ships carrying thousands of tons of supplies and hundreds of politicians, activists and journalists was attacked last night by the Israeli Armed Forces in a carefully calculated air and sea assault while the ships (some carrying Turkish flags) were still in international waters. The Flotilla was seeking to break Israel’s three-year-long blockade of Gaza in order to deliver basic necessities such as food and medicine to the impoverished Palestinians living in the coastal enclave. Israeli forces raided the Freedom Flotilla, killing at least 20 people.
It was not by accident that most of those killed and injured were Turkish nationals who were aboard ships flying Turkish flags. I fear that Israel’s coldly calculated attack of criminal ‘piracy’ is meant to provoke Turkey’s pro-Islamic government to respond in a way that Israel could then exploit to initiate the big war that has long been planned.
The back-up plan may be to initiate a limited war that could provoke a military coup d’état and regime change in Turkey. The largely secular Turkish military which has remained firmly supportive of Israel will certainly be complicit in such a back-up plan.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has already described the Israeli attack as “inhuman state terror” and “the trampling underfoot of international law” and has vowed a proper response. “We will not stay silent and unresponsive in the face of this,” he was quoted as saying. He could say nothing less since the rage of the Turkish Muslim people seems to have risen higher than ever before.
How should Muslims respond to this latest act of manifest Israeli provocation?
Muslims around the world must first make the case that mankind should not and cannot condone Israel’s starvation of an entire civilian population in Gaza and the unjust killing of innocent people in international waters as morally acceptable conduct of a State in the modern age.
They should then launch a do-or-die struggle to rid themselves of the pro-Israeli Egyptian, Saudi, Pakistani (and other) governments and Armed Forces that control the world of Islam on behalf of the enemies of Islam and of mankind.
The way these governments respond to Israel’s latest attack will expose the kind of response we can expect from them as events continue to mysteriously unfold leading quite predictably to the world-war that Israel desperately wants to provoke.
Such governments and Armed Forces in the Muslim world must not be allowed to continue their dirty work on Israel’s behalf. They have built their own Berlin Walls to protect themselves from their own people. They have sponsored their own so-called experts to hoodwink and deceive the Muslim masses into embracing them as champions of Islam who, with help from Disneyland, will soon conquer India.
Unless and until those neo- Berlin Walls protecting the Egyptian, Saudi and Pakistani governments and Armed Forces are demolished, the ropes around the necks of Muslims will continue to become tighter and yet tighter.