Murder with Impunity

Wednesday, June 2, 2010 1:42 PM

I'm afraid the answer to the question headlined below is "Yes!" Rachel Corrie is the best single example, an unarmed civilian who got in the way. Her killing was meant to serve as a lesson and a warning.

The other clear example is the crew of the USS Liberty. [Another lesson.] Of course, the crew was military personnel, but they were also unarmed sitting ducks. They were slaughtered at the direction of somebody in Tel Aviv for some reason. The incident was covered up by LBJ and his inner circle. There was never a Congressional investigation of what happened. As to why, the answer should be obvious to anyone with half a brain who has not been bribed or brainwashed.

The answer is directly related to political clout and media influence, then as now. Ask yourself, could Barack and Hillary, Biden and McCain, and all those big-time talk show hosts actually be that dumb? More likely, they have forced themselves to take dumb-down pills.

With straight faces, they have suggested that the killers investigate themselves. And Joe "I am a Zionist" Biden has even asked out loud, "What's the big deal?" 


Can Americans be murdered 

by the Israeli government with impunity?

by PAUL WOODWARD on JUNE 3, 2010 [war in context dot org]

For several days, Israel has been able to contain some of the fallout from the flotilla massacre by withholding information about the dead and injured. The object of this exercise has clearly been to slow the flow of information in the hope that by the time the most damning facts become known, the international media’s attention will have turned elsewhere.

But the dead now have names and faces and one turns out to be a nineteen-year-old American: Furkan Dogan.

Dogan is alleged to have been shot with five bullets, four in the head.

Does the Obama administration intend to investigate the circumstances in which one of its citizens was killed? Protecting the lives of Americans is after all the most fundamental responsibility of our government.

Dogan’s death was presumably instant, but according to Al Jazeera’s Jamal Elshayyal there were others on board the Mavi Marmara who died because Israeli soldiers refused to treat their injuries.

“After the shooting and the first deaths, people put up white flags and signs in English and Hebrew. An Isreali [on the ship] asked the soldiers to take away the injured, but they did not and the injured died on the ship.”

Crimes have been committed and since the suspects all acted under the direction of the Israeli government and its defense forces and took place on international waters outside Israel’s area of legal jurisdiction, “a prompt, impartial, credible and transparent investigation conforming to international standards” — a demand made by the UN Security Council with the support of the Obama administration — cannot be conducted by the Israeli government or a commission appointed by them. An investigation conforming to international standards must also be an international inquiry.