June 04, 2010

Who Paid the Turkish Terrorists on the Mavi Marmara?

The Jerusalem Post ran an interview today with one of the Israeli soldiers that attempted to search the blockade runner Mavi Marmara as it attempted to breach the join Israeli-Egyptian blockade of the Gaza strip.

The soldier in question was the senior-most noncom on the mission, and the last soldier to fast-rope down to the ship from the helicopter hovering overhead. By the time he hit the deck, two more senior officers had already been shot by Turkish "peace activists" wearing heavy ceramic body armor, and a third officer was severely injured after having his skull crushed with the heavy rods some of the terrorists were using as weapons.

The soldier has the other commandos form a defensive perimeter around their wounded comrades, and when the terrorists pressed their attack, they opened fire to keep from being overrun. The soldier in question killed six of the nine Turkish terrorists killed in the attempted blockade running with his handgun at point-blank range.

When the ship was finally captured and brought into port, the attackers were found to have large sums of money upon them; apparent payment for the pre-planned assault. According to the captain of the Mavi Marmara, the Turks were armed as well, and fired shots at the Israelis. He apparently watched the terrorists throw their weapons over the side of the ship, and forensic teams located shell casings that did not match Israeli weapons.

Turkish terrorists/mercenaries (chose the terminology you like best, as both would seem to apply) were paid substantial amounts of money by someone to stage an international incident, attacking soldiers simply attempting to enforce a blockade of an enemy port where ships loaded with hundreds of tons Iranian weapons had previously attempted to dock.

The question I have is whether or not turkey's increasingly Islamic government had a hand in staging this incident, and if they did, whether they are the kind of "ally" the United States or NATO really needs.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at June 4, 2010 09:37 AM
The soldier in question killed six of the nine Turkish terrorists killed in the attempted blockade running with his handgun at point-blank range.

A pity the IDF didn't start out that way instead of end up that way.

As for the firearms used by the attacking Turks, it appears that the plan always was to have a few killed and hide the evidence in the sea. Otherwise even a few weapons would be recovered.

Posted by: iconoclast at June 4, 2010 02:51 PM

Turkey smells the stink of weakness coming off this administration like a cloud.

Posted by: Michael at June 4, 2010 03:43 PM

I'll believe the Israeli account when they release all of the camera and unedited video footage they confiscated from these activists. Until they do that none of us can really have a clue what happened, maybe not even then.

Posted by: Will Butler at June 4, 2010 06:29 PM

The Turks may be a member of NATO but they haven't been an American friend or ally since they refused to allow USA use of Incerlik Air Base in Adana Turkey to support our troops going into Iraq.

The IslamoNazis have taken over in Turkey and the military can no longer enforce a secular government. The Turkish military is going to have to once again intervene in Turkish politics or Turkey will turn totally into an IslamoFascist/Nazi Thugocracy like Iran.

I hope the Israelis destroy any Turkish Navy vessels that attempt to break the legal Israel blockage of the Gaza Strip.

Posted by: jgreene at June 4, 2010 10:38 PM

Erdogan seems to want to re-establish Khalifate of the Ottoman Empire. Ahmenijad wants to re-establish the Persian Empire. They will have alot of competition as Cairo, Damascus, Bagdad and Mecca have all been the seats of Moslem power in the Middle East at one time or another...

Posted by: Mike Simon at June 6, 2010 03:50 AM

"I'll believe the Israeli account..."

Never. Because if it gives you more reason to hate Jews, you'll reject the color of the sky and the warmth of the sun.

Posted by: Rob Crawford at June 6, 2010 08:47 PM

Terrorists get paid? Who knew?

Posted by: Odins Acolyte at June 7, 2010 01:38 PM