Death in the Mediterranean
Deaglán de Bréadún
Some time ago I wrote a blog-post here on Victimhood. It’s the really-effective way to achieve your aims in a political struggle. Now the Israelis have bestowed victimhood on the Gaza blockade-busters and the political fall-out for Israel is going to be very negative by the looks of things.
It is shocking to hear that ten, or is 19?, activists have been killed. Some of them may be Irish – we don’t know yet. There is talk of an 18-month-old child being among the passengers but apparently not hurt. Naturally, one’s deepest sympathies must go to the families of the dead although the wisdom of the entire venture must be at least a matter of debate.
At this early stage, the facts are unclear. All we can say is that the incident is a disaster for those who were killed and that it also looks like a major political disaster for the Israelis.
One thinks of the massacre at Tienanmen Square (although that was on a much bigger scale) which shocked the world. (Mind you, the same world is beating a path to Beijing these days on the economic and business agenda: sadly, outrage doesn’t always last.)
Anone who wishes to read the blog on Victimhood, click here.