Another Flotilla Farce
November 6, 2011 24 Comments
I once found living in Ireland somewhat depressing, given the country’s reputation of hostility towards Israel. I later found, however, that the Israel-bashers who dominated the conversation on matters Israel and Palestine were not very representative of the Irish people at all. The Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign I discovered to be dominated almost to a man by Sinn Féin, or even more hardline Irish Republicans, and Trotskyites. Folks like these had very little support among the Irish populace (though Sinn Féin has done well after the economic disaster of recent times, as you would expect with populist nationalist types). Indeed, I found many Irish people refreshingly engaged on Middle East matters and with sensible views. However, they often complained of receiving too much hostility if they offered any kind of defense of Israel, and thus would not do it too regularly or loudly.
The latest flotilla provocation to Gaza pretty much proves the point. I believe there were fifteen Irish participants. Seven were connected with Sinn Féin, three were Trotskyites, one was Muslim Brotherhood, another was a former Fianna Fáil parliamentarian (a populist political party ousted from power due to its disastrous economic policies), and apart from Trevor Hogan I’m not sure about the others. Now, these are people I would not put in charge of the trash collection, and most Irish men and women would agree that if these politicians and activists were in power Ireland would look something like Uganda, or slightly worse.
The former Fianna Failure member of parliament, Chris Andrews, I have written about before in relation to his controversial labeling of Fine Gael’s Alan Shatter as ‘Israel’s puppet in Ireland‘. At the time I was reluctant to label him as something as sinister an an anti-Semite, suggesting it was typical populist Fianna Fáil behaviour. Now I’m not so sure. I recently came across this disturbing image from a constituency leaflet put out by Mr. Andrews:
Yes, all chummy with Mr. Assad of Syria. Andrews is either a sinister individual or startlingly stupid (especially considering all his talk about ‘human rights’). I’m leaning towards the former given his behavior in regards to the the flotilla. You see, the participants claimed to be carrying tens of thousands of euros worth of aid on board. However, when Israeli naval forces boarded the vessel and brought it to the port of Ashdod, intending to bring the aid through the channels permitted by the Israeli government (via road and after Israeli inspection), no humanitarian aid was to be found on the two ships. Essentially, Irish politicians went to provoke Israel, a nuclear power with one of the world’s most powerful militaries, and lied to their own people about the purpose of their mission. I for one find that vile and irresponsible. A part of me would have been happy to see these fauxtilla folks rot in Israeli prisons for a while, but I don’t want the Israeli taxpayer to be compelled to feed Chris Andrews. So I welcome their safe return and hope that next time they wont forget to bring that aid they promised. Children in Gaza simply cannot be expected to go on living without Trevor Hogan’s signed rugby balls.