All of this about the “flotilla raid” is making me a little bit crazy. News outlet across America have been running stories with headlines like this from the San Francisco Chronicle:

Israel pelted with criticism for flotilla raid

The Chronicle’s story, originally carried in the LA Times, begins with the same insinuation that most stories floating in the media are leading with, which is essentially “Israel attacked a humanitarian ship”. Of course this implication leads to questions as to why Israel would do such a thing.

Well, as Mona Charen of the National Review put it, “Don’t members of the press ever resent being so used?” The Palestinians have for years successfully used the international press as their propaganda arm, which has happened here.

Charen sheds much light on the situation in her article this morning. Among the truths in this matter are:

Humanitarian relief is delivered to Gaza from Israel on a daily basis. During the first three months of this year, 94,500 tons of supplies were transferred to Gaza from Israel, including 48,000 tons of food products; 40,000 tons of wheat; 2,760 tons of rice; 1,987 tons of clothes and footwear; and 553 tons of milk powder and baby food for the strip’s 1.5 million inhabitants. Representatives of international aid groups and the United Nations move freely to and from the Gaza Strip.

Upon learning of the intentions of the Gaza flotilla, the Israeli government asked the organizers to deliver their humanitarian aid first to an Israeli port where it would be inspected (for weapons) before being forwarded to Gaza. The organizers refused.

There is also visual evidence as well that this was not a humanitarian mission. Here you can see video of the weapons on board the flotilla and another video showing the Israeli Navy being attacked upon boarding the vessel.

I fear that one day this type of misinformation–really propaganda–will lead to an excuse to “wipe Israel from the planet”, as Mahmoud Ahmadinejad would gladly do, especially considering signals given to the world by our present lack of diplomacy toward our only true ally in the Middle East. If the world no longer believes the United States backs Israel, many of the events foretold in the Bible are closer than perhaps even the greatest skeptics realizes.