Dizzy is really delivering the video goods right now. First Brian Haw, now the peaceful aid activists welcoming Israeli soldiers peacefully onto the ship.
It's hard for me to conclude anything other than this was a deliberate attempt to provoke the soldiers into some kind of action. There is no way the "aid activists" can claim any kind of moral high ground, they were clearly armed and spoiling for a fight.
I don't for a moment believe that any genuinely peacefully intentioned people would have kicked off like that.
As ever people attack the proportionality of the Israeli response, but really, who out of all those sanctimonious whingers would actually stand there and take a beating until they were unconscious or dead and then be thrown overboard?
But I think there's a different question that needs answering: did the Isrealis have the right to board that boat? And where they boarded it? If it was in international waters, then the responsibility for everything that happened must rest with whoever took the decision.
So: the IDF soldiers were justified in defending themselves and I defy anyone to say they wouldn't eventually have resorted to shooting in a situation like that.
But the Obo jury is still out on overall responsibility.