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      06-01-2010, 11:48 AM   #4
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1) Turkish decision makers knew how Israel would react and were waiting to exploit the inevitable clash. The provocation was as cynical as it was orchestrated. 2) The lead vessel just happened to have an al-jazeera TV crew to films israels response. 3) In yesterdays melee, Israel behaved clumsily. The peace activists behaved savegely. The Turks behaved cynically and the world behaved predictably.

Yesterdays aid convoy incident off the coast of Gaza wasnt about bringing humanitarian aid to a terrorist ruled territory. It wasn't even about Israel. It was about Turkeys determination to position itself as the leading Muslim State in the Middle East.