By Paul Craig Roberts

June 02, 2010
Clearing House
" -- As I write at
5pm on Monday, May 31, all day has passed since the early morning
reports of the Israeli commando attack on the unarmed ships carrying
humanitarian aid to Gaza, and there has been no response from President
Obama except to say that he needed to learn "all the facts about this
morning's tragic events" and that Israeli prime minister Netanyahu had
canceled his plans to meet with him at the White House.

Thus has Obama made America complicit once again
in Israel's barbaric war crimes. Just as the US Congress voted to
deep-six Judge Goldstone's report on Israel's war crimes committed in
Israel's January 2009 invasion of Gaza, Obama has deep-sixed Israel's
latest act of barbarism by pretending that he doesn't know what has

No one in the world will believe that Israel
attacked ships in international waters carrying Israeli citizens, a
Nobel Laureate, elected politicians, and noted humanitarians bringing
medicines and building materials to Palestinians in Gaza, who have been
living in the rubble of their homes without repairs or medicines since
January 2009, without first clearing the crime with its American
protector. Without America's protection, Israel, a totally artificial
state, could not exist.

No one in the world will believe that America's
spy apparatus did not detect the movement of the Israeli attack force
toward the aid ships in international waters in an act of piracy,
killing 20, wounding 50, and kidnapping the rest.

Obama's pretense at ignorance confirms his

Once again the US government has permitted the
Israeli state to murder good people known for their moral conscience.
The Israeli state has declared that anyone with a moral conscience is an
enemy of Israel, and every American president except Eisenhower and
Carter has agreed.

Obama's 12-hour silence in the face of extreme
barbarity is his signal to the controlled corporate media to remain on
the sidelines until Israeli propaganda sets the story.

The Israeli story, preposterous as always, is
that the humanitarians on one of the ships took two pistols from Israeli
commandos, highly trained troops armed with automatic weapons, and
fired on the attack force. The Israeli government claims that the
commandos' response (70 casualties at last reporting) was justified
self-defense. Israel was innocent. Israel did not do anything except
drop commandos aboard from helicopters in order to intercept an arms
shipment to Gazans being brought in by ships manned by terrorists.

Many Christian evangelicals, brainwashed by
their pastors that it is God's will for Americans to protect Israel,
will believe the Israeli story, especially when it is unlikely they will
ever hear any other. Conservative Americans, especially on Memorial Day
when they are celebrating feats of American arms, will admire Israel
for its toughness.Here in north Georgia where I am at the moment, I have
heard several say, admiringly, "Them, Israelis, they don't put up with

Conservative Americans want the US to be like
Israel. They do not understand why the US doesn't stop pissing around
after nine years and just go ahead and defeat the Taliban in
Afghanistan. They don't understand why the US didn't defeat whoever was
opposing American forces in Iraq. Conservatives are incensed that
America had to "win" the war by buying off the Iraqis and putting them
on the US payroll.

Israel murders people and then blames its
victims. This appeals to American conservatives, who want the US to do
the same.

It is likely that Americans will accept Israeli
propagandist Mark Regev's story that Israelis were met by deadly fire
when they tried to intercept an arms shipment to Palestinian terrorists
from IHH, a radical Turkish Islamist organization hiding under the cover
of humanitarian aid. This explanation is crafted to allow Americans to
sink back into their stupor.

Americans will never hear from the US media that
Turkey's prime minister Erdogan declared that the aid ships were
carefully inspected before departure from Turkey and that there were no
terrorists or arms aboard:

"I want to say to the world, to the heads of
state and the governments, that these boats that left from Turkey and
other countries were checked in a strict way under the framework of the
rules of international navigation and were only loaded with humanitarian

Turkey is a US ally, a member of NATO. Turkey's
cooperation is important to American's plan for world hegemony. Turkey
now realizes that the Israeli state is comprised of total evil. Erdogan
must wonder about the morality of Israel's American protector. According
to a report in, the Turkish government declared that
"future aid ships will be dispatched with a military escort so as to
prevent future Israeli attacks."

Will the CIA assassinate Erdogan or pay the
Turkish military to overthrow him?

Murat Mercan, head of Turkey's foreign relations
committee, said that Israel's claim that there were terrorists aboard
the aid ships was Israel's way of covering up its crime. Mercan
declared:"Any allegation that the members of this ship is attached to
al-Qaeda is a big lie because there are Israeli civilians, Israeli
authorities, Israeli parliamentarians on board the ship."

The criminal Israeli state does not deny its act
of piracy. Israeli military spokeswoman, Avital Leibovich, confirmed
that the attack took place in international waters: "This happened in
waters outside of Israeli territory, but we have the right to defend

Americans, and their Western European puppet
states and the puppet state in Canada, will be persuaded by the servile
media to buy the story fabricated by Israeli propaganda that the
humanitarian aid ships were manned by terrorists bringing weapons to the
Palestinians in Gaza, and that the terrorists posing as humanitarians
attacked the force of Israeli commandos with two pistols, clubs, and

The ignorant Americans will swallow this story
without a hiccup.

Paul Craig Roberts has had careers in
scholarship and academia, public service, and journalism. He served in
the Congressional staff and as Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in
the Rea

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