Why Wait for Facts, Israel’s Guilty — T.F. Stern

By T.F. Stern,

I’d planned to write a Memorial Day piece, something to remind Americans that freedom isn’t free. Liberty comes at a heavy price and many have paid with their lives so you and I could enjoy the blessings of freedom. Perhaps you could read an article I wrote previously ; I had other items on my mind today.

One of the top headlines in the news today has to do with Israeli forces killing 10 individuals on board an aid flotilla bound for Gaza. The world court convened via news media and condemned Israel for its actions within hours of the incident; why wait for facts, Israel is guilty.

The same thing happens in other areas where facts are irrelevant, where an agenda is more important than the truth. For example, if you listened to the outrage over Arizona’s illegal immigration law you’d think cops were hauling Mexicans out of ice cream shops . Never mind the facts, Arizona’s law must be racist; president Obama said so, done deal.

I get riled when the news media jumps all over breaking headlines about how some cop shot and killed a motorist during a traffic stop; never mind facts, the cop shot a motorist. Cops laugh about shooting innocent motorists while they sit around the donut shop; you knew that, didn’t you? The next day there’s usually a statement after a preliminary investigation, something about a gun under the front seat, in the suspect’s belt or some other kind of extreme situation which would justify deadly force; but that story ends up on page 17 instead of the front page; a trigger happy cop killed a motorist in the eyes of media coverage.

Getting back to the story on Israeli elite special forces murdering peaceful civilians taking nothing more than bandages, iodine and Tylenol to the war torn Palestinian refugees in Gaza ; Israel should be sanctioned for war crimes. We don’t need an investigation, no facts; Israel is guilty because they are not part of Islam and everybody knows that Islam is a religion of peace.

“Here is the truth, as bitter as it may be: Islam is the culprit. Islam is anything but a religion of peace . Violence is at the very core of Islam.”

I’m guessing there will be some interesting details which were unavailable at the time the original story broke. Even as I write facts are surfacing, something about ties to terrorism; but the story is already out there, Israel was already found guilty by our leftist media.

“Before the ships set sail from waters off the east Mediterranean island of Cyprus on Sunday, Israel had urged the flotilla not to try to breach the blockade and offered to transfer the cargo to Gaza from an Israeli port, following a security inspection.”

I’d have to ask, “Why run the blockade when a reasonable and safe approach was offered?” Were there items on board that would be found in a security inspection, things like rockets, mortar rounds or other ammunitions which have been smuggled in the past under the guise of medical aid?” No, I don’t buy into the half truths given time and time again by militant Hamas, Hezbollah or what ever they wish to call themselves. Hamas has used civilians as shields during battle ; why not use them as cover to smuggle arms as well?

There could not have been any provocation for Israel to stop these ships of mercy; everybody knows Israel is a blood thirsty nation intent on killing innocent lives. Facts, we don’t need no stinkin’ facts.

The Moral Lib­eral asso­ciate edi­tor, T.F. Stern, is a retired City of Hous­ton police offi­cer, self-employed lock­smith, and gifted polit­i­cal and social com­men­ta­tor. His pop­u­lar and insight­ful blog, T.F. Sterns Rant­i­ngs, has been up and at it since Jan­u­ary of 2005.