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During the time of those events, U.S. media, predictably, and obediently, propagandized the American public, defending the Israeli crime, by continually running an edited video showing Israeli military descending from helicopters and being beaten by unarmed flotilla passengers.
As a memory refresher...
Now, four months later we have this....
Last week, the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights released a comprehensive report detailing its findings regarding the May, 2010, Israeli attack on the six-ship flotilla attempting to deliver humanitarian aid to Israel-blockaded Gaza.
During the time that U.S. corporate media was propagandizing consumers of news for the sake of protecting Israel from U.S. criticism of it's terrorist actions, little was said about the U.S. citizen, Furgan Dogan, who was brutally murdered by the Israelis that day.
An unarmed U.S. citizen was murdered, Tony Soprano style, by Israeli military while the humanitarian-aid-carrying vessel the unarmed U.S. citizen was traveling aboard was in international waters.
Seemed odd at the time that virtually no U.S. corporate media outlet made much of the assassination of a U.S. citizen. Signs of outrage over what Israel had done were rarely, if ever, seen on U.S. teevee.
Just as the devilish Karl Rove believes that he can "create reality" through propaganda obediently circulated by a corrupt and rotted U.S. corporate media....so too the Israelis....
The report reveals that Dogan, the 19-year-old US citizen of Turkish descent, was filming with a small video camera on the top deck of the Mavi Marmara when he was shot twice in the head, once in the back and in the left leg and foot and that he was shot in the face at point blank range while lying on the ground.
The report says Dogan had apparently been "lying on the deck in a conscious or semi-conscious, state for some time" before being shot in his face.
The forensic evidence that establishes that fact is "tattooing around the wound in his face," indicating that the shot was "delivered at point blank range." The report describes the forensic evidence as showing that "the trajectory of the wound, from bottom to top, together with a vital abrasion to the left shoulder that could be consistent with the bullet exit point, is compatible with the shot being received while he was lying on the ground on his back."
Keep in mind.....Dogan was a U.S. citizen who had done nothing to provoke his brutal assassination by Israelis.
Based on both "forensic and firearm evidence," the fact-finding panel concluded that Dogan's killing and that of five Turkish citizens by the Israeli troops on the Mavi Marmari May 31 "can be characterized as extra-legal, arbitrary and summary executions."
I post this information not because these brutal killings are something unique for Israel. Just before Barack Obama took office, you may remember, the Israeli military butchered some 1300 Gazans, half of whom were women and children. 13 Israelis died.
The U.S. position at the time?....
"These people are nothing but thugs, so Israel is going to defend its people against terrorists like Hamas that indiscriminately kill their own people," White House spokesman Gordon Johndroe said.
In January of 2009, the U.S. Congress, led by Democrats, voted almost unanimously to remind Israel of the U.S.'s undying love and support for their mideast partner......
"expressing vigorous support and unwavering commitment to the welfare, security, and survival of the State of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state with secure borders."
The U.S. stood virtually alone in the world in support of Israel's acts of aggression in 2008.
Back to the flotilla incident......here is what Democrats said at the time about Israel's violence against the humanitarian ships bound for Gaza.....
Gary Ackerman (D-NY)....the killings were "wholly the fault and responsibility of the organizers of the effort to break through Israel and Egypt's legitimate closure of terrorist-controlled Gaza." According to Rep. Ron Klein (D-FL), due to the determination of activists on the ships to deliver humanitarian aid to the people of the besieged Gaza Strip, "Israel was left with no choice but to ensure the safety of its people." Similarly, Democratic majority leader Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) insisted that in attacking an unarmed flotilla carrying humanitarian aid in international waters, Israel had simply "invoked its right to self-defense."
There has been very little coverage of the U.N.'s report depicting the assassination of the U.S. citizen, Furgan Dona. I don't expect that to change in the weeks to come.
However, I'm thinking there is a very good chance that the U.S. Congress will pass another unanimous resolution condemning the U.N. report. Condemning the report for daring to share the truth about Israel's crimes with the rest of the world.
In summary: There is nothing, whatsoever, that the U.S. government and the U.S. media will not defend if Israel is the one doing it. Sadly, we now even defend Israel's right to brutally murder U.S. citizens without even a peep-of-protest from U.S. leaders.