UN fact-finding mission says Israelis “executed” US citizen

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 UN isn’t usually this blunt. They didn’t exactly evade the issue, did they? But, of course, the Obama Administration has.

The report confirmed what the Obama administration already knew from the autopsy report on Dogan, but the administration has remained silent about the killing of Dogan, which could be an extremely difficult political problem for the administration in its relations with Israel.

We can’t be having a few executions get in the way of statecraft, now can we?

Tip: Reader Craig

A Special Place in Hell / The Second Gaza War: Israel lost at sea

Haaretz, an Israeli newspaper, says what the commandos did was lunatic and self-defeating.

We are no longer defending Israel. We are now defending the siege, which is itself becoming Israel’s Vietnam.

We were determined to avoid an honest look at the first Gaza war. Now, in international waters and having opened fire on an international group of humanitarian aid workers and activists, we are fighting and losing the second. For Israel, in the end, this Second Gaza War could be far more costly and painful than the first.

Perhaps most ominously, in a stepwise, lemming-like march of folly in our relations with Ankara, a regional power of crucial importance and one which, if heeded, could have helped head off the First Gaza War, we have come dangerously close to effectively declaring a state of war with Turkey.

Turkey has long been an ally of Israel. That may be gone now. Most of the dead are Turkish nationals.

Is Israel drifting toward civil war?