22 September '10
In the old world, in the old times, if such an incident were to take place, wars would follow," Gul said in an interview with The Associated Press from New York. "But in our world today, it is international law that has to be taken into consideration."
Turkish President Abdullah Gul, on the Mavi Marmara incident
But we live not in the old world but in the 21st century--and thanks to Emanuel A. Winston, Middle East Analyst & Commentator, we have another way of dealing with future flotillas:
1. Israel should formally declare such flotillas as an act of declared war.
2. Israel takes the right to defend herself by crippling such ships on the high seas or in their ports of embarkation.
3. Incoming ships, having been warned away and refused to turn back would have their propellers damaged and forced to stop, awaiting a tow. (Numerous methods can be implemented to disable a ship without sinking it.)
4. All ships so disabled will be towed to the Israeli port of Ashdod for unloading and military inspection for outlawed military weapons. Such ships shall be considered the property of Israel for re-sale or simply be dismantled for scrap. None will be returned. Large ships could be scuttled to make a beneficial false reef for fish.
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