Fast-Roping 101

We got back from the Smoke Creek late Tuesday only to see "Israel attacks flotilla". Having had no news for three days, I don't have a good picture of what happened except even India is pissed.1 It is as if Israel has been taken over by the Tea Bag Party. Andrew Sullivan, in a blog post entitled The Capitan Speaks,  quotes and comments on an article in Haaretz.Com.

An interesting account:

was the second to be lowered in by rope," said Captain R. "My comrade
who had already been dropped in was surrounded by a bunch of people. It
started off as a one-on-one fight, but then more and more people
started jumping us. I had to fight against quite a few terrorists who
were armed with knives and batons."

I note two
things. It began with a one-on-one fight. This was not a lynch mob
primed to kill. It was a reaction that spread as more soldiers arrived.
The second thing I note is that the captain describes the passengers as

This picture, from the Center for a New American Security from where I blatantly ripped it off, is labeled Too Soon? and filed under Israel



1. We were in India at the camel festival at Pushkar when Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated in 1995. The Indian government shut everything down and declared a national couple of days of morning. They were that pro-Israel. 

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