Enough information has now become publicly available to speak about the general sequence of events on the Marmara. Readers living in Eretz Yisrael, pay close attention. If you used these techniques on a consistent basis from day one, Gush Katif would still be standing, Amona would be expanding, Jews would be living in a rebuilt Beit HaShalom, there would be no building freeze in either Yosh or Yerushalayim and a Jewish government would reign supreme in Eretz Yisrael.
Here is more or less what happened:
1. Israeli forces are spotted by observers stationed on the Marmara. Using night vision devices and binoculars, the observers observe and report the composition, disposition and strength of the Israelis to the battalion operations center. The battalion is brought into readiness. Troops are deployed as previously rehearsed in order to defend the ship. Most of the strike company is deployed near the top deck. The platoon of al-Qaeda operatives dons bulletproof vests and deploys as the commander’s reserve. The snipers are likewise placed in reserve. The guerrilla battalion commander observes developments, awaiting the Israeli attack.
2. The Israeli commander on the scene displays utter incompetence by failing to recognize enemy combat deployments even as he is watching them from his helicopter. The Israeli nitwit still thinks, if “think” is the correct word for what goes on in the wooden heads of Israeli senior officers, that the Islamic guerrillas aboard ship are peaceful activists. Even though the Israelis should be listening to the guerrillas’ communications, they neither pay attention nor make any effort to jam them. Propagandist forces deployed in support of the guerrilla battalion also experience no interruption in satellite communications with their various propaganda processing and dissemination centers.
What happens next occurs very quickly. All the significant events are jumbled together into a few minutes of very intense action and it is difficult to determine the exact sequence in which they occur. But what generally happens is pretty clear.
3. The first Israeli troops board the top deck from a helicopter. The strike company is ready for them. As each Israeli soldier hits the deck, he is immediately attacked by a squad of guerrillas who attempt to stab/beat him to death with cold weapons. A designated squad seizes the rope used by the Israelis and ties it to a sturdy antenna on the deck in an effort to bring down the helicopter. Another squad fires several flares at the helicopter, trying to further rattle the pilot. The helicopter crew is forced to cut the rope and pull away, isolating a partially deployed force of Israeli commandos on the deck.
The first Israelis to hit the deck are completely overwhelmed by the guerrillas. Even as the guerrillas are trying to kill the Israelis, the latter keep shouting to each other not to shoot at the guerrillas. This utter inability to adjust to objective reality and display initiative is characteristic of today’s IDF. The humanoid robots who have replaced the real soldiers of yesteryear are brainwashed to obey any and every order to the letter, no matter how insane, irrelevant, unrealistic, stupid, immoral, illegal, or even suicidal. This robotization of the IDF was necessary in order to create a force of inhuman pogromschiks capable of attacking the dati leumi. It could only be accomplished at the cost of stomping out all initiative and independent thought. The fact that this made the Israeli Army as effective man for man as the army of Syria or Lebanon, less effective man for man than the armies of Jordan and Egypt and utterly inferior man for man to Hezbollah was irrelevant to the Israeli ruling elite. It is not that they consciously made the effort to destroy the IDF as a fighting force. It is simply that their contempt for the Arabs is so great and their fear of the dati leumi so boundless that they never even thought about the consequences of their actions. Now, after 20 years of painstaking efforts by Israel’s ruling elite we can observe the inevitable results.
4. The Israelis attempt to rescue their men. A second wave of commandos throw stun grenades from a helicopter in an effort to drive back the guerrillas and clear a landing zone. The guerrillas of the strike company are well trained. Stun grenades thrown in open air don’t rattle them. The second wave of Israelis is forced to land in the midst of the deployed strike company personnel. The guerrillas again attempt to tie the rope to the ship. This time they do not succeed.
In the meantime, more Israelis attempt to board the ship from boats. They are driven back by guerrillas armed with water hoses, metal poles and stun grenades.
Repeatedly, the Israeli soldiers struggling on deck request permission to open fire. In the meantime, four are captured and taken below as hostages. Two are forced to jump into the sea to save their lives. One is thrown off the top deck and fractures his skull. Three remain on deck.
Finally, with four of his men taken hostage, one probably dead, two trying not to drown and only three still standing, the Israeli nitwit-in-chief gives his august permission to open fire. Even now, the order is not to shoot to kill, but to shoot at the guerrillas’ legs.
Why does the Israeli commander wait so long to give the order to shoot? Can’t he see that his men are being murdered down there? Well, dear reader, the answer is simple. He doesn’t give a damn about his men. He is typical of today’s senior IDF officers. That is, he is a witless, heartless, self-centered careerist bereft of any consideration for anyone but himself, devoid of all initiative and, frankly, more often than not more sympathetic to the enemy than to his own side.
While his men are struggling for their lives on the deck of the Marmara, the IDF commander, who in the heyday of the IDF in the 5720s-5730s would have been down there with them by now, is worrying about how this whole thing will impact his career. He couldn’t care less if every one of the men down on the deck of the Marmara gets killed, as long as he himself is promoted or at least gets to keep his job. He has been ordered to use minimal force. If he now gives the order to open fire, he will be displaying the three cardinal sins that end a man’s career in today’s IDF – initiative, creativity and independent thought. He will be (Shock! Horror!) Violating Orders. And what if his bosses hold him responsible for that?
Moreover, besides the all-important career considerations, the IDF commander has a major problem. He has no idea how to make decisions. This is the natural consequence of turning soldiers into robots.
You see, in an army where officers and NCOs are expected to think for themselves and improvise in order to accomplish the mission, they learn throughout their careers to make decisions quickly. They develop instincts and skills to rapidly evaluate a situation and take the correct tactical action. When one’s rank is low, the tactical problems are relatively simple. As one’s rank increases, the problems become more complex, but by the time one is promoted, one’s skills have developed to cope with this.
But in an army where you need a brigade commander’s permission even to fire a warning shot, in an army where no one thinks and everyone robotically executes The Plan regardless of whether or not The Plan corresponds to the tactical reality, none of this career development happens. As an NCO or a junior officer, one does not think. One does what one is told. If one runs into a problem, one does not solve it himself. One calls one’s superiors for instructions. Then one waits for the august minds on high to make the decisions and give the orders. Then one mindlessly executes the new orders, regardless of any changes in the situation that have occurred in the meantime. Initiative is not rewarded, it is punished. Therefore the safest thing to do as a junior officer is to always take no action whatsoever beyond the letter of one’s orders, report any difficulties and await instructions. As a consequence, when one becomes a senior officer empowered to make actual decisions, one discovers that he has no idea how to do this.
The Israeli nitwit in charge of the operation to intercept the Marmara is the epitome of today’s IDF senior officer corps. You see, in his entire career, no one has taught him how to decide anything at all. Now he wastes precious time trying to figure out what to do, even as the soldiers he is supposed to care for as his own sons are bleeding and screaming down below.
5. While the nitwit in the command helicopter is pondering his career, an NCO identified only as Staff Sergeant S. is getting ready to slide down the rope into the melee on the Marmara’s deck. It is not clear whether he does this before or after the Exalted One gives the order to shoot, but Staff Sergeant S. takes out his pistol and opens fire at the Islamic guerrillas even as he slides down the rope to the deck. Let’s give him the credit of assuming that he opened fire BEFORE the idiot in the command helicopter officially opened his mouth. After all, it is consoling to think that at least among the elite units of the IDF there are still a few lower ranking soldiers who have not succumbed to the standard IDF lobotomy.
Arriving on deck, Staff Sergeant S. takes command and rallies the remaining men. The Israeli commandos consolidate their position to protect those of their wounded who have not been captured and drive back the attacking guerrillas by concentrated, accurate pistol fire.
6. The Islamic guerrilla battalion commander deploys his snipers, his al-Qaeda platoon and a large number of troops from the rest of the battalion, as well as much of the strike company, in an effort to overrun the Israelis led by Staff Sergeant S. However, Staff Sergeant S . and his men are better soldiers with superior weaponry. They may have been subjected to an all-out IDF effort to lobotomize and roboticize them, but there is absolutely nothing wrong with their individual combat skills. Now that the idiots with the falafel and swords on their epaulettes are out of the picture and a sensible man with stripes on his sleeves is in charge, things begin to go well. With Staff Sergeant S. directing them to kill the Islamic enemy, the Israelis on deck quickly kill or suppress the two guerrilla snipers. Skills drilled in over endless hours at the shooting range take over and the men become what they should have been from the beginning – flawless killing machines.
The Israelis are triple-tapping their targets to cope with the al-Qaeda vests. With their 9mm pistols, they are able to put two in the chest and one in the head before a body hits the ground. Stress and bruises are making their fire less effective than it would be on a range, but it is plenty effective enough. Ironically, fatigue and the order to shoot for the legs also work to make the al-Qaeda vests less effective. The natural tendency of tired men with pistols shooting in a hurry is to shoot low to begin with. And some are still aiming low as well. This puts bullets into groins, lower abdomens and thighs, where bulletproof vests do not cover. The Islamic attack is driven back despite the weight of numbers and the bulletproof vests.
7. By this point, nine Islamic guerrillas are dead and around thirty are seriously wounded. Another twenty or thirty suffer light injuries of various kinds. More Israelis have either already landed or are about to land on the top deck of the Marmara and the Israelis in the boats are making another determined effort to climb on board. According to some reports, there is fighting by this point in the ship’s interior spaces as well, so it is probable that some Israeli elements beside the one rallied by Staff Sergeant S. have made it aboard.
As far as the Islamic guerrilla battalion commander is concerned, the mission has been accomplished. The propaganda has been created and disseminated. The Israelis have been humiliated. Martyrs have been made. The Turkish government has been given the necessary pretext to mount a renewed propaganda campaign against Israel and to smear its domestic Kemalist enemies as “allies of Zionist murderers” and “friends of the evil Jews”.
Staff Sergeant S. and his men are obviously short on ammunition. Another push may well overrun them. But this will accomplish nothing except for causing more casualties among the guerrillas and further showing off the combat skills of the strike company and the al-Qaeda platoon, who are all supposed to be “non-violent” “peace activists”. In other words, prolonging the show any further will only serve to counteract the propaganda advantage gained, cost men who can be used in a latter battle and give the Israelis more opportunities to identify the professional guerrillas among the amateurs, part-timers and hangers-on.
In doctrinal terms, the enemy is about to apply overwhelming force. The mission now is to preserve the guerrilla element.
8. The Islamic battalion commander begins a negotiation with Staff Sergeant S., using an Arab MK as a mediator. The Israelis agree to treat the wounded guerrillas in exchange for the release of the captive Israeli troops. An orderly takeover by Israeli troops is agreed upon, giving strike company personnel time to disperse among the other guerrillas, remove bulletproof vests hidden under clothing and pitch much incriminating evidence overboard or hide it as best they can.
9. An announcement is made in English, Arabic and Turkish over the Marmara’s loudspeakers ordering all guerrillas to cease activities and return to the ship’s cabins. Israeli forces boarding the Marmara slowly take over the ship.
10. Mission accomplished. Propaganda disseminated. Israel humiliated. Israelis are stuck trying to sort out who is who aboard the Marmara, trying to pick the professional guerrillas out from among the rest. Guerrilla high command, in this case the Turkish government, applies pressure to ensure the release of the captured guerrilla battalion. As is generally the case, the Israeli government crumbles under pressure and promptly releases most of the prisoners. Even though Turkey committed an act of war against Israel, the Israelis choose to ignore it and pretend that the Turkish troops aboard the Marmara were random “activists” working independently of the Turkish government.
This is what happened, dear reader, plus or minus a small detail or two. The bottom line is that only when the Jews of the Holy Land adopt the same tactics of riot, ambush, propaganda, hostage-taking, negotiation and pressure in order to defend our homeland and liberate it from the Israelis will our community know peace and an end to Israeli oppression. Only when Israeli soldiers are beaten and shot, killed, severely injured, humiliated and taken hostage while trying to attack Jewish communities will the State of Israel listen to reason. Only by highlighting the incompetence and cowardice of senior IDF officers, for example by demanding that in exchange for the release of any wounded enlisted men, their brigade, division and corps commanders give themselves up as hostages and then playing up the falafel-wearers’ craven refusal, can Jewish guerrillas create an atmosphere of proper contempt for Israel’s senior officer corps and a proper attitude toward the IDF among fellow Jews. Only by eschewing heroic last stands and instead knowing when to retreat and go to ground can Jewish guerrillas resisting the Israeli effort to exterminate the Jews of Eretz Yisrael preserve and build their forces. And it will often take the same kinds of hostage negotiations and violent public pressure to extricate Jewish guerrillas fighting riot actions to defend Am Yisrael and Eretz Yisrael from Israeli oppression.
The lessons from the Marmara are timely and numerous. The question is, will the Jews of Eretz Yisrael heed these lessons or will they continue to bury their heads in the sand and pretend that the State of Israel is not out to destroy them?
25 Sivan, 5770