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8:25 AM ET, June 1, 2010

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Jonathan Schanzer / Weekly Standard:
The Terror Finance Flotilla  —  The Turkish organizers of the Gaza Strip-bound flotilla that was boarded this morning by Israeli commandos knew well in advance that their vessels would never reach Israeli waters.  That's because the organizers belong to a nonprofit that was banned …
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Ian Welsh:
Holy Sweet Lord, Turkey has announced they will send another flotilla to Gaza—escorted by the Turkish Navy!  —  If they actually do this, it is the very definition of throwing down.  —  Wow.  —  Does Israel want a war with Turkey?  They can't win it, short of using nukes …
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
On the Disappearance of Jewish Wisdom, Far Out at Sea  —  I had breakfast this very unhappy morning in Jerusalem with Daniel Gordis, the author of many wise books, including one I just began reading, “Saving Israel: How the Jewish People Can Win a War That May Never End.”
George Friedman / STRATFOR:
Flotillas and the Wars of Public Opinion  —  On Sunday, Israeli naval forces intercepted the ships of a Turkish nongovernmental organization (NGO) delivering humanitarian supplies to Gaza.  Israel had demanded that the vessels not go directly to Gaza but instead dock in Israeli ports …
ibnlive.in.com:
Turkey threatens action; Israel on alert  —  New Delhi: Turkey has threatened Israel with unprecedented action after Israeli forces attacked an aid vessel, killing 10 peace activists headed to Gaza.  —  Israel said 10 people died while those on the ship said at least 15 were killed.
Daniel W. Drezner:
Israel's increasingly untenable situation  —  How badly has Israel f**ked up in its response to a flotilla intending to deliver aid to Hamas-controlled Gaza?  Pretty f**king badly.  —  Sure, you can argue that the people on the ships weren't exactly Christ-like in their embrace of nonviolence.
IDF Spokesperson's / Israel Defense Force Spokesperson:
Close-Up Footage of Mavi Marmara Passengers Attacking IDF Soldiers, 31 May 2010
Spectator:
‘Peace convoy’? This was an Islamist terror ambush
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Analysis: Condemnation of Israeli assault complicates relations with U.S.
Discussion: Sic Semper Tyrannis
Noah Pollak / Commentary:
Nice Guys Finish Last
Sabrina Tavernise / New York Times:
Raid Jeopardizes Turkey Relations
Palestinian Media Watch:
Gaza flotilla participants created war atmosphere before confronting Israel
CNN:
World reaction to Israel after raid on aid flotilla mostly negative
Political Punch:
Officials: Al Qaeda No. 3 Killed  —  US officials tell ABC News that al Qaeda's No. 3 — Mustafa Ahmed Muhammad Uthman Abu al-Yazid, known as Shaikh Sa'id al-Masri and Mustafa Abu al-Yazid - has been killed.  Al Qaeda released a eulogy of Shaikh Sa'id tonight, officials said.
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Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
Al Qaeda Leader Reported Killed in Missile Strike  —  WASHINGTON — The operational leader for Al Qaeda in Afghanistan was killed in an American missile strike in Pakistan's tribal areas in the last two weeks, according to a statement the group issued late Monday that American officials believe is correct.
The Long War Journal:
Top al Qaeda leader Mustafa Abu Yazid confirmed killed in airstrike …
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Washington Post:
Obama administration moves to distance itself from BP on oil spill response  —  Struggling to convey command of the worsening Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the Obama administration is taking steps to distance itself from BP and is dispatching Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. to the Gulf Coast to meet with federal and state prosecutors.
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CNN:
Obama to meet Tuesday with heads of oil spill commission
Discussion: The Politico
Breaking News from the Press-Register:
Gulf Coast: Get ready for the summer of oil; 'It's the end …
Discussion: Guardian and Think Progress
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
Owners Stop Paying Mortgages, and Stop Fretting  —  ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — For Alex Pemberton and Susan Reboyras, foreclosure is becoming a way of life — something they did not want but are in no hurry to get out of.  —  Foreclosure has allowed them to stabilize the family business.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Videos Of The Raid  —  Another gripping one is here, showing the activists attacking the commandos boarding their ship.  —  A simple point.  The violence by the activists is pretty abhorrent.  These are not followers of Gandhi or MLK Jr. But the violence is not fatal to anyone …
Financial Times:
Google ditches Windows on security concerns  —  Google is phasing out the internal use of Microsoft's ubiquitous Windows operating system because of security concerns, according to several Google employees.  —  The directive to move to other operating systems began in earnest in January …
John / Power Line:
Phase Two  —  Now that the thugs on board the Mavi Marvara have gotten the violence they wanted and instigated, the second stage of Hamas's operation has begun: protests against Israel around the world.  In Paris, peace activists throw rocks and “rip up gratings to be used as projectiles.”
Discussion: Yahoo! News and Dean's World
Max Boot / Los Angeles Times:
America is still the best guarantor of freedom and prosperity  —  The U.S. still possesses unprecedented power projection capabilities, and just as important, it is armed with the goodwill of countless countries that know the U.S. offers protection from bullies.
Discussion: RealClearWorld and Pajamas Media
 
 
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