I’m reminded of the song from The Sound of Music, “How do you solve a problem like Maria?” Only this time the phrase “middle east” would replace Maria. Watching the news unfold about the ship trying to run the Israeli blockade of Gaza makes one wonder about the propaganda on both sides. If the flotilla’s real objective was to bring aid to Gaza, then it would have done what the Israelis requested (and five of the ships did, by the way) and sail into Ashdod and the supplies were transported to Gaza. But there was one ship & crew that decided not to follow the rules and tried to force its way through. People were killed and injured when the Israeli soldiers boarded the ship. I remember seeing an interview with one woman who brought her infant son on that ship saying something about her son being in danger. Doh! Quite frankly lady – how stupid can you be? They don’t want to understand that for the Israeli government, NO means NO. I don’t agree with the blockade of Gaza but I also realize the Israelis are still fearful after the attempted elimination of the all Jewish people only two generations ago. Now, as Prime Minister Netanyahu has said many times, an extreme Islamic theocracy pledged to the destruction of Israel (anyone hear echoes of Hitler?) is getting nuclear weapons. The Israelis have every reason to be frightened … we would be too if we were in their position, but as armchair quarterbacks a million miles away, it’s easy to be critical. That’s what’s happening at the United Nations in New York - that safeguard of humanity in places like Rawanda, Darfur or Zimbabwe. If only the UN were able to speak with the same forcefulness of those situations as it routinely does against Israel. But that’s too much to hope for.