Having a decent Google ranking due to some good links in 2002-2003 hasn't brought much traffic. So I haven't had much enthusiasm for writing here.
The flotilla thing of the past week has added another layer of surreal-ness to the situation here.
What seems unprecedented to me is how the facts of the situation are now known - but the governments and media seem to be carrying on as if nothing was learned since the first (now-obsolete) accounts of the peaceniks were made public. In particular the NYTimes writers (Ethan Bronner, Robert Mackey) seem to be aware of who the IHH are and what happened on the Mavi Marmara but are doing their best to obscure the situation.
This is really messing me up personally and getting me unfocused and angry. In a few days I will have gotten accustomed to this new level of unreality. Reading the NYTimes today reminds me of listening to shortwave broadcasts of Radio Moscow when I was a teenager.
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