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Reader comment on item: "Free Gaza" Flotilla Defeats the Israel Defense Forces

Submitted by reeves (United States), Jun 1, 2010 at 16:12

What right does one country have to board a vessel of another country in international waters without invitation, or without a declaration of war between the two countries? If "suspicion" grants such a right, then a United Nations type of world power has the right to determine the independent actions of all nations, and has the right to investigate whether or not a country's cargo meets its standards, or is "proper." If the Gaza Strip is an independent, sovereign country, and if the two countries in question are not at war, then Israel is clearly in the wrong boarding one of Gaza's ships for any reason whatsoever.

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