I, like any peace loving persons on this planet earth, deplore the abhorent act of the Israelis of shooting and killing unarmed civilians especially when these people are on a mercy mission to a nation that has been cut off from the rest of the world. However when one looks at the whole episode objectively, it may yet paint a different picture. The Israelis provided early warning to the crew of the Mavi Marmara not to approach the militarised area and went further by instructing the crew to dock at the Ashdod Port instead, where they can then proceed using the formal land crossings under the crew's supervision. Why did the crew not adhere to the instruction and instead responded by saying, "Negative, negative ... our destination is Gaza". If you were to ask me, such stubborn act is merely inviting trouble since Israel is a nation on war footing for the last 60 years and will not hesitate to retaliate if they felt threatened. In any case, the world had better take a step back before the region explodes into another international crisis which we can do without.