Ship of fools

Those manning the Turkish Hamas flotilla seeking to run the Israeli naval blockade of Gaza were no fools. They knew exactly what they were doing — see Jonathan Schanzer’s “The terror finance flotilla” — and they accomplished their mission in part.
The fools weren’t on the ship. The fools are on dry land, as can be deduced from the ship-of-fools quality to the response to Israel’s encounter with the flotilla. See Wesley Pruden’s “A shocking story of Israeli survival” and Caroline Glick’s “Ending Israel’s losing streak.” See also Mona Charen’s “Flotillas and falsehoods” (query: “Don’t members of the press ever resent being so used?”) and David Hornik’s “World regrets death of jihadists, vilifies Israel.” For a footnote involving the New York Times, see Seth Lipsky’s “Mavi Marmara and the Exodus.”