Galloway picked up the story of Marshall’s “switcharoo” gaffe in today’s Morning Jolt. Chip Koplin, a strong supporter of our intervention on Israel’s behalf and a Macon resident, wrote a letter to Rep. Jim Marshall this month dealing with the Gaza flotilla incident and the global outcry against Israel.
He asked Marshall to voice his support for Israel, but the Congressman’s reply, which you can read in its entirety here, probably left Koplin scratching his head:
Thank you for contacting me with your condemnation of Israel’s actions against the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, and your demand that it be held accountable.
Humanitarian aid should be allowed to reach Gaza. The United States itself has provided a great deal of humanitarian funding and aid for Gaza. I have strongly supported that despite some criticism from supporters of Israel. Weapons, ammunition, other military supplies and fighters do not have humanitarian purposes.
I assume Israel’s intervention was designed to deter such non-humanitarian support. I’m told that Israeli soldiers were armed with only paintball guns and side arms in the event of an emergency[,] and that six of the boats in the flotilla were detoured to Israel without incident. So the question is what happened on the sixth ship?