The audacity of naivete

Christopher Hitchens asks some tough questions of the activists, including author Alice Walker and Gaddafi lackey Cynthia McKinney, participating in the Gaza “flotilla.”

It seems safe and fair to say that the flotilla and its leadership work in reasonably close harmony with Hamas, which constitutes the Palestinian wing of the Muslim Brotherhood. The political leadership of this organization is headquartered mainly in Gaza itself. But its military coordination is run out of Damascus, where the regime of Bashar Assad is currently at war with increasingly large sections of the long-oppressed Syrian population. Refugee camps, some with urgent humanitarian requirements, are making their appearance on the border between Syria and Turkey (the government of the latter being somewhat sympathetic to the purposes of the flotilla). In these circumstances, isn’t it legitimate to strike up a conversation with the “activists” and ask them where they come out on the uprising against hereditary Baathism in Syria?

Hitchens notes that the Hamas regime in Gaza “became the only governing authority in the world—by my count—to express outrage and sympathy at the death of Osama Bin Laden.”