Bring Israel under its gaze and the diplomatic sloths at UN headquarters morph into the swiftest of gazelles. From lotus-eaters to adrenalin junkies in the twinkling of an eye. Quite amazing, really.
A blockaded coast is a war zone. An attempt to breach a naval blockade, even if it's only to distribute crutches, is an act of war. The laws governing war at sea permit intruding vessels to be boarded and inspected, and in some circumstances seized, detained or scuttled.
Sorry, but the worst actor in this drama is also the biggest winner: Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Erdogan is the man who set the crisis in motion, and he will receive from the crisis exactly what he hoped.