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Columbia in Gaza: The Purpose of the Pier*

J.E. Dyer
The Optimistic Conservative, May 26, 2024

“The pier is there in part to do what President Obama and John Kerry were unable to do through an arrangement in the West Bank (Judea and Samaria) in Obama’s second term.”

With the Gaza pier now reportedly shooting off support infrastructure to bounce away with utility landing craft in the choppy seas, thoughtful Americans may be trying to puzzle out why the pier has been put there.  The point is especially puzzling in light of how little humanitarian aid has actually gotten to inland distribution points, much less to certified hungry Gazans.  (For a mental adjustment, the first aid shipment was transferred at sea for delivery to the pier between 11 and 16 May, and the pier was declared operational on16 May.  It’s now 26 May.)

A U.S. army landing craft along with a piece of the floating Gaza pier are currently stuck on an Israeli beach.
— Trey Yingst (@TreyYingst) May 25, 2024
Day 2 of the US army landing craft LCM 8558 on the beach of Ashdod along with a tug that is often referred to as part of the floating pier but is actually a kind of vessel used to help move the pier. The tug broke free when the floating pier was being taken to Ashdod due to heavy…
— Seth Frantzman (@sfrantzman) May 26, 2024

Some aid had begun getting through, just before the pier-involved mishap.

But there has been much speculation by Biden’s critics on the “why” of the pier.  Most speculation is at the tactical or operational level, in terms of how it would manifest itself.  E.g., intelligent observers suggest the pier will at some point be the central feature in an incident that would prompt U.S. intervention of some kind ashore, in Gaza. … [To read the full article, click here]

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