McArdle is basically where I am:
This morning a bunch of people are trying to defend Israel by saying that the protesters attacked first. No, they didn't. Boarding someone's ship in international waters is an attack. To put it another way, how many of the people mounting this defense would criticize Israeli sailors if they attacked a bunch of armed Palestinians who were airdropping, one by one, onto their ship, after firing tear gas grenades in to soften them up?