Are you a Middle Eastern Tyrant with a case of the doldrums? We have the solution for you:
Deny your people freedom of speech? Big deal. It's not like anyone else in the region has it, except those pesky Zionists, and Allah hates them anyway.
Did you give your police arbitrary arrest powers and they have a sadistic propensity towards torture? Silly question. Of course you did! Your people may resent that, but not out loud and in public.
Oil prices have plateaued for a while and your economy is stagnant? Remind your people that it's probably an American/Zionist plot.
But still, every once in a while it's important to remind the people you exploit, rob from and oppress that you're their champion, so why not do that with an inexpensive yet provocative gesture that will send your domestic popularity skyrocketing?
Send a ship to Gaza! It's cheap, it's risk free (for you) and the best part is, that if the effort itself is a failure, it's still a success! You get to play the familiar, and time-tested role of victim of oppressive Zionist and Western "tyranny" !!
(Ha! Ha!..You could show those idiotic democratic countries a thing or two about tyranny, but let's not talk about that out of school.)
Satisfaction guaranteed. Just ask our newest client, Libyan dictator, Muammar Gaddafi.