This mornings NY Sun newspaper has a page one story on Gen. Moshe Yaalon ,former Chief of the IDF, returning to Israel to work for the Shalem Institute.The real significance, is his potential to rise to the top of the political ladder,when the govt. falls.It was this potential move that I wrote about only recently.The author of the piece,compares him to Gen Ike Eisenhower,prior to his running for President.
Gen Yaalon had a 90% positive polling numbers prior to being dismissed by Sharon for opposing the Gaza withdrawal.
On my first Friday nite in Vietnam,I was staying at a hospital for two nights.Being tired from my trans-pacific flight, I went to bed early,and was awakened by the ground rumbling and shaking.I rolled out of bed , put on my helmet, and stayed under the bed for a few minutes.I was surprised that I heard no reaction from any of the officers in the vicinity.Twenty minutes later the rumblimgs started again.
In the morning, I inquired as to what had occurred.It seems that about 25 miles away, B-52's had done carpet bombing to annhilate Viet Cong villages and "formations".
It was not unlike the carpet bombing we utilized, to destroy Dresden in WW ii.
It was not as catastrophic as two atomic bombs we dropped on Japan to end the war.
NATO did not hesitate to bomb Bosnia,even without clear military targets.
How many innocent civilians lost their lives in the above attacks?
We all know that aside from Vietnam, such attacks led to earlier victories for our forces.Yet,many innocents were part of the casualties.
When it comes to Israel,which fights an enemy without uniforms,hiding behind civilian populations,there is an obvious double standard.
IT IS AMAZING, THAT LEBANON NEVER REPORTED A SINGLE HEZBOLLAH CASUALTY.
EVERY DEATH WAS CALLED "CIVILIAN".
COULD IT BE THAT 4,000 ROCKETS WERE FIRED BY "CIVILIANS"?
Hezbollah indiscriminately fires on civilian populations,sending 4,000 rockets that destroyed 16,000 homes and buildings and the world is silent.
In round two of this war,which will surely come,Israel must take off its gloves and fight as though they really are determined to destroy the enemy.Israel must totally destroy the building under which the bunkers lie.Let the terrorists suffocate and let not one Israeli soldier die, in the name of minimizing "civilian "casualties.
Justice, morality and the need to survive demands no less!