Sunday, August 20, 2006

For Those of You Who Like to See the Glass Half Full

I think most people in Israel today agree that the leaders of our government are awful - to put it mildly. The inevitable talk about an inquiry commission will eventually lead to a lot of them getting booted out.

At the same time I think that we should emphasize that there is a lot of positive things to be proud of - and that not only did we accomplish things in this war, but that the average, and not so average, IDF soldier proved that we really still have what it takes to get the job done.

Hashmonean has an excellent analysis of this recent Lebanon war, and believes that we accomplished a great deal. Please read all of his posts on this - which include some good background on the history of Lebanon.

I was also glad to see that the fight hasn't ended, and that at least one IDF officer tells it like it is - to the New York Times, no less.

Gail at Crossing the Rubicon has a translated part of an interview with two injured IDF soldiers who are not only brave, but put everything into the correct perspective. reports on the commando officer who was killed this weekend in Lebanon. This is just one example of the many brave fighters who serve in the elite units - away from the media spotlight. They quietly risk their lives saving ours, and even after their deaths we don't learn of the things they accomplished. These are the guys that find the terrorists in Judea and Samaria and kill them before they can kill us. These are the guys who are dropped into enemy territory, get the information we need, and come back with it - so that not only can the IDF accomplish what it needs to do, but it can do it with less risk for the average soldier.

And not every "soldier" wears a green uniform. In this weekend's Makor Rishon there was a picture of a religious lady with some portable bar-b-ques, cooking up a storm. The caption told of this mother of 18,(bli ayin hara) who came up to the border of Lebanon to bring her sons some "home cooked" food. It turns out that she has 7 sons in combat units in the north. Don't underestimate a country with mothers like these.


Blogger Batya said...

I try to look at the bright side, but be careful to read the fine print.

7:33 PM, August 20, 2006  
Blogger Jerusalemcop said...

18 kids!!!!!

I'm surprised she had the energy to make it to the border. :)

Goes to show how tough Israeli mothers can be.

Keep looking on the bright side, always a better view than from the other side.


6:15 PM, August 24, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And let me add that Nazrallah said that they didn't expect such a strong answer from Israel. The IDF did what they could, and they did quite a lot.

1:41 PM, August 29, 2006  
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