4 notes in midst of winter
End to fiasco in Iraq passes through Jerusalem, Golan
Published: 12.10.06, 17:57
Do you remember the heart-wrenching stories told by tsunami survivors two
years ago? How they had felt the slight trembling of the earth and how the
waves suddenly rose and then drew back while they were still sitting on the
golden sands surrendering their bodies to the sun's rays? They recounted how
everything was so magical, so quiet, tranquil, and then.
Close examination of the ambitions and recklessness of the US president, any
American president, to enter the annals of history by doing something
extraordinary, makes it clearly apparent that the next two years of George
Bush's term in office are likely to create a tsunami in the Middle East.
It appears that the price for Bush's glory will be paid by Yehuda Harel,
Yehuda Walman and Avi Zeira and their friends living in the Golan Heights (it
should be noted: This is not what I hope for.) Had I currently been living in
Katzrin, Ramat Magshimim or Merom Golan I would be concerned.
>From the luscious green Golan one can only see the small waves rising and hear
the silence, and those warning against the rising waves of the crushing ocean
are castigated. But it's coming.
The first sign is the Baker-Hamilton report that is attempting to save Bush
from the Iraqi quagmire via Syria, the Land of Israel and Palestine. Baker and
Hamilton have turned the tables, and their findings are currently far removed
from Bush's intentions.
However, a few more American fatalities in the Iraqi alleyways of Baghdad and
it will be George Bush the hero who will inch closer to Hamilton and Baker,
not the other way around.
As far as these two are concerned, the best way to end the fiasco in Iraq
passes through Jerusalem and Katzrin, even if not stated explicitly. Is Iraq
still a member of the axis of evil? If so, so what? The change can come about
overnight: In Israel too, people were once shot for waving the PLO flag.
Meanwhile, the palms are swaying peacefully in the summery breeze of winter
2006. It's so beautiful on the Golan Heights right now.
Last week I attacked the argument set out in the state comptroller's report
that IDF commanders had not been trained in a military college and therefore
failed the test of the recent war in Lebanon. My argument was based on media
reports - and I was wrong, boy was I wrong.
The state comptroller's report, compiled by Major General (res.) Mandy Or,
clearly states that overall training was lacking and it elaborates in depth
the reasons for the painful shortcomings of the war: The absence of a common
language (Tower of Babel,) substandard courses, annulment of training and
exercises, faulty implementation of commands, if any, and of course, lack of
operational experience - not the fault of the commanders.
The findings clearly indicate that the state comptroller's report is alright,
while the IDF isn't. Between us, I would prefer it to be the other way around.
Send the referee home
A short review of the High Court's response to the petition requesting the
disbanding of the Winograd Committee of Inquiry probing the shortcomings of
the second Lebanon war, shows that all seven judges, even the four who
rejected the petition and ordered the continuation of the committee's
deliberations, are not at all comfortable with the committee and its
activities, to say the least.
In my own words, seven of the High Court's panel of judges would like to send
their colleague Judge Winograd home.
If this is the opinion of all the judges, members of the Winograd Committee
should have taken the courage to throw in the towel and go home. It is
impossible and incomprehensible that they would do their job while the opinion
of the High Court is hovering above their heads.
West Bank miracles and wonders
Last week Colonel Nissim Solomon (res.) passed away. Had the settlers of the
West Bank ten or twenty years ago paused for a brief moment from the momentum
of flattery and admiration towards Arik Sharon to read Solomon's writings,
they would have known what was in store for them.
But they sang in Sharon's praise and their loud voices drowned out Solomon's
words. He was an honorable officer who was removed from his post as the head
of the IDF history department because he wrote the truth and wouldn't succumb
to distorting it with tales of Sharon's battles.
Yes, Nissim Solomon, deceased, was an honorable officer. Perhaps too
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