Olmert is a betrayer of soldiers

Last week Times Online reported Israeli PM faces censure over ‘pointless’ deaths in Lebanon

THE final report of an official inquiry into the conduct of last year’s Lebanon war is expected to accuse Ehud Olmert, the Israeli prime minister, of having caused the pointless deaths of 33 Israeli soldiers in the final 60 hours of fighting.

This sounds like criminal negligence to me. Israelis are rightly outraged.

In the shadow of this report and the Annapolis’ concessions, Olmert has been making for “peace” we read ;

    The Complaint of an Israeli Soldier

    Paul Eidelberg

    “I’m turning in my uniform to Defense Minister Ehud Barak, and so are my buddies!”

    Why? I asked

    “Look we fight, we fight against Fatah and Hamas other Arab terrorists, right? We risk our lives, some of us are wounded, some of my friends have been killed by these terrorists, and Barak and Olmert agree to releasing 435 of these bastards as a good will gesture to their terrorist leaders, like Mahmoud Abbas, Why the hell should I fight and risk my life when these politicians are more concerned about their seats pleasing others than protecting us?”

    But if everyone took your attitude, every soldier would lay down his arms and Israel would be slaughtered. Jewish mothers and fathers, wives and children, would be butchered and raped just as they were in Hebron in 1929.

    “Look, we’re not stupid and we love Israel, and we are just as patriotic as any one. But no one has a right to order to me to attack some position in Gaza or in Lebanon when he knows we are going to return it to more Arab terrorists or to the UN, which is about the same thing. The trouble is we don’t have a real mission. Like destroying the enemy—period. Even when we attack, it’s only to retreat, and we pay with blood both ways. We’re sick of this political bullshit.”

    But look, war is not just fighting. There are political objectives, and fighting has to be subordinated to those objectives, and it’s for the government to set those objectives.

    “What objectives? The only objective I’ve seen is how to retreat and surrender. What’s the government’s political objective? What’s Barak’s objective? What’s Olmert’s objective? What’s the objective of these politicians? I’ll tell you what it is: It’s about how to keep his job, his power, his free trips to the States, his buying splurges in Manhattan. Barak has become millionaire and he wants to multiply his millions. Meanwhile, who is climbing the money ladder has to please Bush by releasing the terrorists we captured at the risk of our lives. Thousands—an army of terrorists, and they go on to kill Jews while Olmert kisses Abbas’ tuchiss,”

    Look, I know it’s bad, but this is a democracy and the military, your officer corps, has to follow the orders of the government.

    “Wait a minute! You think my parents and the families of my buddies go along with this camel dung and want to sit shiva for us because that’s the price we have to pay for living in a democracy? I don’t think you’ll find one in ten Israelis going for this crap. Look, I wanted to be an officer. If I were an officer I wouldn’t use my men as cannon fodder for the careers of politicians. I’m sick of our officers! Not a one them has the guts to stop this bloody charade. The first duty of an officer is protect his soldiers while carrying out his mission—and the only serious mission is to destroy the enemy. Instead, our officers are collaborating with a government that is collaborating with the enemy. What has become of our generals? They used to act like lions; now they behave like pussy cats. They have become the lackeys of self-serving politicians. I’m turning in my uniform. Enough is enough!”

November 23, 2007 | 3 Comments »

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  1. Remember the super-duper title of Victor Lasky’s book? The title’s IT DIDN’T START WITH WATERGATE.

    To charge PM Olbert with betrayal allows for the public opinion to be formed that prior events were not betrayal.

    Recall the abandonment of the South Lebananese Militia, an Israel ally.

    Recall the prisoner exchanges and the disproportionate ratios favoring the barbarians.

    George Orwell said something like =The corrolation is so strong, only an expert could miss it. =

    It didn’t start with PM Olmert.

    Her rulers judge for gifts
    Her priests give rulings for a fee
    And her prophets divine for pay

    MICAH 3:11

    Kol tuv,

  2. Sorry Ed, I also A soldier and an officer in Both the American and Israeli Armies can totally empathize with these soldiers complaints and feelings. Technically you are correct and you can’t have anarchy in the military but neither can you ask soldiers to risk their lives for careerist politicized spineless officers and stupid and corrupt politicians. Maybe if there is enough of a rebellion in the mil. the politicians we start to behave? Desperate times call for desperate actions.

  3. As a retired US Marine officer, I ask you not to turn in your uniform. The reasons are plenty, but most of all, when you and your friends do so, it emboldens our enemy. What I propose is this: as a unit ask permission to speak to your immediate superior as permission to speak to your commanding general and lay out your complaints in detail. This must be done with respect knowing that this General must confer with his fellow generals. The object is to refuse illegal orders coming from a traitor, Olmert. General Ashkenazi seems to have a level head regarding Israels perels and might lead an overthrow of the Israeli government if you plead your case with all facts laid out. I am certain that this generals and others, also, know just how precarious the situation is.

    Not if but when the war begins anew, a far better plan of engagement will be initiated and Israel will not fight with one arm behind her back. Pure hell will be released upon the Islamists and there will be complete destruction of the terrorist cells, unless for maybe 20 years or so. Hopefully, Israel will not bow to international pressure so as to finish what must be done. Remember, your job is to convince the generals to act swiftly and without remorse.

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