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Friday, June 30, 2006

Who's running this place??

I really couldn't stay out of the current situation for long:

I opened up today's Newspaper just to read the headline that the IDF Almost started the operation last night, but was stopped in the last second by the PM - Olmert.

Now I understand that there are lot's of different considerations before starting such a thing, including ones that I am sure I don't know. But I would like to take this in a much different direction.

The soldiers who have been sitting on the Gaza border for a week now. Let's ignore the fact that it is really hot there now, and let's not talk about the Danger of having thousands of soldiers packed into area with no real cover. I would like to take it down to the Soldiers level and what must be going through their mind at the moment:
They have been there since Monday - that's 4 days now and counting. They have been told 3-4 times now that any minute this operation will start. And every single time they have found out that it was a false call. The boredom starts kicking in, and last night they were told once again that they are not going to do anything. Since the army never starts anything on the weekend, they will not be doing anything till Sunday, but they can't go anywhere so they will have to spend the weekend in the field.

The problem here is double. On the one hand, for a soldier it is really a bad thing to be bored. Bored Soldiers have to try and find something to do with their time and in a lot of cases end of doing stupid things. But even worse than a bored soldier is the soldier who is told that something is going to happen only to find out again and again that nothing is going to happen - at least not now. While the officers and other commanders are off planing and talking and keeping themselves busy - the soldiers are sitting and waiting. Most of us don't like waiting and doing nothing for more than a few hours - these guys have been doing it for 4 days, and what's worse they know nothing is going to happen for the next 2.5.
You also start dealing with the "boy who cried wolf" syndrome, meaning next time they call everyone to get ready, some of them will start getting sloppy about it - after all nothing is really going to happen - this sloppiness is usually what get's soldiers killed.

Now I know that Olmert and Peretz are not generals, but neither am I. I also know that there are many considerations to this issue and it's not so simple - but I would like to know if they took this one into consideration.

Someone should figure out what needs to be done and go and do it, either operate in Gaza or don't - this half on half off - constant changing of minds ETC. is going to get soldiers killed. The problem is I think Papa-Olmert and Mama-Peretz are still fighting - and of course every time the parents fight the ones who get hurt are the kids. The problem is that these kids are the Soldiers and getting hit means... well you can figure it out.


At 7:29 PM, Blogger he who is known as sefton said...

the problem with the Palestinians -

Their problem is not so much that, whatever their leadership, they never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity. It goes deeper than that. Given the chance to shoot themselves in the foot, the Palestinians do so ... in a heartbeat ... cheerfully.

By the way, that observation is found in my piece, titled "garden party crashed, snide follow-up". And the text for the hyperlink is, as follows:


At 8:23 PM, Blogger Osaid Rasheed said...

Soften :

try to say something more reasonable.

At 2:51 AM, Blogger Olah Chadasha said...

Osaid, you need to take your own advice.


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