Saturday, November 11, 2006

Another tragedy. Another Mistake.

The past couple of days in Israel have been very difficult. The overwhelming displeasure of what took place in Bet Hanoun is heard over and over again.

“It’s horrible what’s happening. What are they thinking?” a cab driver asked me. “The situation is becoming absolutely unacceptable. We’re making mistake after mistake, proving we’re not as competent as we think.” I replied.

We went on to discuss the situation; “Today’s soldiers aren’t what they used to be. It’s obvious that there are many commanders and soldiers alike who shouldn’t be doing what they are doing.”

The discussions continue into Friday’s night dinner and never ending criticism overtakes the agenda.

We all agree one thing: It was a tragedy, a huge mistake, and someone needs to be held accountable. In this case, including the failure in Lebanon and the failures that triggered Lebanon – the IDF needs to be held accountable.

The IDF needs to slow things down.
The IDF needs to take some time for self reflection.
The IDF needs to re-evaluate policies and procedures.
The IDF needs to examine personnel and make changes where needed.
The IDF needs to analyze failures and plan to prevent future failures.
The IDF needs to consider alternative strategies and tactics.

The IDF needs change.


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