Troops Get Taste of Israeli Life
as civilians, ambulances used to transport
arms, gunmen hiding out in mosques,
suicide bombers attacking checkpoints.
These are some of the threats U.S.
soldiers have faced in Iraq in the
last three weeks, but they are dangers
Israelis have been facing for years.
Though it is perhaps too much to hope
for, the Iraq war may help Americans
better appreciate what Israelis are
The parallels are quite
remarkable. Remember the international
outcry when Israel dropped a bomb on
the home of one of the leaders of Hamas
and a number of civilians were killed
as well? The United States did not hesitate
to use its bombers to vaporize Iraqi
targets when the regime’s leaders were
suspected of being present in a building
and, despite the precision of the weapons,
many civilians were part of the “collateral
damage.” Unlike Israel, however, which
is condemned, flagellates itself, and
apologizes endlessly, Defense Secretary
“Attila the Rum” chalks it up to the
cost of war.
How many times have
we also heard about trigger happy Israeli
soldiers who shoot Palestinians who fail
to stop at checkpoints? Well, U.S. soldiers
faced the same dilemma after suicide
bombers blew up their comrades at a checkpoint
and did not hesitate to shoot at Iraqis
who failed to heed warnings to stop.