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Friday, May 20, 2005

What an Army Should Be and what the Isreali army no longer represents

Though Israel's army has been called one of the best in the world, its current officers and generals have recently began to act more like politicians than soldiers, pushing the retoric of diplomatic solutions to win our current war, and even acknowledging their duty to evict Jews from thier own homes instaed of focusing on fighting our relentless enemies, this quote from General Doglas Macarthur (in his farewell speeck to the Cadets of West Point in 1962) is very refreshing indeed...

"Yours is the profession of arms, the will to win, the sure knowledge that in war there is no substitute for victory, that if you lose, the Nation will be destroyed, that the very obsession of your public service must be Duty, Honor, Country.

Others will debate the controversial issues, national and international, which divide men's minds. But serene, calm, aloof, you stand as the Nation's war guardians, as its lifeguards from the raging tides of international conflict, as its gladiators in the arena of battle. For a century and a half you have defended, guarded and protected its hallowed traditions of liberty and freedom, of right and justice.

Let civilian voices argue the merits or demerits of our processes of government. Whether our strength is being sapped by deficit financing indulged in too long, by federal paternalism grown too mighty, by power groups grown too arrogant, by politics grown too corrupt, by crime grown too rampant, by morals grown too low, by taxes grown too high, by extremists grown too violent; whether our personal liberties are as firm and complete as they should be.

These great national problems are not for your professional participation or military solution. Your guidepost stands out like a tenfold beacon in the night: Duty, Honor, Country.
You are the leaven which binds together the entire fabric of our national system of defense.
From your ranks come the great captains who hold the Nation's destiny in their hands the moment the war tocsin sounds."

I write this post as a proud Jew who serves in the Israeli army yearly as part of my reserve duty.

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