There is always so much to cover!
When I came across this - Army shocked by 'flotilla looters'
In reference to the IDF soldiers stealing from the Gaza bound flotilla aid workers.
Yes, the IDF is shocked. Shocked they say!
"If the suspicions prove to be true, there must be a serious problem in the IDF in terms of values"
That sentence made me laugh, the irony. Values in the IDF?
Let's take a look at the so called 'values' the IDF (Israeli Defence Forces) have.
Another story on the IDF perpetrated Gaza flotilla thievery
Of course Israel claims no one reported laptops stolen. Quoting from first news story-
Second lieutenant arrested along with six other soldiers earlier this week on suspicion of stealing at least(?) six laptop computers from Gaza-bound aid flotilla.
"The IDF did not receive complaints of stolen computers"
Which is nonsense, as I recall reading numerous complaints of stolen property.
From this story;
Complaints by flotilla passengers about stolen equipment surfaced not long after the raid. Activists told the British Guardian in June that credit cards confiscated by the IDF had been used.
But, the IDF was unaware?! And didn't receive complaints. Utter nonsense.
I will agree there are serious problems within the IDF. In terms of values and morals that are not shocking in the least. They start at the top and go on down.....
An arguement could be made that the problem is societal, much larger then just the military alone, but for today we will stick with the IDF.
So we have soldiers that looted property (laptops, credit cards) from flotilla passengers, that the IDF claims they had no knowledge of...... and of course are making the usual claim it is a few bad apples. Or in this case a few bad weeds.
Let's take a look at another news story making the rounds this week.
More 'bad apples/weeds' in the IDF.
Eden Abergail and her trophy photos.
- Eden has defended her action by saying “in war there are no rules“.
While having the "best time of her life" which included happy poses beside Palestinians prisoners. The "best time of her life"? How sick is this individual?
Let her words speak for her-
"I can’t afford to have Arab—lovers ruin the perfect life I’m leading!!! I am not sorry and I do not regret it.”
“I hate Arabs and wish them all the worst. I would gladly kill them all and even butcher them; one cannot forget their actions.”
But is this obvious psychopath (definition below) Eden Abergail really just a single bad apple?
(psychopath- n. A person with an antisocial personality disorder, manifested in aggressive, perverted, criminal, or amoral behavior without empathy or remorse.)
-IDF soldiers arrested over alleged mistreatment of Palestinian detainees
5 Nahal Haredi soldiers suspected of taking their photographs alongside bound detainees, as well as two cases of drug use.
And look more photos
Breaking the Silence, an organisation that collects testimonies from soldiers serving in the West Bank, uploaded new images including a group of soldiers posing next to a seriously wounded Palestinian lying on the floor and a picture of a soldier pointing a rifle at a prisoner stripped to his underwear.
While the Israeli media and government want you to believe the bad apple propaganda, when it comes to Eden Abergail's photo diary. The truth is, this type of treatment is widespread amongst IDF soldiers.
Meanwhile, supporters of Ms Abergil set up a new Facebook page yesterday entitled: “We’re all with Eden Abergil.” They also posted fresh images of troops posing in front of Palestinian prisoners.
Hurray, more images from more psychopaths! Suddenly the bad apple has turned into an entire orchard!
While I have your attention, or should I say, since we are already standing in an orchard full of bad, rotting apples, let's delve a little more into the actions of the "most moral army in the world".( As claimed by Ehud Barak, a man that certainly knows morality.)
You may or may not have known, because it certainly didn't garner any attention in the western media, but Israel took a look at it's conduct during operation Cast Lead. Their actions, at least the ones they admitted to are ugly, abusive and horrific. It indicates, again, that the problems within the IDF have nothing to do with bad apples or weeds that need pulling. The problems are widespread.
New Israeli report on Operation Cast Lead confirms Goldstone report’s main findings
IDF confirms over 20 gravest findings of the Goldstone Report
Several of the most dramatic instances of war crimes, which previously stirred Israel’s defenders into fits, are now publicly admitted by the IDF in the recent update to its official response (which can be found here).
Some examples of war crimes include:-White phosphorous in urban areas
-The murder of two unarmed Palestinians carrying white flags of surrender.
-Al-Samouni family massacre:
-Firing on Al Maqadmah and other mosques during prayer time.
-The use of innocent Palestinians as human shields: The Goldstone report explains that in order “to carry out house searches as human shields the Israeli soldiers took off AD/03’s blindfold but he remained handcuffed. He was forced to walk in front of the soldiers and told that, if he saw someone in the house but failed to tell them, he would be killed. He was instructed to search each room in each house cupboard by cupboard. After one house was completed he was taken to another house with a gun pressed against his head and told to carry out the same procedure there. He was punched, slapped and insulted throughout the process.” The new Israeli report identifies this anonymous human shield AD/03 and confirms this episode. Other cases of human shield use, e.g. Abbas Ahmad Ibrahim Halawa and Mahmoud Abd Rabbo al-Ajrami, were also confirmed.
Thievery, prisoner abuse, the use of white phosphorous, human shields, massacring entire families etc., etc.,
There are problems in the IDF, cleary it is not limited to a few, it is spread throughout the entire military.
One last item, an image, which speaks volumes of the 'morality' of the IDF.