Right now, Israel is in the midst of some real soul searching.
Oh, not the normal kind where you sit and think hard about why you did this, or why you feel like that. No, Israelis are searching the souls of their leaders. They want to know the whys and wherefores of the war in Lebanon. They want to know why the war wasn’t won more decisively. They want to know why certain units didn’t have enough supplies. They want to know why this group wasn’t talking enough to THAT group.
And on and on.
The bottom line is that mistakes were made, and Israelis want to know why.
They suspect that their politicians are at fault, but I know the REAL reason. I have spent a lot of time gathering deep intel, and my intelligence sources (my cats) tell me that the real reason is…
The real reason why Israel made mistakes in southern Lebanon is that Israel doesn’t like going to war. She would rather do something else, anything else. It’s messy. People get hurt. And, it’s expensive.
Israelis would rather send their kids to nice schools and visit their parents on the weekends. They’d rather see another brand of peanut butter in the grocery store. They want good medical care and roads without potholes.
In democracies, politicians know this. That’s why they spend the absolute minimum on the military. And, they know that you don’t win elections by going to war. You win them by making people feel better.
The bottom line is that Israel screwed up in southern Lebanon because she is a democracy.
That’s good, which makes it something to be proud of.