Sunday, January 18, 2009

Israeli Army

Overall, the Israeli military is the best trained, equipped and supplied in the world. Soldier for soldier, the Israeli military is the best in the world. I use the term, soldier for soldier instead of man for man because Israel has done a superb job of incorporating women into its armed services. This applies to combat as well as non-combat units. Until Israel came into existence, the Soviet Union during World War II had the best results using women in combat roles. Israel has not just beaten that old standard; it has established an entirely new level.

Israel has fought 4 major wars and countless campaigns like the one going on today. The only time that I am aware of that an Israeli unit has broken and fled the field in disorder was during the 1973 war. The situation would have triggered an earlier panic in any other combat unit in any army in the world. This is one hell of a record and demonstrates the strength of discipline and spirit within the Israeli military.

It will be wise to keep this in mind whenever you hear or see any reports about how the Israeli army is guilty of any ‘atrocities’. EVERY war has atrocities. We are all human. War brings out the best and the worst in people. As I have stated in the past, a direct relationship exists between the amount of training a unit has undergone and the amount of atrocities it commits. Generally, the more thorough the training, the fewer the atrocities. Seeing as the Israeli military is one of the best trained (If not THE best) in the world, any atrocities that are committed can be judged to be just about beyond what is humanly possible to avoid.

This is not to say that the people who commit them should not be punished. What you want to keep in mind is that because of the training, any atrocities committed by an Israeli unit are far more likely to become public than any adversary they may face. This can and has been used against them. Please also keep in mind that the reverse is also true. The lower the levels of training, not only are atrocities more likely, but the same atrocities are much less likely to become public knowledge.

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