In one of the television reports broadcast this week, we saw − strange but true − an officer briefing his soldiers that there is no more important mission than preventing kidnappings: If necessary, the soldiers should shoot one another, anything but becoming hostages of Hezbollah.
And that's how I was wounded, by Yonatan Nir
The orders were being changed all the time and lacked all logic. Confusion was everywhere and there was the feeling that the soldiers were just not ready, while the guys with the suits and ties who were appearing on the air were rattling sabers and the top brass was spouting lofty language and dryly presenting the whole horrible mess as if they were in total control...
With their clumsy and completely uncreative patterns of thinking and with their enthusiastic gung-ho attitude, they were declaring that we had won, that we had captured all our objectives, and that we were in control from the second day of fighting. And when the dust had settled and the truth emerged, did they still expect us to believe them and to carry out their orders without question?