Fast-roping 101


By Miriam Shaviv
June 7, 2010
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Via Abu Muqawama, a blog on insurgencies and counter-insurgencies hosted by the Center for a New American security. Take a look also at this post, particularly the bits about Israel's loss of deterrence and its army's loss of standing amongst other military personnel.

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Blacklisted Dictator

Mon, 06/07/2010 - 12:44

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Miriam,
I refer to the attached from "The Atlantic", as well as to your other article in which you described the naval operation as "botched" and ask you, once again, .."What should Israel have done?" Let us assume that you were General Miriam Shaviv and not just a journalist at The JC.

The Atlantic
"Today it's clear to me that my 6-year-old son could do much better than our current government. Even a child would have seen the imbalance in the risk-threat assessment in overpowering the flotilla ships. Any smart kid would understand that you don't sacrifice what is important for what is not. But the cabinet did not understand. Under the leadership of Netanyahu, Barak and (Minister for Strategic Affairs Moshe) Ya'alon it came to a patently unreasonable decision. It was a decision of complete fools."

"About that shame and embarrassment: I just met with the son of a friend who serves in an elite Israeli army unit, one very much similiar to Flotilla 13, the Naval commando unit deployed so disastrously against the anti-Israel flotilla, and he explained the shame this way: "These soldiers are the best we have. We are Israel's deterrent. People in the Middle East need to think we are the best, and we are the best, except that when we're sent into situations without any intelligence, without any direction, with paintball guns instead of sufficient weapons, with no understanding of who we're fighting. Then we're going to have a disaster. These commandos were beaten with pipes! They came onto the deck (of the ship) one by one down a rope and they were beaten by a mob! Commandos! It's amazing that they didn't kill everyone on the ship, once they regrouped. Just amazing. The whole story is amazing."

Yes it is. And it is a story with deep consequences."


Blacklisted Dictator

Mon, 06/07/2010 - 12:51

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General Shaviv,

There is no point criticizing if you are unable to suggest a better alternative. Let us debate your strategy.


Joshua18

Mon, 06/07/2010 - 21:49

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"Let us assume that you were General Miriam Shaviv and not just a journalist at The JC."

Why do you care? You might as well stop a man in the street and ask him about astrophysics. Journalists have this ridiculous conceit that just because they can write that necessarily means they can talk about every subject under the sun with great authority. Naturally, such a notion is utter garbage.


Joshua18

Mon, 06/07/2010 - 21:54

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Oh, and I saw that cartoon days ago. The JC is so incredibly slow with the news. With the internet we are used to snappy, and the JC is such a cart horse of a paper. Too busy writing fluff pieces about Lulu and chopped fish, I suppose.


Blacklisted Dictator

Mon, 06/07/2010 - 22:27

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As far as I am aware, nobody has outlned an alternative naval strategy.


Joshua18

Tue, 06/08/2010 - 10:23

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OK, here you are:

http://tinyurl.com/2v5y9xk


Blacklisted Dictator

Tue, 06/08/2010 - 21:26

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Johua,
There's a rumour circulating the JC newsroom that Lulu once ate chopped liver.
Jenni Frazer might blog it.


Blacklisted Dictator

Tue, 06/08/2010 - 21:29

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Joshua,

Apparently, Lulu also ate a smoked salmon beigel when she went to New York. And it was kosher!

Miriam Shaviv might blog it.


Blacklisted Dictator

Tue, 06/08/2010 - 22:18

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But what is it with Jews when a second-rate gentile celebrity, says something affirming our cultural traditions?

Are we so lackling in self-confidence, that we have to broadcast..

"Can you believe it? Lulu actually likes smoked salmon? She even prefers it to haggis! Lulu has given us, her Scottish seal of approval. Isn't that great. My goodness, we can be carry on eating as proud Jews. We don't have to feel that we have just left the shtetl etc."

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