Friday, April 20, 2012
Mangan's Critique of Israeli standards
Dennis Mangan has a point: Israel is dependent on America's good will, so it is only natural that we are expected to meet American standards of behaviour. And we are not meeting it. That famous video clip of an Israeli officer violently pushing away an unarmed Danish demonstrator proves it.
I discount all our protests that we are the most moral army in the world. I am not sure we are better than others. What I can say with certainty is that we are trying very hard to be up to American moral standards. It is so difficult that even the American Army find it very difficult or impossible to avoid daily scandals of improper behaviour. Just now I read about the circus American media is making around a picture of American soldiers in the front (Afganistan) with dead enemy bodies. Or Secret Service young men meeting working girls. Or the worst media-crime of all, the anonymous Guantanamo guard who is accused of having urinated on a book.
I am not American and live forty years in this Middle East inferno, so it is not surprising that I find American media's standards bizarre to say the least. Grotesque is a better word. And if the American armed forces cannot gain the approval of the American media, how could we? The American army is the best of the world by far and it imposes iron discipline on its members. They are trained to follow clear rules and they do. Anglo-Saxon discipline in war, I think of the old British Navy, is legendary. In comparison, the Israeli army is not even an army but a militia, and my experience confirms that. I would also say that the human quality of the professional American army is higher than our conscripted lumpen-proletariat. That we are losing once and again the media battle against our enemies, which is not a Palestinian child playing the heroic film star throwing stones against a tank, but the international leftist media.
Dennis (Ill.: The Severe Teacher, by Dutch Master Jan Steen) is right that we should expect to be judged according American media's standards. We are trying very very hard, but it seems to me a battle lost before it started. I'm not the first one nor alone discovering that something is wrong with the standards of American (and Israeli) leftist media. They hate us at least as they hate American soldiers and policemen and Secret Service bodyguards, and "White Hispano" volunteer neighborhood watchmen.