The Winograd Commission into the war with Hezbollah in the summer of 2006 was made of civilians and dogged by political pressure especially as it endangered the reputation of the Prime Minister. Yehezkel Dror reminded readers a few days ago both of Winograd's findings and how these were both germane to the flotilla fiasco and ignored by political and military echelons alike. Various of our Knesset committees exist to provide oversight on government activity but are reportedly powerless. What then does this say about the state of our democracy? Very little. And worst of all, we as a nation seem curiously complacent. Previous national calamities produced demonstrations large enough for the government of the day to take notice. One that stands out is that following Sabra and Shatilla which forced the government to appoint a Commission and which ultimately caused Ariel Sharon to "reach his own conclusions" and resign. There may be arguments about the powers of Commissions and what penalties they can promote - in Sharon's case in retrospect it may have been more telling if the Commission had recommended he never hold. The issue is still accountability and we as the people are not demanding it. We are a nation lead by men who do not want to be challenged, especially by those who elected them. As in the past, these men distort reality to fuel paranoia off which they feed. The idea that the IDF would investigate itself is anathema. The military is the servant of democracy and not one of its masters. The white-wash the IDF produced on Cast Lead is proof if any were needed that an investigation with teeth is essential and not more dire warnings from weak men in government which they produce as smoke and mirrors to deny any truth to shine in. We are owed explanations by all these individuals. It is We who they serve. Until we recognise how we are being manipulated, until we understand what are the responsibilities and obligations that come with that well worn word 'democracy', we really ought to cease using it. We are not one today.
Russian airstrikes hit Syrian provinces of Hama and Idlib (Reuters)
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