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    • 23.08.10 | 14:57 (IDT)

    If Barak is THE expert on national defense, Israel is indeed in trouble. Let us take a look at Barak's most famous recent actions: 1. The 2007 bombing of alleged Syrian nuclear reactor. The IAF carries out a brilliant attack, except that it would have been much better not to destroy the facility but to inform IAEA, then see Syria under UN sanctions, as Iran is today. Syria got off scot free, and a nuclear facility there was never certified officially by IAEA. A major failure of Israeli statesmanship.// 2. Operation Cast lead in Gaza (2008/9). The IDF avoids contact with Hamas to reduce casualties. There are mostly IAF bombings, which is fine except that the operation lasts 22 days instead of 2-3 days. When all you want is to destroy, better stop when all targets are gone. Beyond this you simply accummulate war crimes.// 3. The "flotilla" incident. Passengers' natural reaction was not taken into account. The Turks lost 9 people, and everybody in Israel considers this a failure, as it should be.// What is the sourse of Barak's failure? It is very obvious, Barak does not understand how normal civilized people react to his actions. This lack of understanding of human reaction is the root of Barak's failure as a politician but strangely, it affects seriously his military actions, as well human relations between his military subordinates. The man is a good strategist but with a faulty political head.

    from the article: Acting within authority
    First published 01:58 23.08.10 | Last updated 01:58 23.08.10
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