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    • Otto Rand
    • 24.11.06 | 16:26 (IST)

    The next Defense Minister, that hopefully will be chosen wisely, should not be a military man nor an ex-general. It must be a wise and judicious statesman of good knowledge of the military machine but one who is not a stooge of the military. The Minister of Defense must guide the cabinet in decisions whether to make or not to make war,clearly outline the goals, scope and possible outcomes of the war. Once such a decision is taken the military takes over and sees to it that it fulfills its mandate as best as it can. The problem with Peretz (and Olmert) is that he accepts uncritically the "recommendations" of the army without having the slightest idea where they lead. The army should be busy training its soldiers for all scenarios, but not mingle in the political process unless asked for advice. The top brass has the natural tendency to solve political problems by military confrontation. The politicians must see war as the last resort.

    from the article: Laborites: Peretz will be forced to quit Defense Ministry
    First published 00:00 24.11.06 | Last updated 00:00 24.11.06
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