All organizations go through periods of decline and rebuilding. Given the capture of Corporal Shalit a few weeks ago, I find it very disturbing that a similar operation was mounted with greater success in the north. That the IDF was aware of the blind spot the attackers used and had done nothing about it is even more disturbing. Though nothing is certain in war, and mistakes happen; but there seems to be a serious problem, top to bottom, in the IDF. Years of occupation duty often lead to decline in armed forces (witness the incompetence of Task Force Smith in the early days of the Korean War), is this syndrome at work in the IDF? How can two separate units be caught unawares within a few weeks? The raids were obviously well planned and executed. But they were launched against an army famous for it's competence, which in both cases failed to live up to it's reputation.
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EU envoy slams Syria for gaps in chemical weapons declaration (AP)
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