Benny Kaniak is a man who had many responsibilities. He was responsible to protect those who his job required he keep incapable of protecting themselves. He was responsible for keeping them helpless and imprisoned. He was responsible for protecting those who had to obey his orders. It is certain that neither Benny Kaniak or any of those doing their duty that morning had any clue what the term 'fire storm' meant. Fires had never been that big in Israel before. They had no experience to inform them of how winds fuel could combine in a whirlwind of combustion so hot that it's radiance could ignite and it's self-generated winds could lead to flash-over capable of trapping within instants, not minutes or hours. Mr. Benny Kaniak did his job as best he could. He saved those utterly dependent upon him. He is paying a mighty price in a dignified way for what went wrong. Mistakes were made, but they were made upon the basis of experience and ability. Perhaps persons familiar with the kind of fire storm common in the USA would have not made the same mistakes. Mr. Benny Kaniak is a man paying for his mistakes, funeral by funeral, and probably late at night every night. My compassion for Mr. Kaniak, I hope, will be matched by his compassion and forgiveness for himself.
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