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    • citizen Kate
    • 28.11.12 | 17:12 (IST)

    is that it proves that the Minister of Defense doesn't have to be - and probably shouldn't be - from the military. Protecting a country does not always include offensive tactics, which is the military's field of expertise. Sometimes protecting a country means preventing a war. Decisions made to protect a country should only be made at the civilian-political-diplomatic level. Heaven forbid that the military should decide our civilian and diplomatic policies. Our hero-worship of soldiers in general and generals in particular is bringing us dangerously close to that in Israel. The civilian Amir Peretz knew something about protecting the country, not just lashing out aggresively, ueslessly, and in the final analysis - dangerously, leaving the country weaker and more vulnerable than before.

    from the article: Iron Dome did not protect Sderot
    First published 03:43 28.11.12 | Last updated 03:43 28.11.12
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