Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Now judge the pictures.

The 'abusive' pictures of suspected terrorists waiting to go for interrogation and a not so intelligent soldier girl sitting next to them went the media rounds this week.

A number of Western TV outlets, adopted the usual knee-jerk condemnation of Israel, trying to compare our soldiers to theirs, if not actually making them out be worse.

It is a huge leap to go from this to the torture of prisoners in Abu Ghraib by American and British soldiers.

Of course, the standard line is to make out Israeli soldiers to be the most brutal military on the face of the earth, far worse than the courageous young men bravely fighting for our lives in far off Iraq and Afghanistan.

For the record, the girl did not lay a finger on any of the detainees. She didn't even speak to them.

All she did, for her sins, was have a bunch of pictures taken so that she could show her friends on facebook that she had served, face to face, with suspected terrorists. She was, after all, smiling to put a brave face on what was undoubtedly an unpleasant experience.

In this perspective, the picture looks different. It shows an Israeli soldier girl who is serving our country in a harsh environment, pictured with dangerous men who are suspected of infiltrating into Israel to carry out  terror attacks against our civilians, or belonging to a terror organisation.

Now judge the pictures.

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