Saturday, July 29, 2006

The Golani Brigade

In 1976, the Golani Brigade sent its best to Entebbe were they would launch a daring raid on terrorist hijackers to recover hostages. In the end 3 hostages were dead, 45 terrorists and sympthisers and only 1 Israeli soldier. Total ratio in limited hostage recovery exercise? 1:45. Operation Thunderbolt would give many would-be terrorists and their sponsors pause. Chaim Herzog had this to say to the UN...

'We come with a simple message to the Council: we are proud of what we have done because we have demonstrated to the world that a small country, in Israel's circumstances, with which the members of this Council are by now all too familiar, the dignity of man, human life and human freedom constitute the highest values. We are proud not only because we have saved the lives of over a hundred innocent people — men, women and children — but because of the significance of our act for the cause of human freedom.'

The people who stood to condemn Israel on that day were Uganda under Idi Amin. That the UN considers any accusation of Idi Amin worth replying to shows us what a crock of shit this talk shop is. The amount of moral confusion it takes to reach such a position is astounding.

Now the Golani Brigade stands on the border to roll into Lebanon. My hope is that they do not hold back. The rabid Muslims in Lebanon support dogs like Hezbollah as a valid political party. Yes they wear the faces of humans, have the same general anatomy and perhaps ellicit the same sympathy as your neighbours would. Yet my personal appeal to the soldiers of the Golani Brigade is not to waver and not to give quarter. You act is not just to keep your own families safe but also in the interest of the safety of the rest of humanity against these rabid Muslims.

The words of their commander, Uri Lavie before crossing the border is so telling (thanks Blackfive)

This is our time to rise to the challenge, put on the helmets and the bullet proof vests and make sure that the northern border is secure.

We shall fulfill any mission in a most effective manner, in face of any challenge.

If we shall not fulfill our mission we shall forfeit the right to exist.

We shall not lose this war, which we did not start.

Our duty is to serve as a defense force of the Jewish People, and to secure the peace of mind of the civilians in northern Israel.

If we shall not do it, no one will do it in our place.

For two thousand years we waited for the establishment of the Jewish State, and we are not going to roll back because a bunch of terrorists assume that they can scare us.

He who cannot defend Liberty does not deserve Liberty.

If we will not be able to fight until our last drop of blood, in order to secure the Liberty of our People on its own soil, our People will not enjoy Liberty.

There is time to talk and there is time to act. At this time, when missiles and Katyushas afflict the North all the way to Haifa, in addition to the two kidnapped soldiers, the ten soldiers killed and the dozens injured, it is time to fight and not to talk. We are the force, which has been chosen to fight, and we shall perform in the most effective manner.

I will be the first one to enter the battle and the last one to come out, and will do everything in my power to get you out alive and well. On Friday, with God's help, we will rejoin with our families. However, I cannot do it alone. Once we cross the northern border, you should exercise full alert and full responsibility toward your fellow soldier.

'I will be the first one to enter the battle and the last one to come out.' In the operation on Entebbe, the only Israeli casualty was the battle leader, Colonel Yoni Netanyahu. He took a burst of AK fire to the chest and died of blood loss. His soldiers were commanded to recover the hostages first and take care of casualties second.

The brother of Yoni? Binyamin Netanyahu. The same man who resigned from the Israeli cabinet after they voted to unilaterally give up land to terrorists from which they could attack civilians.

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