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Thread #129840   Message #2963644
Posted By: Emma B
12-Aug-10 - 11:31 AM
Thread Name: BS: New Israeli atrocity: attack on Gaza aid
Subject: RE: BS: New Israeli atrocity: attack on Gaza aid
From the ongoing Israeli internal inquiry into the legality of the action of the IDF in international waters -

'The head of Israel's military has defended its troops' use of live ammunition during a deadly raid on an aid flotilla sailing to Gaza in May.
But Lt Gen Gabi Ashkenazi told an Israeli inquiry they underestimated the threat and should have used more force to subdue activists before boarding.

The general said 'accurate weapons' rather than stun grenades, should have been employed to 'incapacitate' people on the deck of the ship before the commandos rappelled onto it.

"We should have ensured sterile conditions in order to dispatch the forces in a minimum amount of time," he said.'

BBC news August 11

Does anyone else find military euphemisms like this and 'Collateral Damage' more than a little disturbing?

The general added that the use of these 'accurate weapons' to ensure the 'sterile conditions' on board would have
"lowered the risk to our soldiers but it would not have prevented the tension... Once the decision was made to stop the ship, the conflict was inevitable."

The general's testimony follows that of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defence Minister Ehud Barak.
In their testimonies, the prime minister tried to shift some of the responsibility toward Barak, while the defence minister indicated the military did not execute the plan properly.