Skip to comments.An accounting is called for
Posted on 08/15/2006 6:13:38 PM PDT by garbageseeker
Finally, after what seems to be the end of this war or at least the end of the latest round, the country's leaders seemed to acknowledge that some kind of accounting is called for. Defense Minister announced on Monday morning that he intended to "appoint a team that will conduct an intensive, comprehensive investigation of all the events leading up to the war and during the war." But he failed to say who will lead the team or even what its precise mandate would be.
In his Knesset speech, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert also admitted that "there were mistakes made," and promised that "we will examine everything that needs examination." But he added the caveat that "we won't sink into blame and guilt. We don't have that luxury. We must assure that next time - and there may be a next time - things will be done better."
Obviously, there are limits to self-examination.
The demands by opposition politicians for a full-blown commission of inquiry, headed - as the law mandates - by a Supreme Court justice were a Pavlovian reaction. Olmert will obviously take no heed and make do with whatever ad hoc committees are set up by various government departments.
The kind of commission set up after national traumas such as the Yom Kippur War and Yitzhak Rabin's assassination are loose cannons. Their members are of such a caliber that political or personal considerations rarely affect their conclusions and recommendations, and no senior minister or general wants that kind of scrutiny. Only a truly national disaster can create the kind of public pressure needed for the formation of such a commission and, as things stand now, the public is deeply disappointed but not in that kind of self-destructive mood.
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New election now.
(No more Olmert! No more Kadima! No more Oslo!)
Israel does not need a commission to do what needs to be done.
Remove Olmert and his gang before more damage is done.
Olmert did NOT handle any of this well. OTPH, BIBI would have known what to do and done it.
I agree with you.
Liberals do that. They put the country at risk, then blame the other party for their own failures at a later date?
Sound familiar? Just like the 9/11 commission.
I read recently that Olmert had no military experience.
How is that possible? I thought all Israelis were required to serve in the military. Anyone?
He had some miltary experience as a journalist.
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