100 Dead Soldiers, Every Day

The morning after, and I heard/read at least three times the sentence: “where is the IDF we knew in the Six Day War”? In other words, after nine dead soldiers yesterday in Lebanon, Israelis are wondering why the IDF is not as swift in bringing victory as it was during the 1967 war.

One fact is somehow forgotten in all this flurry of forlorn reminiscence. During six days of fighting in June 1967, almost 800 soldiers died. On average, that’s more than 100 soldiers every day. Are Israelis willing to sacrifice the same number of lives to bring the war in Lebanon to a swifter end (assuming for a moment such an end is indeed attainable)?

Short memory…

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