Re: Darfur revisited
- From: backon@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Tue, 30 Jan 2007 23:43:20 +0000 (UTC)
In article <1170198554.096878.187940@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, "Eliyahu" <lrooff@xxxxxxxxx> writes:
On Jan 30, 12:21 pm, hru...@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (Herman Rubin) wrote:
In article <1169920809.812672.122...@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>,
Shmaryahu b. Chanoch <Omega....@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
This is a "war" that covers over 124 countries. While Iraq and
Afghanistan are in the news, who has heard about the fact that over
80,000 moderate Muslims have been killed by radical Muslims in
Alegria? And in Darfur, it is christians being attacks. Then there
is Balkans and Chechnya. Thialand has a huge problem. So does the
My suggestion is that we need every Jewish male in the military.
And why not Jewish women? Realistically, we do not need every Jewish
male in the military here. Aside from the fact that the majority of
Jewish men will either be too old or too young to serve, and many
others won't meet the physical requirements, doing so would leave a
lot of businesses in a real bind, along with hospitals and clinics.
Frankly, I'd be back on active duty if they didn't have this foolish
idea that 58 is too old, (I spent last summer getting out to run at
05:30 every morning with my stepson to get him ready for Marine Corps
basic and was still more fit than he when he left) but we both know
that military life isn't the life for everyone.
This is very true. We've let ourselves buy into the idea thatis time for Jews to be a lot tougher, like they used to be. While
Israel is known for its military, maybe it is time for the US to be
known for its Jewish soldiers and Marines....
Not all should be in the military, nor is it clear which
military they should be in. The "pure" scientists who
provided the developments in WWII, often when the applied
people could not, also contributed. And even the younger
able-bodied people may not be best used in the military.
everyone in the military needs to be young and fit, regardless of MOS
and duty station. Truth is, there are many jobs that could be done by
a 70-year-old in a wheel chair. Whether it's a paralegal in the JAG
office, clerk-typist in personnel, a records specialist at a
headquarters unit, or an artist in the training aids division, not
every spot needs to be done by someone who can run a five-minute mile,
do 20 pull-ups and bench press his own weight. In fact, there are
some positions where a disability might be helpful. IIRC, the Navy
had a fighter pilot who'd lost both legs and went on to regain flight
status. With no legs, he was able to pull higher G-forces without
I recall reading once that the IDF allows disabled soldiers to remain
on active duty in non-combatant roles. Can anyone confirm or deny
this? It would make a lot of sense to do so, as it keeps them
Confirm. There's even one Lt. Col. who lost a leg 2 years ago who
went back to command an infantry battalion.
productive and makes them feel valued, as well as eliminating the cost.
of training a replacement who is unfamiliar with the military.