Note: All pictures here were taken by soldiers in the Golani division of the IDF during their term of service circa 2006. All photo credit belongs to the photographers.
The Jerusalem Post is reporting that the IDF has opened its own Youtube channel, and frankly I must congratulate them.
For while the political aspects of this campaign can be debated ad nauseum - and trust me there is much to discuss, the use of Social Media is good step on the side of Israel.
[My Political aside: Israel, if you're listening, trust me on this one: Stick to one strategy and don't budge an inch. The world currently has the attention span of a hipper-active Chihuahua on speed . . . the masses sadly often lack the ability to discern any depth in a conflict. To them, it's always absolute good (America, Israel, Militants, Hamas, France, Communists or Nature) against absolute evil (America, Israel, Militants, Hamas, France, Communists or Nature - which side is good or not depending upon which hole one puts in the punch card vote and the cause of choice that the celebrity of one's choice has taken up) - and sadly the media spin doesn't do you any favors - if you want to defend yourself, dear Israel, which is something that I support and encourage you to do, you must do so constantly . . . not only between elections and inaugurations. This wishy-washy set of tactics will do you no good. But I digress.]
As we all saw by the terrorist attacks in Mumbai, the mainstream media is a corse and grotesque behemoth that struggles under it's own weight - only barely able avoid collapsing in on itself and forming some sort of black-hole of news . . . The news should not, and in truth does not, beat to to the same pulse as the AP, Reuters and CNN - who feed off of ratings, political agendas and bias. Facts - clear concise and accessible are what we need.
If such was true in India, then how much more so is it true now, when it comes to the much maligned Israel.
For while CNN has been whining about the ramming of the SS Dignity and the "thwarting" of its mission of mercy (May I ask you, former Rep. McKinney and all you other dear members of the Dignity - Where was your mercy for my brothers when over 3,000 missiles rained down on their heads this year alone?),
I've been able to keep track of the events as they occur via the revolution that is Social Media:
On Twitter my circle of friends has put me in touch with
@QassamCount, who tracks the number of Qassam rockets to fly at innocent civilians in Israel (9 in the 30 minutes it's taken me to do some preparation for this post and to write it up to this point)
The Muqata blog has been running a 'sticky' post with the latest news briefs,
and the Yom B'chaim blog has been giving eyewitness accounts (in Hebrew) of the daily terror as experienced from Ashkelon.
Those who buy into the propaganda that has become so common today, and even more so, those who produce it, will be slow in accepting what is going on . . .
But at least I can finally say "The truth is out there" . . . one need only look a little to find it.
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