Wednesday, July 18, 2007


The Daily Telegraph reports that one out of four Israeli draft-age males dodges conscription. Of the conscription class of 2006, only 75 percent of eligible males responded to the call to the colors.
Although Israel is an ally and a friendly state, Americans have no oar directly in the water on that problem. Still, this is disheartening to see, particularly for a country in as threatened a position as Israel is. That is not the spirit that made that country powerful.


louielouie said...

EJM I is correct, considering the proximity to danger of israel.
but consider the following from "strategy page" on a totally unrelated matter:
Many Arabs note that over half of Israel's population is "Arab" (either Israeli Arab or Israelis of Middle Eastern origin),

maybe, just maybe, some of these arabs don't want to protect the state of israel. maybe.
also, the joooos have typically been socialist, and some self-loathing have become very prominent in the knesset.
i wonder......... to what political persuasion does ehud olmert's wife belong?

louielouie said...

i have not made an off-topic comment at KoC in, oh, about two days at least.
so i would like to take this opportunity to see how many veins i can make pop-out in EJM I neck, maybe cause him to have a stroke, or die laughing.
maybe all at once.

i found this on another blog:

Nelson Mandela and five other senior statesmen will today form themselves into a team of international troubleshooters called "The Elders".

The initiative, funded by Sir Richard Branson, will be launched in Johannesburg during celebrations marking Mr Mandela's 89th birthday.

The former South African president, who spent 27 years behind bars during the apartheid era, is a figure with unparalleled moral authority.

The idea is that he will team up with Jimmy Carter, the former US president, Kofi Annan, the former United Nations secretary-general, Mary Robinson, the former Irish president, Desmond Tutu, the Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town and Mohammed Yunus, the Nobel Laureate and founder of the Green Bank in Bangladesh.

i can't make this kind of stuff up. i actually found this reported.

ps: any reference to EJM I well being and/or physical state were merely figurative in nature. i value my own well being and/or personal safety.

hank_F_M said...

I assumed the number was like that. No surprise.

I’ve read that a lot of the draft dodgers are dual citizenship, and actually plan to make the percent residence elsewhere. Not really Isreali’s except they have a passport.

I was in on Active Duty and in the National Guard on the tail end of the Draft. A soldier who does not want to be there and has the natural smarts to never commit a violation while not cooperating at all, and setting a bad example is not a positive asset to the unit. They are probably better off without them but then there is a fairness issue.