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Monday, January 03, 2005 Policy Mutiny
The Israeli army is facing an interesting dilemma. This is the first time I can think of a modern army of a democracy rebelling in large enough numbers regarding a government policy.
In some respects, I find the prospect reassuring.
Orthodox officers lead military revolt against Israeli withdrawal
TEL AVIV — The planned Israeli withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and northern West Bank in 2005 will have to overcome mass disobedience from within the military, including the General Staff.
Soldier fires shots in outpost scuffle
The incident began at approximately 4 p.m. when a teenage girl was spotted trying to puncture the tires of an IDF jeep. A soldier inside the car saw her and jumped out to stop her. The girl, an activist of the radical Kahana Chai movement, ran towards a group of settlers and hid behind them.
I have no dog in this fight, but I find it a marvel that citizen soldiers in enough numbers can affect policy in this way. Imagine if a third of the police force in New York City, for example (about 16,000 people, I believe) suddenly decided not to enforce some particular law.
I believe that it is better for a democratic nation to suffer the will of a great many people from time to time who will not go along with bureaucrats and politicians. After awhile, any government and its minions assume a kind of passivity in the population which encourages them to act as they please rather than as to how the people want it.
posted by Mark Butterworth | 3:41 PM |