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April 07, 2003

Israeli Soldiers see parallels to their battles in Iraq

Many Israeli soldiers who have been closely following the war in Iraq have noticed disturbing similarities between the enemy they've been facing over the past two and a half years and the Iraqi resistance faced by American and British troops in Iraq. Avi, a young lieutenant in the army said, "The Iraqis have been using mosques and medical facilities to hid weapons and use as a base for snipers. Terrorists pressure young men and women to sacrifice themselves to strike blows against the coalition forces. Like the irregular force that we've been facing the Americans have been learning what it's like to face an enemy that refuses to play by the rules of war.

"Like us the Americans have shown remarkable restraint and compassion when facing such a merciless foe. I've seen pictures of American soldiers giving water to thirsty prisoners. Just like our troops did. I've seen American soldiers die because they choose not to use force that might cause additional civilian deaths.

"It is heartening to know that other armies behave themselves is such enlightened ways."

Nice story. Did you read it in the Washington Post? No of course not.

Cross-Posted at David's Israel Blog and IsraPundit.