Friday, November 23, 2012
This is coolbert:
Thanks to the Times of Israel and the tip from Robert we have the story of Israeli openly in criticism of their highest authority and doing so on Facebook:
"Soldiers spell out critique of Netanyahu as a ‘loser’ for not using ground forces in Gaza"
"In Facebook pic that goes viral, 16 men arrange their bodies to show frustration at not going into battle"
"Many commenters on the photo said that the soldiers should be court-martialed; many others empathized with the soldiers’ evident sense of frustration at having been wound up for battle and then wound down"
"The IDF’s Spokesman’s Office said it frowned upon soldiers expressing political opinions while in uniform."
Frustrated and angry soldiers venting their feelings on the Prime Minister of Israel. That highest authority and the most senior commander, the man who gives the "go" order if necessary.
In the U.S. Army this is a serious violation of Article 88 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice [UCMJ]! NO criticism of the President or members of Congress. Courts martial the usual route for punishment, discharge with penalty the result of being found guilty.
Israelis OUT of uniform live in a democracy and can openly criticize their government and leaders. Israelis IN uniform cannot? NOT merely frowned upon but a crime worthy of punishment?