posted on Sep, 1 2010 @ 07:25 PM
Five pages, and no one wants to tackle the "Druze" thing?
What's a Druze?
In this case, when we find out, we may learn a whole lot about what happened, and why.
The Druze sect is yet another off-shoot of Islam...
What!!?? They're fighting FOR the Israelis, against fellow Muslims??
YES. Sort of. This is a bit long, but if you get to the end, there should be some new light on this.
(I'm going to couch what I say here with the admission that I am not any part of any of the involved groups myself, so perhaps an Israeli will
come along, and point out my errors. or even a Druze. That's OK, but here's my take, based on what I have learned about some of these odd
Islamic-related groups, though my study of a different related group.)
The Druze are basically Muslim "outcasts", who are hated by "real" Muslims, and as usual, hate is mostly mutual.
Why they are outcasts has something to do with their heterodox beliefs of course, but perhaps the better reason has to do with their history in the
Interestingly, they have been considered in much the same way that JEWS were considered, as a minority amongst the Christian majority.
The Druze are more successful than the average Muslim. Historically, they have enjoyed political power, all out of proportion to their numbers.
Muslims (and even the local Maronite Christians) do not trust them. They prefer to keep to themselves.
Don't they sound a bit familiar?
Anyway, one of their other strengths as a people is their reputation for being an able military force, if needed. They were the only Middle Eastern
people that pushed out the French, by themselves (no help from the Brits).
As the birth of a nation approached, the future Israel was finding an ally in these outsiders (mostly found in Syria and Lebanon).
Why such an unlikely alliance occurred probably had more to do with the Druze desire to strategically position themselves, against a potentially
lethal Syria, than any real affinity to Jews.
Of course the Druze fit right in to the IDF. Their history, traditions, made them a good military career fit.
But it was the odd match, for sure. As time went on, the increasingly powerful state of Israel was feeling it's oats. The Druze were predictably
getting a bit less than "equal" treatment from their fellow (Jewish) Israelis. Not to get in to it, but by the early 1980's, the situation in Gaza
began to see the Druze pulling back, feeling resentful.
If you actually read this story, you will see some of what I'm saying. Notice how the Captain was feeling "less-than", not only due to Jewish
officers above him, but even due to the Jews who were "under" him in rank, who had created the climate that this Druze IDF officer found himself
From what I understand, the Druze are in fact looked down upon by Israelis in general today, although perhaps it was not always so. Nevertheless,
they are being marginalized today, and there are bound to be hard feelings.
One Jewish friend who has spent time in Israel seemed to have the impression that the Druze were a bit "sniveling", too much hoping to impress the
majority Jews all around them, perhaps always trying "too hard" to show that they too are loyal/patriotic, etc. Yes, they may be laughed at behind
their backs, but maybe this weird "complex" many seem to have, has something to do with what happened.
Was this Druze trying to "impress" his superiors, or even more pathetically, even the Jews reporting to him?
Is it possible that this girl was not just the victim of someone without a conscience, but almost something even worse?
This guy is in the middle of a horrible, sick cultural dynamic. He is the "minority", he is stuck in a violent career (one of only a few open to
the Druze by the way, in Israel) that almost insists that he prove himself.
I have to wonder if this is actually a more "common" situation, likely well-known by these groups themselves, that Druze are more likely to "get
crazy", in their pathetic attempts to one day "prove" themselves to the master.
Here's my thoughts on the Captain's "tears" when he heard the verdict: Yes, they were tears of relief, but not just relief that he was not
convicted, but tears of joy that he had not been betrayed by Israel, when he had been EXPECTING to get thrown in front of the bus the whole
It was as if he had spent a lifetime licking his master's boots, he danced when Master said "Dance!", and finally, when something bad happened,
Master was going to laugh, and send him to the pillar for a severe thrashing. After all his loyalty. After humiliating himself a hundred times.
This is some real sick psychology, and I admit, it is my own speculation, based on the few cultural nuances I'm aware of for this group, but I think
it could just explain a whole lot.
And after all this "context", still a young girl is dead, and "justice" sure seems like just more politics.
Last thing. Perhaps this verdict was finally a bone thrown to the Druze. If he had been convicted, the IDF would have a problem with the MANY Druze
who have chosen the IDF as a career. Maybe it was time for the Druze to feel like the nation they fight for, actually has their back for a change.
Yet another innocent victim, another offering upon the vile Altar of Politics and expediency.