reply to post by GogoVicMorrow
All I am saying is, that the image has a value above and beyond the conclusions that we might automatically jump to. For instance, if the image was
posted on the soldiers facebook with a caption which reads along the lines of "the one that got away" or some awful thing, then we could say for
sure what that individual soldiers intent was.
The political climate in the region, and the history of the IDF in their dealings with and actions toward the people of Palestine are of course well
documented, but in order to judge this image, and the reason for its existence, and the motivations of the individual member of the IDF who took it,
we would have to know about that individual, and we do not. All we know is that the individual was or is in the IDF, and has been pictured in his
soldiers garb. We can only assume his intent, and frankly, we have not enough information about the individual responsible for the image, to judge his
reasons for taking that picture and posting it.
As you are no doubt aware, the IDF is made up of people who will not become career soldiers in the main, people who have futures beyond the sight of
a rifle. For all that we know, from the available information, the person that took this shot could have been studying for a journalism career, or a
photography or visual arts qualification. We know next to nothing about the solider in question, so his motivations are as enigmatic and unknowable at
this stage, as the child in the sights.
I am no fan of the way that the IDF has comported itself in its history of contact with the Palestinian people. They have as an ORGANISATION, done
nothing to improve thier image, constantly giving the world new reasons to be unfavourable to them. But just as it is not the case that every US
serviceman has mercilessly beaten innocent Iraqis and Afghans for kicks, just as it is not the case that every UK serviceman has tortured and
humiliated prisoners in those theatres, I do not believe that every member of the IDF is a soul dead, murderous savage. I know thier commanders are,
that is plain from the things we have witnessed in that region over the years, but I cannot condemn the soldier who took this shot,or the image
itself, as part of that savagery without far more evidence than we currently have.
I do understand fully however, how one might be lead to assume certain things, given the external factors to this issue.