Of everything I saw today, The secret IDF military installation brought it all home. Down in a valley where detection is difficult (if not impossible), our vehicle traveled down a dirt gravel road. And suddenly down under a slope in the terrain were tents, jeeps, choppers and a flurry of activity as a team of special IDF forces was preparing an operation to rescue soldiers that were down (we subsequently learned two of the men died.)
I was not allowed to film the camp (understandably) but the Commander taking us around explained everything in painstaking detail while the whir of activity around continued uninterrupted. Soldiers moving about quickly, so happy to see us. So happy that America stands with them in the fight against the jihad.
The Commander explained he had been given a mission to install a temporary military base here which he and his team assembled in 24 hours. Astonishing. And the Commander explained it all so matter of factly. When I asked if this war was different from the other wars, he stated yes, emphatically, without hesitation. He went on to detail the difficulties in taking out a well armed, Iranian trained militia that hides in homes, that mingles and operates withing the fabric of the civilian population and whose weaponry moves from residence to residence.
I asked him how they could take out terrorists if they warn the people they are targeting their towns or the homes with missiles. He said the IDF could track the movement of the armaments. It seems an impossible war to wage (at least to me) not even taking into account the jihad media and a anti-civilization international "community."
The Commander was a young, elegant man. Well spoken, well educated, wistful when he spoke of his beloved wife and three children. Dear G-d, these people are diving for dear life, when they should be diving for pearls.
These are not extraordinary individuals I tell you. He spoke mostly to their obsession with the IDF's sparing of civilians. This is their biggest concern. He said they could take out South Lebanon in a heartbeat, but this was not an option. Civilian life was the priority.
Handing out fresh tee shirts, underwear and socks made possible by the FIDF (give $$$ if you can, please), let me tell you -- they were so grateful.
VOGUE NEVER HAD SUCH A HOT COVER!
No pictures of the Commander were allowed.
Next stop was the Patriot Missile Base in Haifa, again no photos. Again, extraordinary people. Another young, fabulous Captain explaining that they will not use Patriot missiles to shoot down Katushyas. Why use a million dollar missile to shoot down a thousand dollar Katushya rocket (which Hezb'Allah has thousands)? The Patriots are for the Iranian missiles.
The Patriot base in Haifa is Israel's first line of defense in the missile attacks on Israel. They see it first. This installation is the frontline of defense for the whole if Israel. They cue the sirens, the bomb shelter warnings, these guys are so on all the time. When I asked what the signs hanging off the massive structures said (red hebrew lettering), one of the soldiers said "ARMED."
They know why they are fighting and what they are fighting for.
What I saw today
will forever stay with me. It was life affirming. Oh yeah I almost forgot. At each of these military installations I visited, these young courageous people with the weight of the world on their shoulders had prepared a small table of fresh fruit and sweetcakes with cold water and lemonade for us. Unbelievable.