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Scrutiny on soldiers

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Submitted by David Koral (United States), Aug 2, 2011 at 10:46

In Israel, since the time of the Gaza withdrawal, and with the question of dismantling settlements in the West Bank, the issue of divided loyalties among the rank and file remains a very lively debate. If it has become a concern in Israel that some IDF soldiers--who nevertheless hold their country in high regard--will object to, or refuse to carry out, orders that would be contrary to their beliefs, as opposed to Pfc. Abdo and Major Nidal, who have openly exhibited their dissident views, then why can't the U.S. military institute methods to monitor those whose views at any moment can drive them to take lethal action against their comrades?

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