Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Dear General Eisenkot,

dis·com·fort  [dis-kuhm-fert] – noun
1. an absence of comfort or ease; uneasiness, hardship, or mild pain.
2. anything that is disturbing to or interferes with comfort.

Dear General Eisenkot,

As a resident of Israel, and having a strong command of the English language, I would like to help you with the use of the word 'discomfort'. Discomfort is when you are slightly irritated, or in very mild pain. Discomfort is being a little chilly, or slightly too warm. Discomfort is having an itch on the middle of your back, and not being able to reach it. However, discomfort is not watching high explosives rain down on your home. Discomfort is not having a metal cylinder penetrate your cement living room roof and explode next to your sofa. Discomfort is not huddling beside a cement wall trying to cover your child while praying for his life. Discomfort is not having to teach your toddler 'boom-boom' songs to defray the psychological trauma of those falling rockets.

That is called pain. Pain is what Israel went through in the past. Pain is what we would feel should it happen again. Don't belittle our suffering. Don't belittle our pain. Tell us the situation straight up, and don't mince words. Exalt our bravery and our sacrifice. Praise us for steadfastly manning the front lines of our wars. And lastly, damn those bastards who are aiming for our children, and send them all to hell.

Thank you,

Excerpt from General Eisenkot's speech delivered December 12, 2010:
The [missile defense] systems are designed to protect military bases, even if this means that citizens suffer discomfort during the days of battle.


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