Mint Press has the article “I Was The Terrorist”: Israeli Army Vet Gives Explosive Tell-All Interview to Abby Martin.
In a rare, candid conversation, Abby Martin interviews a former Israeli Army combat soldier who served as an occupier in Palestine’s Hebron City.
Eran Efrati spent years as a sergeant and combat soldier in the Israeli military, but has since become an outspoken critic of the occupation of Palestine and Israeli apartheid.
Efrati gives explosive testimony on the reality of his service and explains how war crimes are institutionalized, as well as how systematic the oppression against Palestinians really is in a war of conquest that will no-doubt be accelerated under the Trump Administration.
As one who entered the USA military in 1967, I can attest to the training that your enemy is both sub-human and super-human. This is what basic training tried to teach us about the North Vietnamese soldiers and people. This is what makes Eran Efrati’s testimony so believable to me.
Let me explain my first sentence. In Army training, we were constantly taught that the North Vietnamese soldiers had super-human capacity to kill us. We had to be very afraid of what their soldiers could do to us. On the other hand, they were sub-human in that they deserved no normal humanitarian concern from us.
There was a scene in the movie “Apocalypse Now” that demonstrated this for me too clearly. It involved a young Vietnamese girl on her boat. Her puppy had crawled into a covered basket. Suddenly, she was confronted by a USA soldier who was searching her boat for possible weapons. As he approached the girl and the basket, I knew exactly what was going to happen. I knew the soldier was extremely apprehensive of the situation because of the training (and experience) that any Vietnamese person could be a threat. When he opened the basket, I knew that the puppy would surprise him. I knew what his reaction would have to be because of his training. I also knew what the young girl’s reaction would have to be toward her pet. The outcome was absolutely inevitable. I doubt that other people in the audience that did not have military training could view this scene quite the way I did.