The Silver Platter
Soldiers rarely go to war of their own accord. They are sent by their governments, who employ them as instruments in some national goal. Whether that goal is defined as defense, the protection or pursuit of a vital interest, or the maintenance of the nation’s values or principles, the soldier fights for purposes larger than his own, for others as well as himself. One would therefore expect those who send men to war, endangering their lives and their physical and mental health, to appreciate their sacrifice and to take responsibility for them on their return. One would expect the people, at least of democratic countries, to stand behind their soldiers, and the leaders to spare no effort in the treatment and rehabilitation of those who come back injured. Is this really the case? In this chapter, we will examine attitudes toward casualties of war, focusing particularly on the case of Israel.
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