Apparently American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan have taken to making videos of themselves dancing in all sorts of places. Here's an example:
And here's one with an American soldier manning a roadblock and asking a local driver to tell the insurgents to please come and fight within the next hour, before he has his shower
Here's some more, and there's lots more where that came from
So you'll appreciate why I'm not deeply anguished, mortified, or even mildly peeved by this clip of six Israeli troops doing the same in Hebron, which has lots of folks all agog these past few days:
It's not that they're only kids: they aren't. A troop of six IDF infantry soldiers, at least one of whom must be a non-commissioned officer, are not a group of adolescents. They're adults; they and their friends bear the responsibility for our lives on their shoulders; they repeatedly prove they're willing to put their own lives on the line to protect us - and they're far more mature, as a general statement, than most civilian young adults in the rich world. So this isn't an act of childishness.
It's good-natured goofiness. No one was harmed by it, no-one was humiliated, no harm was done at all. Yes, I can see why their CO probably got worked up about it, and I expect they'll pay some minor price for that, but that's all it is. Anyone who insists this is some callous expression of a brutal occupation etc etc needs to have their head examined. Then again, irrational hatred probably doesn't show in most head examinations. Alas.
PS. My son the soldier is home for the week. We watched this together, laughed heartily (it is quite funny), and he told me that the 50th Battalion - that's what it is - is known for being goofy.