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Sunday, May 20, 2012

An officer who takes responsibility

Shavua tov, a good week to everyone from Boston.

I'd like to introduce you to Colonel Nimrod Aloni, the retiring commander of the Samaria Brigade. You can compare him with the politician of your choice.
Outgoing Samaria Brigade Commander Colonel Nimrod Aloni said Thursday that he considers the massacre in Itamar as his own fault. "I failed in Itamar, and my failure led to the brutal murder of the Fogel family," he said.

Speaking at ceremony to welcome incoming commander Col. Yoav Yarom, Aloni said: "There are no words to describe the sadness and frustration I felt following the attack."


In response to the statements, Chaim Fogel, Udi Fogel's father, said the family has no claims against Aloni. "He's an excellent commander with a bright future," Fogel said. "A commander who takes responsibility is welcome as far as we're concerned. Sadly, the massacre happened on his watch, but not only do we have nothing against him, on the contrary, we support and respect him."
How many politicians take responsibility for their own actions as Colonel Aloni did? How many officers, leaders or even bosses at work take responsibility for their own actions? (And it's still not clear to me that there was anything Colonel Aloni could have done to prevent the Fogel family massacre, but he's taking responsibility because it happened on his watch).

I hope this officer has a bright future inside the IDF and beyond.

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