I was imagining a father’s concern about his young daughter’s responsibilities and a conversation like this which had to take place in some way in the last year.
I read this in the voice of my youngest daughter, roughly her age;
“Dad, I lead a UAV unit. It isn’t like I’m infantry or something…”
Lt. Eden Nimri, 22, a swimmer who competed internationally for Israel and a commander in the Artillery Corps’ drone unit, was killed on October 7 while fighting Hamas terrorists in Kibbutz Nahal Oz.
Nimri served as a commander of an all-female team in the elite “Sky Riders” unit. The four members of her team were saved, possibly by Nimri.
Her boyfriend, who can’t be named due to his army service, told Kan public radio that Eden was “the most beautiful, the smartest, the bravest.”
“She coolly led a battle on Saturday morning together with her fighters and ultimately sacrificed herself so they would stay alive,” he added
Previous generations, some well intentioned some not, had ideas, theories, and no small bit of blind hope that they could find an easy solution to a problem rooting deep in the human brain stem that produces horrors on a regular basis as it has for all of human history, and will produce more in the future.
Their failure led to this fall’s primeval rape of slaughter bringing tragedy to the Nimri family, Israel, and even the Gazans caught in the crossfire who will have to bear the consequences of their leaders’ ideas, theories, and no small bit of blind slaughter.
If you are curious about what her unit did, here is an unrelated all male unit of the same kind with their UAV.
And the kibbutz she died defending, Nahal Oz? Only 700 meters from the Gaza fence. This is what the small nation of Israel has to ask of her young women to do.
Almost no warning.
Fullbore Lieutenant Nimri.