Under Concrete Desks, by Sarah Honig (Jerusalem Post)
“Those who so easily and unflinchingly wiped off the map over 20 thriving communities in Gush Katif could certainly dispense with a far-from-thriving hick town…”
One of the more inane manifestations of cold-war mania in America was to send youngsters for cover beneath classroom desks in the event of a Soviet atomic onslaught.
Israeli strategists, having done their homework and concluded that wooden school furniture is ineffective, came up with an ingenious improvement on the old Yankee model – concrete desks! True, as of yet these aren’t our answer to the nukes Iran may soon add to its arsenal. However, unlike American under-desk drills carried out in apprehension of strictly hypothetical WMD attacks, our super-desks are designed to meet very real, albeit conventional, threats – Gaza’s Kassams, primitive versions of Nazi V-1 and V-2 rockets and just as murderously indiscriminate. Sounds like a joke? Right you are! The concept is thoroughly laughable but a jest this unfortunately isn’t. It is, rather, a sad reflection on the mind-set of those installed negligently at our nation’s helm. [...]