I am sad to have to report the death of a hero. A man who died on a mission to protect others from unprovoked assault and who died, in part, because the IDF does not seek indiscriminate revenge on those who attack it or shelter the attackers.
The Hezbollah bunker photos I displayed on my blog were taken by the unit containing Sgt.-Maj.(res.) Asher Reuven Novik, known to his friends as Ashi. Ashi died on August 9th, one of nine paratroopers that were killed (and 11 wounded) by anti-tank missiles fired on a house in the village of Debel. Ashi was the company first sergeant, was from Kanaf, aged 36 and leaves behind a widow and two children.
His funeral is today - Sunday August 13.
I never met Ashi, but he was the best friend of Dror, an Israeli gentleman that I have enjoyed the company of and he deserves more mention than a name on a list of the dead., if nothing else to commemorate the bravery of these reservists who are fighting in Lebanon. Dror writes in his email:
Believe me. He was superman
But what can he do, when a Sagger from 2.5 KM blust into the building they were. All armor start exploding and then a second one makes the building collapse.
My condolences to the family of Ashi and to Dror and his other friends.