Israeli soldier involved in bulldozer death to testify
(CNN) -- A former Israeli soldier is expected to testify Thursday in a civil suit filed by the parents of an American peace activist, who was crushed to death in 2003 by a bulldozer as she tried to prevent Israel from bulldozing homes in Gaza.
The soldier -- the one driving the vehicle when Rachel Corrie, 23, was run over -- will testify from behind a screen to protect his identity. The Israeli Supreme Court upheld the decision to shield him.
I honestly can't think of anything to say here that won't come across as black-hearted and mean. So I'll just speak my mind then... Rachel Corrie played a very expensive game of "Chicken" which she lost and paid with her life. She injected herself into an ageless battle between two groups that have never, do not, and will never see eye-to-eye, and she allowed herself to get caught up in the romanticism of the supposed victim. She willingly chose to use herself as a human shield, and wound up crushed under an armored bulldozer for choosing improperly to block it with her own body.
Whether the soldier knew she was there or not is immaterial; she willfully put herself in danger akin to the folks that run with the bulls in Pamplona. She relied on the operator of the bulldozer not only being able to see her, but also to want to stop before hitting her - and being able to stop before hitting her. It's doubtful the soldier intentionally ran her over - we humans have a natural aversion to killing our own kind for the most part - it's more likely that he never saw her to begin with (considering that she was behind a mound of dirt).
And, lastly, it gives me a reason to post a gratuitous picture of KILLDOZER:
Like the man said in "Men in Black": If you don't start none, there won't be none.
That is all.