6mm-Minis is Maksim-Smelchak's blog to discuss gaming, miniatures, books, movies, food, Israel, Judaism, life in general and other funny crud. My favorite scale of miniatures is 6mm, which is also called 1/285 or 1/300 scale. I enjoy many different kinds of games including ancients, Napoleonics, WWI, WWII, the Arab-Israeli conflict, Car Wars AKA Autoduel (a sort of crash'n'derby automobile combat game), 6mm Godzilla AKA Kaiju games, and science fiction games. I'm open to everything though!

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

HASBARA: 31rst Anniversary of The Great Entebbe Rescue!

The arrival home of the hostages was an intensely joyous moment.

Hi All,

Not only is today the 4th of July for Americans, but it also another incredibly important date in the history of the world. Back on July 4th, 1976, the Israelis struck an incredible victory against Islamofacist terrorism by rescuing a planeload of people taken hostage by evil people. Despite the world edging Israel to give into terrorist demands, Israel staged a daring rescue deep into Africa and successfully rescued not only its own but the citizens of several other nations as well, Jew and Gentile.

The Dry Bones comic strip is intensely insightful about the Middle East.

It was a momentous day because the world at the time had been seriously depressed by waves of the event we now call "skyjacking." Plane after plane had been "skyjacked" within the world and too many gave into the demands of the terrorists, encouraging them to attempt the same stunt time and time again. Operation Entebbe was the turning point, after which the world woke up and increased its security to the point where the word "skyjacking" has been nearly forgotten within the Western world. And thank goodness for that.

However, while Operation Entebbe was an amazing success, it wasn't pulled off flawlessly; three of the hostages were killed and one of the rescuing Israeli soldiers was also slain during the rescue attempt. May they rest in peace.

May Yoni Netanyahu, the slain Israeli rescuer, as well as the slain hostages rest in peace.

If you'd like to learn more about Operation Entebbe, please follow this link:

There have also been numerous films made and books written about the event.

Have a great Wednesday!

And Happy Fourth of July to my American readers!


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  • At 5:16 AM, July 05, 2007, Blogger Paul O'G said…

    Truly a great feat of arms. Wasnt the Israeli soldier who was killed the CO of the commando unit?

  • At 8:44 AM, July 05, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hi Tas,

    Yes, you're right. He was the CO.

    And the Entebbe Operation still continues to amaze me as well as stand as an example in my head how to properly deal with terrorism.


  • At 9:35 AM, July 06, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Amazing operation carried out with daring and skill. I have always liked because it was an absolute good, saving innocent civilians.

    If I recall correctly, I liked the bit where they unloaded a car from the cargo plane that looked just like Amin's to confuse the Ugandan soldiers. I read somewhere the three key elements of special operations, audacity, audacity, audacity.

  • At 1:01 PM, July 06, 2007, Blogger MaksimSmelchak said…

    Hi Patrick,

    I seem to recall that the SAS motto is:

    "He who dares, wins."

    And the Israeli force did use a car repainted to look like Idi Amin's limo as well as one soldier in make-up posing as Amin.

    Thanks for writing, man!


  • At 11:38 AM, July 11, 2007, Blogger Unknown said…

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  • At 5:02 AM, July 12, 2007, Blogger MaksimSmelchak said…

    Hi Paolo,

    Thanks for commenting.

    Unfortunately, your comments came through garbled and I could not read them. Sorry.

    I did however track your ISP address and let your ISP know that you are trying to leave comments on blogs. I also relayed that your attempted comments came through garbled so that they could help you out if you need it. You may simply be confused as how to properly use the Internet.

    All the best to you!



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