The IDF has ordered that a song about a border policeman not be played on its radio, Haaretz reports. Some of the offensive lyrics:
To learn to kill is a matter of momentum, you start small and later it comes... First it's only a drill, a rifle barrel bangs the door, children in shock, family in panic... The heart goes crazy, beats wildly, he knows -- from now on it will be easier. They're not a man, not a woman, they're only an object, only a shadow. To learn to kill is a matter of habit... To learn cruelty is a matter of momentum, it starts out small and later it comes. Every boy is a man, eager for victories. Hands behind your head, legs apart.
Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military for the Washington Post from 2000 through 2008.