In Requiem

“Man does not live forever. He should put the days of his life to the best possible use. How to do this I can’t tell you. I only know that I don’t want to reach a certain age and look around me and suddenly discover that I have created nothing. That I am like all the other human beings who dash about like so many insects back and forth endlessly repeating the routine of their existence. I must feel certain that not only at the moment of my death shall I be able to account for the time that I’ve lived, I ought to be ready at every moment of my life to confront myself and say this is what I have done. Miss you, Yoni.”

This is the opening sequence of “Follow Me: the Yoni Netanyahu Story.” If you are unfamiliar with Yoni Netanyahu, he was the elder brother of the current Prime Minister of Israel. In 1976, a plane with 258 passengers was hijacked by Palestinian and German terrorists and diverted to Entebbe, Uganda. The terrorists released all but 101 passengers, comprised of Israelis and Jews. Unless Israel and four other countries released named prisoners, the terrorists would kill all remaining passengers. Lt. Col. Yoni Netanyahu led the raid on Entebbe. Three of the 101 passengers were killed and the rest returned to Israel. One woman hospitalized during the hijacking was murdered after the raid. Yoni Netanyahu was the sole military Israeli casualty.

This documentary is available on Netflix. I remember reading “90 Minutes at Entebbe” by William Stevenson (1976). The images from that book are still so strong my brain records them as photographs.

4 thoughts on “In Requiem

  1. Hunt, I remember Entebbe, I was in the Navy deployed to the Med at the time of raid. We were on High Alert throughout the raid. It was over before we even had our shit together. Oh I am sure there were many a sailor in CIC (Combat Info Center), that knew as much as anyone not there. Those were interesting times, and being honest I had forgot about this incident until I read your post, the a massive flashback. Thank you, Bill


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