Israeli soldiers' accounts about their actions in Gaza seem to back up critics' assertions that the army violated rules of war and have set off a "soul-searching" in Israel, writes Richard Boudreaux in the Los Angeles Times. The troops tell of orders to shoot civilians without warning and destroy property "just because you can." The army has ordered a special investigation.
"When we entered a house, we were supposed to bust down the door and start shooting inside and just go up story by story," one soldier was quoted as telling a military prep school. "Each story, if we identify a person, we shoot them. I asked myself: 'How is this reasonable?' " Two other widely published accounts detail the shooting of a mother and two children, and the killing of an elderly woman in a road. "I have no doubt that this will be studied seriously," said defense chief Ehud Barak.