Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Lebanese Army Posthumous appraisal


Historically Lebanese people have cultivated a very bad habit of enslaving themselves to something, a war lord, a religious leader, a secular leader, etc. i always argued that this bad habit, this urge, is only a manifestation for the need of belonging, especially in total absence of nationalism and the positive moderate religious life style have permitted Lebanese to seek belonging in other forms than the extreme religious representation, at least most of them.

At each time the Lebanese national security is at risk, and there are no other choice than for the Lebanese Army to interfere and take the lead, knowing that an earlier interference would save a lot of troublesome, a campaign of flood blinded support for the Lebanese Army take the shape of silly divinization. i don't mind this at all. as an institution, the Lebanese Army is a focal point that most of the Lebanese trust and consider highly. but i argue that a balance should be settled. and i emphasis that the Lebanese Army can not be a divine, separated, unchallenged entity.

Anyway this is not the time to initiate rhetoric's toward the only respectful and beloved institution in Lebanon. neither it is the purpose of this blog. my intention was to point out the posthumous appraisal for the Army's soldiers whom i consider the most vulnerable. paying a very high price for no reason at all except the substantial failure of the political elite.

The meaning of posthumous is to appraise somebody after his death such as the silver star model given to our martyred youth laying dead for absolutely nothing (don't give me the "the died for there country" bullshit). though i have tons of criticism regarding the budget used by the Lebanese Army and the waste of money they prove to exercise while providing unnecessary services for the elite while leaving the lowest ranks with peanuts and a poor standard of living, i have to point out the cheap reward and sluggish attitude toward those mentioned lowest ranks. this is a very dangerous approach as it create within the institution classes and layers that are realistically divided in a sectarian way. as one of the current illegitimate Lebanese Parliamentarian told another illegitimate colleagues of his, during a life streaming and while referring to him being a Christian from Mount Lebanon: "you are not poor, you children do not enroll in the Army, ours do" referring by ours as the Muslims living in Akkar area.

Though in terms of organizational structure and inclusive values, the Lebanese army is way above any other public institution. However, there is no doubt that our national and beloved army require substantial reforms, beside it's need to receive modern weapons and ammunition.