Some Future Movement politicians have wrongly attacked in their media appearances the Lebanese Army after what happened recently in the north. So our Lebanese army decided to respond, but in the wrong way.
Unsigned signs and posters expressing support to the army have suddenly cropped up in the streets in Beirut. The army wants to convince us that they are saviour the country. Ok-ish, not going to get into this argument now, but this method is a pretty cheap way, especially when posters are showing the army chief General Jean Kahwaji himself.
The army wants to portray its leader (basically he wants to) as the masses’ demand. Yeah, sure, but for what?
- When they will know they shouldn’t pollute our walls, while arresting activists doing graffiti.
- When they will know the army shouldn’t do politics, because they get paid to protect the country and its security. We have plenty on this bandwagon.
- When they will know that state employees are hired for the public service, and they can not appoint themselves as leaders.
- When they will know supporting an institution is not supporting an individual – for the same above reason.
- When they will know they have no political independence whatsoever. Constitutionally, they follow the orders of the government.
- When they will know that NOT every army chief should dream to become a president, because it’s NOT their job.
- When they will know we learnt our lesson that military men never succeed in Lebanese presidency (please don’t mention Fouad Shehab, or I will hit you with my dearest iPhone). The last two trials were probably the worst periods in Lebanon’s recent history; actually, they compete with this title.
With current President Michel Sleiman insisting that he wants to leave by the end of his presidential term, it looks the army has started an early presidential campaign, whose posters are being funded from my TVA money. I really want my money back.
Also, apparently, the army is busy these days in Jezzine requesting people, who are expressing themselves politically on Facebook, for questioning. I hope this post doesn’t cost me dearly.
Thanks to Doreen Khoury for shooting and tweeting the photos, and inspiring me for the post. I hope I haven’t dragged you into something!
Update 17/06/2012: the below poster looks more official with the pose, size and background.