Perhaps the worst statement the Lebanese people heard this week was the government’s call to take measures to protect its military personnel. This call was tantamount to an implicit confession that the army is in danger and that the environment surrounding it in some areas is no longer friendly. Although opposing statements are numerous and they are mainly friendly, what matters is seeking the truth and not working to embellish reality. The army’s task is defending the country from its enemies inside and outside the country. It doesn’t require a political or a governmental cover to carry out its defensive tasks and it doesn’t need to be adopted by a sect or a religion. They army does not need to outbid over others in its love for the country. It must defend itself and the country, open fire on any assaulter and strike those who murder its soldiers with an iron fist. Talk of supporting the army is not enough. Everyone wants the army to implement “security plans” in the areas of “others” but when these plans are to be implemented in a closed security or political area, the entire rhetoric towards the army changes. The army must not be dealt with in a manner requiring care and sympathy because this makes it lose its credibility, capability and readiness. Its strength comes from within, away from the arena of politics. It comes from its discipline, performance, neutrality and commitment to national affairs and not from the calculations linked to posts and statuses.
We don’t want punishment for the sake of achieving vengeance but for the sake of burying grudgesNayla Tueni