Jumblatt calls for revival of compulsory military service

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Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblatt urged the government to give early retirement incentives to veteran officers in order to rebuild a youthful army.

He said such a step could be accompanied by a decision to bring back compulsory military service, he wrote in his al Anbaa weekly column

Jumblatt called for the deployment of the young soldiers in the south” to learn how to defend Lebanon against Israel. ”

He also called for adopting some austerity measures to provide the military institution with needed funds that would allow it to buy the necessary equipment adding that arming the military should be a top government priority and should take place “at the expense of other unnecessary expenditures.”

Jumblatt said that several countries are ready to sell weapons to the Lebanese army without preconditions.

In reference to the USA he said :” Some countries are specifying “the type of guns that they want Lebanon to use in the interior and those that it should place at the southern border “

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23 responses to “Jumblatt calls for revival of compulsory military service”

  1. Sounds like a plan to me.

  2. i have an idea. why dont all the MPs send their kids to the army and see how it feels like to lose your children.

    which countries are interested. i hate when they talk in riddles.

    i dont think you need to impose compulsory military. judging from the many posts i’ve read during my last year and a bit here, theres enough crazies who are itching to join.

    god be with all of you and long live lebanon.

  3. “Austerity measures” …. Why not start by cutting MP’s and ministers salries in half (most if not all are useless anyway) and make them pay for their electricity, phone bills, petrol and cut down on their many perks. Why not heavily tax every minister and MP on any extra income made whilst they are in office? Then maybe Lebanon will be able to cloth and feed our sons when they go to their military service.

    Jumblatt has gone over the edge I think, I would suggest to him to send his sons to Liberate Shebaa, Ghajar, Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistant….

    Wlek Tfeh !

  4. ma3ak 7a2 wallah ya freddie. al shoo al compulsory service.

    my syrian friend here cant go back to syria from canada cos he has to pay $5,000 so he doesnt join the army.

    mr, jumblatt is trying to get another way to make more money from expats who wanna visit lebanon.

    each one pay $5,000 on arrival.

    1. Walid Khouri Avatar
      Walid Khouri

      I am staying out of this one… Damn if you do and damn if you don’t. On one hand it is the greatest equalizer which will bring all people together in the service and on the other hand it is an infringement on the liberties.

      1. I agree with Adrian on this one…

      2. Walid Khouri Avatar
        Walid Khouri

        Adrian,

        Kennedy says “what YOU can do for your country” but he did not say by force, THAT WAS ELECTIVE. He never said if you don’t I would bring you in by force. Forcing people to serve in the armed forces is pathetic. What if you do not believe in violence and you do not subscribe to killing EVEN in a war… Would you force a kid to join?

        In the U.S. there is NO compulsory military service. There are incentives, as such join the army, serve for a number of years and get free tuition for education. Now THAT is a plan.

        Besides, why one would serve? If the elected who would send my kid to war is a crook and the country is a failed state and the son inherits his father’s seat in the parliament and the oligarchs keep skimming the butter and the poor people live with no electricity, no water, no roads, no jobs, no security and no sovereignty.

        Then you go on saying, with the exception of expats… If the law of the land does not apply to expats then the expats HAVE NO RIGHT to vote nor interfere in the affairs of Lebanon. Then they will become JUST a bunch of tourists. Carrying a Lebanese passport whether you live in Beirut or Alaska comes with the same privileges and you WILL abide by the same rules. If the sons and daughters of lebanon get compulsory military service so will the son and daughters of the Lebanese expats unless they voluntarily give up their citizenship. EQUAL is EQUAL.

      3. Walid, I agree on some points with you however, being the small country that we are, maybe this would be the only way to get more young people involved and strengthen the LAF…

      4. Walid, I agree on some points with you however, being the small country that we are, maybe this would be the only way to get more young people involved and strengthen the LAF…

  5. this is one of the “agreements” between libon and syria that was signed.

    I agree with Alex as far as incentives to join but it should be upto the individual and not forced upon.

    Besides, HA only recuites shi3a, so this law wont apply to half the country………oh ya,I forget theres LAF ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Leb-Syrian Avatar
      Leb-Syrian

      Lik shlounaikkk khayto? Kif el 7al ya Mariam?! Ana wallaheee mabsout, ma bishkee min shi. Hehe, just thought you needed a little Syrian in your day!

      1. Walid Khouri Avatar
        Walid Khouri

        You must admit though Syrian accent is ghaliiz ๐Ÿ˜›

      2. Walid Khouri Avatar
        Walid Khouri

        You must admit though Syrian accent is ghaliiz ๐Ÿ˜›

      3. Leb-Syrian Avatar
        Leb-Syrian

        hahaha, that is old fashioned, for the guys that hang out at the coffee shops, LOL I don’t talk like that, and I def dont call people khayto haha. My neighbor is 100% Syrian, lol and an old woman, so yeah she talks like that, def is ghaleez.

      4. Leb-Syrian Avatar
        Leb-Syrian

        hahaha, that is old fashioned, for the guys that hang out at the coffee shops, LOL I don’t talk like that, and I def dont call people khayto haha. My neighbor is 100% Syrian, lol and an old woman, so yeah she talks like that, def is ghaleez.

      5. wlak shlonak? hope youre doing well, always could use the humor ya sa7bee……did you get my message earlier about sa7bak 3imil aliya oo reji3, baraktiloo she?

      6. wlak shlonak? hope youre doing well, always could use the humor ya sa7bee……did you get my message earlier about sa7bak 3imil aliya oo reji3, baraktiloo she?

      7. Leb-Syrian Avatar
        Leb-Syrian

        Lmao, No I havent seen it. I definately think a congratulations is in order to him, next time he posts! haha. Hope your enjoyin the nice weather.

      8. Leb-Syrian Avatar
        Leb-Syrian

        Lmao, No I havent seen it. I definately think a congratulations is in order to him, next time he posts! haha. Hope your enjoyin the nice weather.

  6. jumblatt one day he want to give the palestinain there right one day he put his nose in the economi one day in the cooking and one day in the army and how and where we can get gun ye3ne in arabic mich 3arif 3a aya khezou2 bado yerkab find the nearist post for you abou khara and leave us alone with your crap ideas

  7. jumblatt one day he want to give the palestinain there right one day he put his nose in the economi one day in the cooking and one day in the army and how and where we can get gun ye3ne in arabic mich 3arif 3a aya khezou2 bado yerkab find the nearist post for you abou khara and leave us alone with your crap ideas

  8. christian martyr Avatar
    christian martyr

    mmmm i do agree on the points he made but inreguards to compulsary deloyment to young lebanese youths in the military has advantages and disadvantages…

  9. christian martyr Avatar
    christian martyr

    mmmm i do agree on the points he made but inreguards to compulsary deloyment to young lebanese youths in the military has advantages and disadvantages…

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