The Solution for Zimbabwe’s and Lebanon’s Armies

Jun 09, 2008 Published under Democracy and Freedom (or lack of), Lebanon, Middle East

Lebanon’s army stood by as the Hezbollah militia rampaged downtown Beirut and attacked the government’s offices.  Its alleged rationale? The army was not going to take sides – as if "neutrality" is the call of the day when an armed militia tries to bully and dominate (if not yet overthrow) the democratically elected government.

Then equally embarrassing and stupefying but with a diametrically opposite logic all of its own, Maj. Gen. Martin Chedondo, a top Zimbabwe Army General, called on his soldiers to be "partisan" and be tools to Dictator Robert Mugabe as opposed to defending civic society:

Soldiers are not apolitical.

Only mercenaries are apolitical.  We have signed up and agreed to fight and protect the ruling party‘s principles of defending the revolution.  If you have other thoughts, then you should remove that uniform. (emphasis added)

All of this comes as Mugabe’s forces have proceeded to intimidate the non-violent democratic efforts of the opposition party and civil society.

Maybe if you send Zimbabwe’s army to Lebanon, and Lebanon’s to Zimbabwe, you might actually get somewhere.

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