Armenian Libertarian-Socialist Movement

Global, Caucasian and Armenian politics in anarchist perspective

Professional Army combined with localised Fedayeen Clubs

Posted by kronstadt on February 11, 2007

As we have stated in out Manifesto, “Military service should be voluntary. There should be no draft.  There should be a small but, efficient Professional army, combined with decentralized Hamainq-controled Local voluntary Militia Brigades (fedayeens) who would have private gun ownership rights (but stored in the local fayeen camps). The Federal defense forces must also invest in Satellite technology and Satellite Guided Precision Missiles.  Professional Army is also imperative for eliminating corruption and separating the militaristic thinking from the political lifeMilitary must not have the right to vote – they must be a neutral force, whose sole task is to be the guardians of Amenian Democracy”.

Our inspiration for this vision comes not only from the Libertarian theory, but also from the examples of the British army (which is widely regarded as the most efficient army in the world and is the oldest Professional army).  Consider this: in nearly 4 year engagement in Iraq, the Brits have lost only 132 soldiers.  But the move for a Professional army is not only for the purposes of efficiency, but also for the purposes of minimising the corruption and the military influence on the political life.  The Military and the Political must be kept totally separate!  In British politics, for instance, ordinary people don’t even remember what the name of the Secretary of Defence is.  There are very few, if any, Members of Parliament in Britain who are of a military background.  And this helps a great deal… maybe that’s why Politics is more liberated, more-or-less cleaner, and the corruption is minimal.  

a Question to Armenia 2020: Do we want to move in the direction of Israel, Turkey and USA (where politics is corrupted and controlled by the military), or in the direction of the UK and Switzerland???


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