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5. THE RULE OF PEACE

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THE NEW LEBANON must be built on the RULE OF PEACE.

 

THE NEW LEBANON MUST BE BUILT ON THE PEACEFUL RESOLUTION OF CONFLICTS, JUSTICE and RESPECT FOR OTHERS.

 

THE USE OF FORCE, WEAPONS, ARMAMENTS AND VIOLENCE IN THE RESOLUTION OF PUBLIC OR PRIVATE CONFLICTS MUST BE BANNED FOREVER FROM THE CULTURE, THE HABITS AND THE LEGAL AND POLITICAL SYSTEMS OF THE NEW LEBANON.

 

THE USE OF FORCE IS THE EXCLUSIVE PREROGATIVE OF THE STATE

FORCE CAN ONLY BE USED FOR THE ENFORCEMENT OF THE LAW AND THE CONSTITUTION AND FOR THE DEFENSE OF THE NATION.

 

THE PARTY OF LEBANON WANTS:

 

  1. THE EXCLUSIVE SUPREMACY OF THE LEBANESE STATE AND OF THE LEBANESE ARMY.
    Military force and law enforcement is the exclusive prerogative of the Lebanese State

 

  1. EXCLUDE BY LAW THE RECOURSE TO MILITARY FORCE IN CONFLICTS. Lebanon has no role in military action in any regional or international conflict. Lebanon has no desire to use its military for any purpose other than its own defense. No organization can use the Lebanese soil as a base for military or paramilitary activity inside Lebanon or outside of Lebanon.

 

  1. A SECULAR ARMY FREE FROM CORRUPTION AND NEPOTISM. Army and Internal Security Forces are at the service of the nation as a whole. They protect citizens and enforce the Law without regard to religion, gender or origin.  The Lebanese Army MUST be a strong and united corps of the LEBANESE STATE.Army and Internal Security Forces personnel must opt for secularism by law or resign.Army Officers and Internal Security Forces must declare their assets and revenues annually.Severe prison sentences and financial penalties must be enacted for members of the Army convicted of corruption or nepotism.

 

  1. REFORM THE ARMY AND THE INTERNAL SECURITY FORCES.
    BUILD THE LEBANESE ARMY INTO A NATIONAL DEFENSE FORCE MODELED ON THE SWISS MILITARY, AN EFFICIENT, HIGHLY TRAINED, AND HIGHLY EQUIPPED DEFENSE AND SECURITY.

 

  1. REFORM THE NOMINATION AND PROMOTION SYSTEM AND BASE CAREERS ON MERIT.

 

  1. ENACT A GENERAL PARDON FOR ALL INDIVIDUALS SURRENDERING THEIR WEAPONS VOLUNTARILTY DURING A LIMITED PERIOD OF TIME

 

  1. ENACT SEVERE PENALTIES FOR THE RETENTION OF WEAPONS BY INDIVIDUALS AFTERWARDS