It happens every year, and I personally hate it, and here’s why:
- It’s very backwards. You never see Obama reviewing his troops and military, and the US has the world’s finest. What are we showing off exactly?
- It causes hellish traffic jams every year. I don’t get why our finest troops, need to rehearse walking in a straight line, in one of the busiest parts of Beirut (Port-Seaside Road-Bus station intersection)
- It’s just a photo-opp for our politicians and religious leaders, and an exclusive, invite-only thing. So, it stands to reason they should do it in an exclusive, private venue.
- The removal of cars from a day before, especially for residents and people frequenting the restaurants and pubs in Beirut, is bad for business and a hassle.
- If it must happen, can they train somewhere else? Ruining highway barriers and asphalt for our 1960s tank to pass is just not worth it.
That said, please don’t misinterpret this as contempt for our Lebanese Army. Despite all the disadvantages and undermining its authority, the Lebanese Armed Forces have some of the best trained, most valiant, honorable men and women in uniform, and I’m sure they find this day just as annoying as the rest of us (having to parade themselves in front of the very same corrupt politicians that humiliate them and undermine their authority, every single day)
Photos courtesy of The Daily Star