2011/11/10

Series of "No To Compulsory Recruitment" articles - Part 2: Why are we Against Conscription?


1- Because it’s a continuation of slavery system, because it forces the citizens against their will, to do works they didn’t choose, also unpaid… The state doesn’t have the right to force the individuals to do any works without their desire.
Even when we read the history, we know that recruitment appeared at the first time in the new age, along with the movement to liberate slaves. At that time when the feudalists freed the slaves, they made a condition on slaves to serve part of their lives in recruitment… This proves the idea the recruitment is a continuation of slavery system.
2- Because it’s a system of forced labor… Forced labor is forcing the free citizens to work without a fair payback… How does the state take from its youth 3 years of their lives, without a reasonable salary appropriate for the risk and importance of the job which they do?
3- Because we are in a state of peace for more than 35 years and we don’t need to recruit all the numbers of who are currently recruited… If we were at war, recruitment becomes justified, but what’s the use of it at the time of peace? Why does the state spend all that money on those recruits for no need? Isn’t it better to direct that money in favor of development, education reform and combating unemployment?
4- Because the concepts of armies and militarism have changed in the whole world, the armies aren’t measured by its numbers anymore, but by the efficiency of its soldiers, their experience and their desire to combat, by the progress of weapons and the equipment they have… We want to have a small army of professional, well trained having the newest weapons. This is better than having a big army dragged from the reserve directly to the front, fighting with wooden rifles.
5- Because the current recruiting system is racial, differentiating between citizens based on gender, religion, the age of the father, the gender of siblings, the second citizenship and the citizenship of the parents… We want one law applied on all citizens without discrimination between them.
6- Because it reduces the Gross domestic product (DGP)… In other words, if we assumed that the producing age for the citizen is about 40 years (from 20 to 60 years old), when the state takes 3 years of them (about 10%) wasting them in the army, this means that we lose 10% of our GDP without any logical justification… If conscription was abolished, the youth are going to exploit that period in building their careers, consequently, about 10% increase in the GDP, this would lead to an increase in supply against the demand on goods, this would lead to a decrease in prices and a reduction in inflation.
7- Because it gives authority for militarists over civilians, while this contradicts the idea of the civic state… The true civic state is the state that militarists in it have not any authority over civilians, but the laws of conscription give militarists the authority over civilians in the mobilization, the traveling permission and in military trials… We are against all the forms of the authority of militarists over civilians.
8- Because we believe-in the right for citizens to choose, we believe-in that the peoples are mature and can decide their destiny by themselves, we believe-in that we don’t need one militarist of the army to impose his guardianship on us and tells us that this is in your interest and this is not in your interest… We see that any law enforced has to stem from the people, and any law which was enforced through undemocratic establishments is an illegal law.
9- Because according to some statics, there exists about 8 million Egyptians who paid the fine for the evasion of recruitment, which means that about 30% of the adult males have evaded the military service, and this is a number which reveals that the Egyptian people don’t believe-in the importance of conscription, and that the people see that as long as we are at a time of peace, then the state isn’t in need for us in the army… This isn’t a deficiency in patriotism or anything, because after the defeat of 1967, many Egyptians volunteered in the army by themselves, and the volunteers were a big percentages of the combating forces in 1973.
10- Because recruitment takes away the political rights of recruits, which means the recruit loses his rights to nomination or elections during the period of his presence in the army, all that and he’s inside the army against his consent, so how the state forces someone on the national service and at the same time taking of him his right to election?
11- Because the ones who didn’t do their military service are banned from practicing their political activity, and this contradicts the constitution which explicitly states that the state has to ensure equal opportunities between citizens to reach the positions of authority.

Related links:
* No to Compulsory Military Recruitment - an overview - (page)
* Series of "No To Compulsory Recruitment" articles - Part 1: Conscription System and it’s Legal Framework
* Series of “No To Compulsory Recruitment” articles - Part 3: The Unconstitutionality of Conscription
* Series of “No To Compulsory Recruitment” articles - Part 4: Conscientious Objection
* Series of “No To Compulsory Recruitment” articles - Part 5: What's the Alternative? The Voluntary Recruiting System
* Series of “No To Compulsory Recruitment” articles - Part 6: Summary of our Demands
* Series of “No To Compulsory Recruitment” articles - Part 7: How Can You Help Us

Map for conscription in the world:-
Green: No armed forces
Blue: No enforced conscription
Orange: Plan to abolish conscription in the near future
Red: Conscription (notice that European countries which have conscription don't mistreat recruits and acknowledge conscientious objection to refuse recruitment)

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