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The role of the military: they omit where they should act and put in where they shouldn’t – 06/08/2022

“What is expected is that the next president of the Republic will put the Armed Forces to work and put an end to this destructive idleness” (João Perles, Pereira Barreto, SP, in the Folha Reader Panel of 5/8).

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Since I became a newspaper reader, as a boy, I have been in the habit of reading the letters sent to the newsroom. It’s a good way to measure the temperature of public opinion, to know what concerns readers the most, what they are thinking about the news we produce.

In recent weeks, I was struck by the amount of messages criticizing the Armed Forces, which did not happen before the advent of the government of Jair Bolsonaro.

In last Friday’s edition of Folha, of the 17 letters published, the majority (9) contained complaints about actions or omissions by the military. None were addressed to the president.

Among the topics addressed in these letters sent from different parts of the country, are the protection of the Amazon, the purchase of equipment to access cell phones and the participation of the Armed Forces in the electoral process.

incompetent

“Military members ignore PF request for help in removing invaders from indigenous land” (Ambiente, 8/4). In what concerns them, they are completely incompetent. But they want to teach others how to make elections.” (Marco Medeiros, Rio Grande, RS)

“These soldiers are useless. And with the usual incompetence.” (Celso Onofre, Ubatuba, SP)

“Is that the “patriotism” of our “glorious” Armed Forces? They are always ready to defend the interests of the powerful. Any surprises? It’s in their tradition.” (Newton Penna, Rio de Janeiro, RJ).

“Fulfilling this request would be a deviation from its function. The Armed Forces are only used to paint poles and poke around electronic voting machines (João Carlos Silva, Atibaia, SP)

Eavesdropping

“Army buys equipment to access cell phones and is silent about reasons” (Politics, 8/4). Yes, we scan!”. (Said Ahmed, São Paulo, SP)

“In the declared dictatorship (1964/1985) there was still no such technological sophistication of espionage and even then that was what it was. What will it be like now? Terror.” José Soares (São Paulo, SP)

“If they use this technology as effectively as they guard our borders and control the entry of drugs, weapons and explosives, there’s nothing to worry about.” (Terezinha Rachid O. da Fonseca, Bom Jardim de Minas, MG)

“If the Army is silent about the reasons for the purchase, why does the TSE have to keep giving information about the electronic voting machines to these elements? In fact, what is the Brazilian Army for, which receives money from our taxes and does not return any benefits to the nation? ? (Edgard Reymann, Peruíbe, SP)

As you can see, the people are angry with the military. They omit where they should act. And they put themselves where they shouldn’t.

In the midst of the electoral campaign, no candidate has so far been willing to debate a new role for the Armed Forces in peacetime.

Life goes on.

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