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“When you're left wounded on

Afganistan's plains and

the women come out to cut up what remains,

Just roll to your rifle

and blow out your brains,

And go to your God like a soldier”

“We are not retreating. We are advancing in another direction.”

“It is fatal to enter any war without the will to win it.”

“Old soldiers never die; they just fade away.

“The soldier, above all other people, prays for peace,

for he must suffer and be the deepest wounds and scars of war.”

“May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won't .”
“The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard die for his.

“Nobody ever defended anything successfully, there is only attack and attack and attack some more.

“Fixed fortifications are a monument to the stupidity of man."
“It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died.
Rather we should thank God that such men lived.

The Soldier stood and faced God

Which must always come to pass

He hoped his shoes were shining

Just as bright as his brass

"Step forward you Soldier,

How shall I deal with you?

Have you always turned the other cheek?

To My Church have you been true?"

"No, Lord, I guess I ain't

Because those of us who carry guns

Can't always be a saint."

I've had to work on Sundays

And at times my talk was tough,

And sometimes I've been violent,

Because the world is awfully rough.

But, I never took a penny

That wasn't mine to keep.

Though I worked a lot of overtime

When the bills got just too steep,

The Soldier squared his shoulders and said

And I never passed a cry for help

Though at times I shook with fear,

And sometimes, God forgive me,

I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place

Among the people here.

They never wanted me around

Except to calm their fears.

If you've a place for me here,

Lord, It needn't be so grand,

I never expected or had too much,

But if you don't, I'll understand."

There was silence all around the throne

Where the saints had often trod

As the Soldier waited quietly,

For the judgment of his God.

"Step forward now, you Soldier,

You've borne your burden well.

Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,

You've done your time in Hell."

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The damnation game of PKR and PAS - By Commander (Rtd) S THAYAPARAN Royal Malaysian Navy
Saturday, August 26, 2017
Malaysiakini : “As with many tragedies, our story opens in a moment of triumph.” ― Dan Jones, ‘The Wars of the Roses: The Fall of the Plantagenets and the Rise of the Tudors’
Knifing your buddies in the back
COMMENT | Does anyone else get the impression that PKR lawmaker William Leong is the only one doing something while everyone else fiddles while Selangor burns? Leong is right when he says that the party, and by extension Pakatan Harapan, should be preparing to meet PAS in three-cornered fights for the upcoming battle in Selangor, and PKR should stop dealing with PAS.
Mind you, some would argue that throwing in the towel is not doing anything productive, but I think that sometimes not playing the game is better than making excuses for losing the game even though you knew you were playing a rigged game.
I already made my stand clear that attempts at seat negotiation with PAS is an exercise in futility but more importantly, the worst kind of political expediency – “I would argue the possibility of losing state power is better in the end than continuing dealing with a supposed ally that has Umno strings attached to it. Furthermore, if PAS loses relevance to Umno, then another piece on the chessboard is removed and the opposition front can function more cohesively instead of dealing with an ally whose every move seems to be synchronised with Putrajaya.”
This latest expose about PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang working with the grand Umno poohbah merely confirms what political insiders have been leaking for months. PAS is holding a weak PKR by the cojones and anyone making the argument that PAS has any part to play in the opposition should have his or her head examined.
Of course – and I will never tire of saying this – this idea that PAS is solely to blame for this fiasco, is mendacious. There is really no point revisiting the ‘PAS for All’ debacle but it is important to note that religious extremism in Selangor, and indeed Harapan, was let in through the front door by the basest of political instincts.
Hadi’s revisionism of the Memali incident is demonstrative of how this regime is pushing its luck when it comes to Islamic extremism in this country. I would argue that what Hadi and Umno are doing with the Memali incident is like what US President Donald Trump did with the Charlottesville tragedy, that is normalising extremism for their political and religious bases.
Of course, in this political climate, normalising racial and religious superiority or arguing against such strategies is pointless. What is my point? That PAS is extremist and not the other “Malay-based” political parties? I figure dealing with one less extremist party is better than dealing with a bunch of them, right?
More importantly, PAS has made it very clear that it finds working with Umno a better route to federal power than working Harapan. The only way to stop PAS - and here is the irony, Umno wants to stop PAS - is for Harapan to disavow PAS even if it means the possibility of losing Selangor. While some in the opposition think that this would never happen, I would argue that confining PAS to the backwaters is worth it even it means compromising state-level power.
Remember what PAS ulama wing delegate Zulkifli Ismail said after his litany of how PKR has been disloyal to PAS – “Cooperation must become the space and platform to propagate Islam. The goal of Islam is not to allow absolute cooperation." What do you think he means, Selangor Menteri Besar Azmin Ali?
A vicious PAS
We are not talking about a political party talking to its base and members. We are talking about a political party that has no problem losing electoral contests as long as it gets them closer to Umno power. As someone for PSM once told me, if they (PAS) consider you weak, they will be even more vicious.
PKR secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution said that "our priority now is to talk to William and hear what he has to say," which is kind of disingenuous because it is not as if Leong is talking in riddles. Everyone is saying the same thing. Everyone is wondering why PKR continues dancing with PAS. Everyone knows the reason, and that is because PKR thinks that if it drops PAS, the party would be in trouble and of course, there are concerns of sabotage because PAS and PKR are joined at the hip in all manner of municipal issues.
There are very real concerns about the kind of strategies PAS would employ when it knows that it is fighting a losing battle. Look, if Umno is worried about Mahatharists sleepers within its rank, do you not think that they are comforted by PAS sleepers within the political machinery of Harapan?
Does anyone really think that a three-cornered fight would be fought in The Marquess of Queensberry rules? I would argue, despite what other political pundits say, that Selangor is not a safe bet because prolonged negotiations with PAS has emboldened its grassroots and enabled Umno to deal with its own problems within Selangor while Harapan was busy bickering with PAS. I would argue that this was the strategy from Putrajaya and it has worked remarkably well.
Think about this for a moment. What kind of deal could Azmin strike that would be beneficial to the Harapan? I posit that the only deal that could be made would be beneficial to PKR and any such deal would be detrimental to Harapan because PAS has no interest in dealing with the DAP, Bersatu or Amanah.
Furthermore, I would argue that if PAS is allowed to maintain its presence in the Selangor government it would just weaken the already tenuous bonds within Harapan and Umno would have a say in the running of the Selangor without having to even win the state.
What did those thugs say in that incident in the hostel in Japan?
“Melayu dengan Melayu pun macam ni!” There is that.
posted by Major D Swami (Retired) @ 10:18 AM  

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