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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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Now, we can’t even have our pints in peace by R NADESWARAN
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Malaysiakini : COMMENT | Metaphorically speaking, should we say, “Lock the doors, the lunatics are at the gates” or should we say, “The lunatics have taken over the asylum?” Either way, we are staring down the barrel of a gun in the wrong hands.
Beer and Whiskey the elixir of life
Yet again, the voices of a few have taken precedence over the rights of the majority and the state seems to be abetting such gross transgressions. First, it was anything that resembled a cross, then Valentine’s Day celebrations followed by Christmas greetings, and as the days progressed, it was statues and figurines which “confused” the people. And the latest was separate drinking cups in schools. Now, we can’t even have our pints in peace.
Arguing that the consumption of alcohol is not an Eastern culture, PAS information chief Nasrudin Hassan called, and succeeded, in getting the application for a licence for the Better Beer Festival 2017 revoked. Nasrudin did not elaborate on how consuming alcohol was not an Eastern culture, but went on to say that Islam had firm teachings about the consumption of alcohol.

PAS central committee member Riduan Mohd Nor (photo) described it as a “pesta maksiat” (vice party) and claiming that it would turn Kuala Lumpur into the “largest vice centre in Asia”.
On Monday, the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) became the latest government agency to join this charade, endorsing this preposterous claim and cancelled the licence for the festival which was scheduled over two days next month.
Citing “political sensitivities” – whatever that means – the application for a licence for the event was cancelled. It is understandable if an event is cancelled for security or safety reasons, but since when has “political sensitivities” been central to deciding the licensing of events? With the herd mentality, the voices (and the success) of the duo will soon reverberate across the country.
The pontification of moderation in a multi-racial and multi-religious society is all humbug. Our leaders suddenly lost their voices and continue to be grazing in the wilderness, pretending it does not exist or not worth attending to. For them, taking a stand against such outlandish views is a political time bomb, especially with the general election on the horizon. The DAP has gone to town with this undermining of the individual’s right of choice. Among others, former law minister Zaid Ibrahim (photo) chastised those who had backed the cancellation of the event.

“Those who objected to this festival are from the same group. They don’t want festival, entertainment or singing. But they are okay with two or three wives, the younger, the better,” said Zaid. “Can MCA do something? Hasn’t MCA succeeded in turning BN into a moderate coalition,” he asked in a Facebook posting.
Instead of slamming DBKL for its callousness and being in cohorts with the perpetrators of this decision, the MCA asked City Hall to be “consistent and accountable.” In wanting to be politically correct, its religious harmony bureau chief Ti Lian Ker, said: “They cannot arbitrarily reject the application and threaten to take action against the organiser without giving a proper account or reasons for the rejection.”
‘Pesta maksiat’ at home
Let’s give the PAS duo, or for that matter anyone, their right to propagate their religion and its teachings. But to impose their values and beliefs on other Malaysians is unacceptable.
In four of the past five years, similar beer festivals were held and never has the city turned into a vice centre and neither has Kuala Lumpur been dubbed the sin capital of Asia.

Drinking beer or any other beverage is a personal choice. No one is putting a gun to the head of another and compelling him to attend the beer festival. Neither will anyone consume what he does not want or what his religion propagates. Being a lesser mortal, even if he does, he is answerable to his Maker – not to a bunch of human beings and their blinkered views on religious teachings.
The hypocrisy of these politicians knows no bounds. While they thump their chests and talk of ‘pesta maksiat’ and the lot, would they look at even the darker side of our society – incest? Here are some facts for Nasrudin and Riduan to chew on: Between 2010 and May 2017, 13,272 children were reported having been raped, according to police statistics. Between 2014 and 2016, 11.8 percent of all sexual offences against children were cases of incest. Of that, 50.7 percent of cases reported pointed toward a father or stepfather as the perpetrator.
So, leave us alone. We have a few beers; have a good yarn, followed by a good laugh. Then we jump into a Uber or Grab Car and head home. We are not noisy; we don’t wake up our neighbours, and we have a good night’s sleep and get up in the morning and go to work. Nasrudin and Riduan should be looking at the pious types who don’t drink beer, who say their daily prayers, and prey on their daughters. They, not us, have a ‘pesta maksiat’ over months, sometimes years. The court records attest to this.

R NADESWARAN is aghast that a small group of zealots with the support of the state are preventing us from enjoying a tipple or two at our own expense. Comments:
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