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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.”

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“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."
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Rather we should thank God that such men lived.

The Soldier stood and faced God


Which must always come to pass

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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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When ‘Hidup Umno’ rings loud in our schools - By Commander (Rtd) S THAYAPARAN Royal Malaysian Navy
Wednesday, October 04, 2017
Malaysiakini : “The command of the old despotisms was ‘Thou shalt not’. The command of the totalitarians was ‘Thou shalt’. Our command is ‘Thou are’.” – George Orwell, "1984"
COMMENT | I sincerely hope there were no non-Malay students in the “class decoration and performance” event at that school in Putrajaya.
When someone shouts “Hidup Umno”, they are calling for Malay and Islamic supremacy in its purest form. A non-Malay child forced to express such nonsense seems cruel in ways that the systemic discrimination in this country does not. I suppose this type of oppression goes on in myriad ways in government schools all across the country, and the fewer non-Malays there are, the more virulent the Umno propaganda is in those schools.
This, of course, makes you wonder what is going on in all those religious schools that are apparently safety hazards. If Umno is pushing the race and religion card in public institutions that are supposed to be non-political and multiracial, I cannot help but think of the kind of propaganda that is going on in those religious schools, where young children are taught that their religion is superior to everything else.

If folks wonder why Muslims youths are being radicalised, it is because of events like these. I wrote about this before -
“When you:
“1) Vilify political opponents as anti-Islam.
“2) Persecute other Muslims and label them deviant.
“3) Carry out propaganda programmes that claim that the Malay/Muslim community is under siege from religious and economic agendas supported by non-Muslim Malaysians.
“4) Maintain that by virtue of race, you are superior to other Malaysians.
“When you do all of the above in an effort to define what it means to be ‘Malay’, then do not act surprised that young Malays gravitate to similar ideologies that make them the centre of the universe, and violence an acceptable means to achieve hegemony.”  People dismiss this school event as just another embarrassment for the ruling party, but this in reality was another blatant Umno display of hostility towards the democratic process, the constitution and civil discourse.
The next time some establishment apologist talks about creating unity through national schools, I hope rational Malaysians will consider that sending their young to any place but these fetid breeding grounds of hate and discrimination is better than allowing them to chant “Hidup Umno” while young teachers are invited to join Umno with promises of positions of influence.
I would even argue that home schooling is better than allowing your children to be exposed to this kind of horse manure. At least then the only time they would witness such state propaganda is when they read about it in comment pieces like this, mocking the state and its minions for carrying out such programmes.
Exhibit A
When Ku Nan invited all those “comel” (cute) teachers to join Umno and become “division chiefs, branch chiefs, secretaries”, all I could think of – was he referring to the cute male teachers as well? That I suppose is the qualification to become anything in Umno. Cute young Malays, relying on their sexuality, to advance in the Umno hierarchy. On the one hand, the Umno state cracks down on Malay sexuality on cultural and religious grounds and on the other, we have a high-ranking Umno minister encouraging "cute" young teachers to join Umno for benefits.

It all gets a little confusing because, Umno – and now with the help of PAS – is pushing for an extreme kind of Islam, so this idea of cute people bartering themselves for political favours has to be done in a manner that conforms to the religious practices of the state-sanctioned religion. And there is that cowardice again. Ku Nan has no comment on the "kosherness" of such an event. Umno hacks behave indecently and then they do not have the cojones to own up to it. The ban on a beer festival becomes a game of passing the buck. Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi claims that it is a police matter when the festival is banned. The police claim that it was merely acting on orders from above.
Then the situation becomes one of "advice" and not banning. All the while, a hack from another state makes bizarre justifications as to why such festivals are allowed in his state without any problems. This is what “Hidup Umno” is all about. And I get that some folks approve of the establishment and would chant along when asked, but when you force kids to do it then you make them accomplices through no fault of their own.

Ku Nan is right. Anyone who supports Umno is in the same boat. The good ship Kleptocratic Inc, where subservience and opportunism go hand in hand with religious oppression. Where a political party can flaunt the rule of law and standards of decency and do this for the cause of “bangsa” (race) and “agama” (religion).
When former prime minister and now de facto opposition leader Dr Mahathir Mohamad laments that he could not change the Malays – "What else (can I do)...I have tried to be an example, tried to teach, scolded, cried and even prayed. (But) I have failed. I have failed to achieve the most important thing – how to change the Malays" – I hope the opposition now realises that there is no need for grand agendas to change the Malays.
What is needed is the political will to stop these types of propaganda events, maintain a separation between mosque and state, and ensure that our public institutions are independent. If they can do that, which is not something that is beyond the opposition, and something that, contrary to what people think, is not some kind of utopian ideal, we can start the process of changing this country.
Ku Nan is ‘Exhibit A’ on why anything is better than Umno and hopefully that day will come young Malaysians are safe in our national schools.
posted by D.Swami Gwekanandam @ 8:25 PM  
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