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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

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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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Attacks on women now focus on Ambiga and Clare - By Commander (Rtd) S THAYAPARAN Royal Malaysian Navy
Monday, November 06, 2017
Malaysiakini : “You can't beat women anyhow and that if you are wise or dislike trouble and uproar you don't even try to.” – William Faulkner
Sarawak Report
COMMENT | First off, shout out to Maryam Lee for writing articles that actually qualify as think pieces. Just one thing, though – “herstory”? Really? Do feminists use that? Either I’m old-fashioned or I should check my privilege or something.
Nathaniel Tan is one of my favourite Malaysiakini writers because he makes a habit of bucking the trend in a non-reactionary way. His response to Raja Petra Kamarudin’s (RPK) misogynistic and racist tirade against Ambiga Sreenevasan and Clare Rewcastle-Brown was measured and logical, but I think the bigger issue is ignored.
This is not really about means or ends; this is about what is wrong with this country. Political discourse is merely a reflection of this.

Here’s the thing though. If RPK (photo) had stuck to the conspiracy angle – something he admittedly does pretty well – it would have been par for the course as far as partisan politics goes. In fact, it would have been extremely effective in persuading people who do not subscribe to the echo-chamber groupthink that the opposition was conspiring with a foreign power to shape the destiny of this country.
Almost the same strategy the opposition is pushing, on how Malaysia would lose its sovereignty to a regional superpower if the Umno regime endures. In any case, the attacks against these two individuals were based on ethnicity and gender because that is the political and social climate here in Malaysia. When attacks against the opposition are made, it is always along racial and religious lines. When the targets are women, it gets more virulent. Why?
(Please keep in mind when I say "opposition," I do not necessarily mean it in the political affiliation sense, but rather opposing the status quo in general.) We live in a society where the establishment routinely demonises women through the mediums of race and religion, and encourages a culture where the male gender is supreme, much like how it is in the establishment’s racial and religious preoccupations – which, of course, are not limited to Umno, but that is a topic for another piece.
Sticking with the political angle for a moment, ours is a Malaysia where political operatives such as Tasek Gelugor MP Shabudin Yahaya, who appeared to endorse paedophilia and rape, can have nothing happen to them beyond the online opprobrium that some mistake as the pulse of the country. As I’ve written previously: “He also squarely places the blame on the ‘wild lifestyle’ of women and girls which absolves men from their crimes and reinforces the victim-blaming and shaming that constitutes the foundations of a rape culture that is based on a paternalistic agenda of men like Shabudin Yahaya.”
Malaysian men an endangered species?
Remember when Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak claimed that Malaysian men were an endangered species because of the success of Malaysian women? I believe he was holding the women’s portfolio at that time. This was the same time a teacher won her gender discrimination case against the Education Ministry because they withdrew her job as a temporary teacher, all for the crime of being pregnant.
Read all about it here: “In the case of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, Malaysia objected to three specific clauses in Article 16 (states’ parties shall take all appropriate measures to eliminate discrimination against women in all matters relating to marriage and family relations and in particular shall ensure, on a basis of equality of men and women) because of the dual legal system governing Muslims and non-Muslims in this country.”
The fact that these women are not Malay and Muslim makes them even more detestable to the establishment because, for the time being at least, they do not have to conform to how Muslim women have to behave in this country. Check that – most Muslim women. Those with power themselves, or who are close to power are in a different category altogether. That is why it is largely non-Muslim opposition women are demonised as prostitutes or told to shut up.

Muslim men routinely go around asking women to cover up. Respect the sensitiveness of the Muslims, they say. Cover up your bodies for the betterment of society, not too much of a stretch to covering up crimes for the sake of the country. This is the kind of thinking that is all too pervasive over here, where people still are still actually debating if becoming an Islamic state is a good thing. Imagine a woman from a disenfranchised Indian community and a privileged white woman attempting to take down a Malay Muslim hegemon. What could be more vexing for an establishment constantly mired in controversies financial and sexual, but whose main agenda is preserving the notion of bangsa and agama (race and religion)?
This question of whether they are paid or get sexually aroused in attempting to take down a Muslim prime minister and replace him with an “Indian” prime minister says a lot. Never mind the fact that the so-called “Indian” prime minister identifies himself as a Malay Muslim, but that is beside the point.
These types of men cannot conceive of anybody, much less a woman, doing something on principle or belief in a cause. There always is a need to monetise political action, which is why failing to accept money means that you get some sort of sexual gratification out of exposing the corruption of the potentates. This makes sense to them.
Or is it anger? Is that the reason why they think these women are not attracted to corrupt behaviour, hence the need to project some sort of sexual reaction on the part of women who crusade against these corrupt politicians? In this way, women become surrogates for everything they believe wrong with non-Muslim women who do not accept their corruption, racial supremacy and religious superiority.
This is why we get winning lines like “hiding her black hands” and “white woman,” because it is the colour of their skin that is the real threat to the Umno hegemon. Ultimately what really bothers them is this: that if this hegemon falls it would because of two women conspiring to bring down a racial and religious supremacist power structure. It does not matter what they will replace it with; they are attacked on the grounds of their gender, ethnicity and their religious affiliations because this is exactly the way how this country is.
The big question then becomes this: by writing this way, what kind of Malaysia am I helping to create?
posted by D.Swami Gwekanandam @ 10:38 AM  
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