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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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If the opposition is lying about 1MDB, sue them - By Commander S THAYAPARAN (Retired) Royal Malaysian Navy
Saturday, March 17, 2018
Malaysiakini : “Show your bravery.” - Shahbudin Husin, blogger and Umno member
COMMENT | The Economist article about the “thief” Najib Abdul Razak was not exactly accurate. To the best of my recollection, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) has not named the current Malaysian prime minister as the “MO1”. If the DOJ had named the current Malaysian prime minister as “MO1”, we would have heard about it. In fact, it would be manna from heaven for an opposition dealing with the bureaucratic nightmare which is the Malaysian electoral system and pushing a former prime minister who they had demonised as a kleptocrat back in the day, as a suitable agent of change.
The so-called rebuttal by the Malaysian high commissioner to the UK, Ahmad Rasidi Hazizi, was a competent attempt at spin which, of course, had that most odious of talking points – “arrogant colonial mindset” – a deal breaker for me, especially when it crops up in the beginning of a piece, but I persevered and fell asleep at the end of the article, which was convenient. The 1MDB issue - while complicated - also exposes the dubious; I would say larcenous underpinnings of international geopolitics. This is understood or it should be. If Najib is a thief, then he is in good company.
When the article first came out, the usual antics of the opposition were on full display. Opposition personalities were tripping over themselves asking the prime minister to sue and what not. Maximum mileage for an issue that is worryingly unable to gain traction where it is needed most. However, where the high commissioner's spin derails is in the last paragraph of his response: “Your reporting appears to have been based exclusively on falsehoods pushed by opposition parties and their sympathisers for political gain ahead of the coming election.”
If the 1MDB issue is mere falsehood spread by the opposition, why hasn’t the Najib regime sued the opposition in open court? If the state security apparatus has cleared the prime minister of any wrongdoing, why hasn’t the government or the Najib personally sued anyone for making allegations against him or his government? More importantly, why hasn’t Najib sworn in a mosque as he did when he swore “that he did not know or had any connection with Mongolian woman Altantuya Shaarribuu who was murdered in 2006 in Puncak Alam, Selangor”?
Please keep in mind that the prime minister did not actually swear on a Quran so it was not really “official” but still it was a gesture. And as Umno blogger Shahbudin Husin pointed out a couple of years ago, why didn't the PM do the same with the 1MDB issue back in 2015? And Shahbudin is right. If Najib can swear in a mosque that he did not have anything to do with the Altantuya murder, why not swear in a mosque (on the Quran this time) that the 1MDB issues are lies by the opposition? Why not invite Muslim opposition leaders to do the same – swear that Najib is a thief and let God decide who is right or wrong on this issue.
Damning indictment
It makes you wonder, doesn’t it? A man can swear in a mosque that he has no connection with a murdered Mongolian woman but cannot do the same when it comes to one of the biggest corruption scandals in this country. Why is that? What does it tell you about this whole sordid case? Which is more damning in a spiritual sense - murder or corruption? What does it say about someone who makes that distinction? Something important I reckon, but as I said, I have neither the intellectual capability or spiritual acuity to explore this question so I will leave it to greater minds than my own.
Of course, suing opposition leaders for such libel and slander would be better than swearing in a mosque and would show the international media, governments and various other international organisations that the opposition is lying when it comes to the 1MDB issue. I have spoken to numerous opposition operatives and they welcome the prime minister, or the government for that matter, taking them to court. In fact, there is a long line of opposition candidates begging for this honour.
This, of course, is strange because we are constantly told that the judicial system in this country is biased – I have pushed this narrative also – but it does make you wonder, if the opposition knows that the judicial system in this country is compromised, then why are they willing to take the risk of being sued? On the other hand, if the government knows that they influence the judicial system in this country, why not sue the opposition and their sympathisers, instead of merely claiming that these people are spreading falsehoods? And you do not have to target many people. Just the opposition heir apparent, Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
I would pay to see that. Najib suing the former prime minister Mahathir for calling him a thief. That works on so many levels. Just the thought of Malaysiakini columnist Thor Kah Hoong contemplating this issue brings a smile to my face. And that is really the issue, right? Forget about the complex details of the financial scandal. Forget about the numerous articles, documents and boring-as-horse-manure legal documents surrounding the 1MDB case.
The most important idea that the government cannot get rid of is that the opposition is lying. It is really simple. If the opposition is lying, then the prime minister should sue them. Forget about the fact that an international publication has called you a thief. They are not important. But if the Malaysian opposition and a former prime minister are doing the same, then in order to demonstrate to your base that you are not a thief, you have to sue the people making those claims.
The fact that Najib does not is the most damning indictment of the whole 1MDB corruption scandal.
posted by D Swami Gwekanandam @ 10:40 AM  

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