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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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Perak's Raya Open House an insult to Islam by Mariam Mokhtar
Monday, June 18, 2018
The Mentri Besar of Perak with strong UMNO DNA
Malaysiakini : COMMENT | What was the new Perak Mentri Besar, Ahmad Faizal Azumu, thinking, when he agreed to hold this year's Hari Raya Aidil Fitri open house at Ipoh's Movie Animation Park Studios (MAPS) theme park?
Celebrating a religious festivity in a theme park cheapens the religion and trivialises the significance of the occasion.
It is insulting and disrespectful. One cannot imagine the leader of a country hosting Christmas, Easter, Deepavali or Wesak celebrations at Disneyland, Harry Potter Studios, Universal Studios, Legoland or at the Lost World of Tambun.
Hari Raya is a solemn and important religious holiday, which marks the end of Ramadan, a month of empathy for the poor. It is signified by acts of charity, discipline, self-control, special prayers, patience, abstinence and forging a stronger bond with God. In the balik kampung exodus, individuals return home to share this special day with parents and family members. People seek forgiveness, and in typical Malaysian fashion, the doors of the family home are thrown open to receive friends and relatives - the "open house". Many people also pay their respects at the graves of deceased family members.
This year's "open house" at MAPS is a serious error of judgment by Ahmad Faizal. People do not spend hours in a gridlocked highway, only to queue-up and be bribed with free food and free entrance to the theme park. It makes a mockery of Hari Raya. A few weeks earlier, Ahmad Faizal's lame approach to the Manjoi mob had invited criticism. Troublemakers from Muslim NGOS risked straining community relations when they terrorised shop assistants, in a grocery store in Manjoi, by demanding the removal of alcohol from the shelves.
As a career politician, Ahmad Faizal's prism of life is shaped by the confines of his formative years, as a political aide, working in a government department. He lacks experience of the "real world".
The last straw for Perakians was his appointment of Fadzi Zainol (photo), from Umno-Baru, as his special adviser. Ahmad Faizal dismissed his critics and said, "... Zainol's previous experience as the state executive councillor could be utilised to strengthen the administration of the Perak government..." Really?
Zainol leap-frogged from Umno-Baru to Bersatu. Can a leopard change its spots? Can a political frog be expected to change its stripes? Ahmad Faizal will invite enemies from his own camp if he lacks faith and trust in his own coalition members. He lays himself open to criticism, as the rakyat have accused him of installing an Umno-Baru state administration, by stealth.
The state governments, under the previous Pakatan Rakyat, which won Selangor, Penang and Perak in the 2008 general election, did not invite former Umno-Baru/BN members to form part of their state administration. Has Ahmad Faizal forgotten Umno-Baru's meddling, which led to the 2009 Perak coup?
The MAPS theme park is mired in controversy. Built during the former Perak MB, Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir's administration, it cost RM520 million and is only half finished. It is expensive to run, and is dogged by intellectual property claims and low attendance.
Don't the rakyat's concerns matter?
If Zainol contributed to the decision of the previous administration to build MAPS, then his appointment, as the new MB's special advisor, is ill-advised. Claiming that Zainol's appointment had received the consent of the Perak Sultan does not wash with the public. Don't the rakyat's concerns matter? Having the open house at MAPS is not "killing two birds with one stone", as some people have suggested. The new MB is foolish to be seen to promote this failed Umno-Baru project, which is saddled with problems.
Many mega million ringgit projects in Malaysia have failed because the arrogant Umno-Baru politicians, and their cronies, think they are above the law. They spend hundreds of millions of ringgit of taxpayer's money on grand projects. Via a combination of dodgy deals, they probably siphon half of the rakyat's money into their own pockets. They care very little about details like intellectual property rights, public safety, worker's rights, attendance, publicity or regular maintenance.
These projects usually end-up being white elephants. The Perak State Development Corporation (PKNP) owns 51 percent of MAPS. So, who owns the other 49 percent? Which crony or politician's family member owns a significant number of shares in this theme park?
Perakians demand to know the reasons for the state's involvement in this theme park.
Like most Umno-Baru politicians, former MB, Dr Zambry, likes to have his pudgy fingers in every pie. Greed forces this type of politician to be a jack of all trades, and make a mess of everything they touch, so they fail to administer the state properly. Instead of cosying-up to members of the previous Umno-Baru administration, Ahmad Faizal should start by directing MACC to investigate MB Inc (Mentri Besar Incorporated).
By continuing to live in fantasy land, he risks his administration being known as a Mickey Mouse government.
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