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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.”

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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

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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Indian M'sians do not need a party to represent them - Commander S THAYAPARAN (Retired) Royal Malaysian Navy
Monday, September 10, 2018
Malaysiakini : “Whenever a man does a thoroughly stupid thing, it is always from the noblest motives.” ― Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
COMMENT | Indian Malaysians do not need a political party to look after their ‘interests’. I am not saying this in some politically correct Kool-Aid way, but rather the with the grim judgement of history backing my statement.
While the MCA may have made strategic mistakes in the way how they handled the Umno/Malay hegemon, an argument could be made that they managed to balance the expectations of Chinese Malaysians against the ketuanan ethos, laying the foundation for the community’s independence from the discriminatory ‘malaise’ system.
What do I mean by independence? I made two points in one of my earlier articles about MCA’s decline:
1. What is really destroying MCA is not DAP propaganda, but the acceptance by a large voting demographic of the Chinese community that no representation in the government is better than MCA representation.
2. Corruption, systemic discrimination, the erosion of religious freedoms and the dysfunction of public institutions have become important issues cutting across class lines, but more importantly, act as a common ground for a certain section of the voting public looking for an alternative – any alternative – to Umno-BN.
The first point is not new to Indian Malaysians. MIC was more of a force of subjugation for the community rather than the unintended emancipatory role that MCA played.
The reality is that the Indian community is neither a potent economic or electoral force when it comes to determining the political process in this country.
While the original Hindraf movement managed to galvanise the Malaysian political scene, much to the consternation and protestation of the mainstream political class, it fizzled out for numerous reasons, and become a mockery of its original intentions.
In mainstream Malaysian politics, Indian representatives are reminded not to make noise because they are beholden to Chinese and Malay votes to sustain their political careers. Since I do not want to prolong old feuds, I won’t cite the numerous times, political operatives have made this clear in numerous tweets and speeches.
But if this is indeed the case, what is the point of having an Indian political party? Minister in the Prime Minister's Department P Waythamoorthy’s (photo below) announcement of a new Indian political party could not come at a worse time. Not to mention what a dumb idea it is for the minister in charge of national unity and social wellbeing to lead a race-based party with no purpose except the dodgy agenda of uplifting the Indian community.
Can you imagine the fireworks between Pakatan Harapan Indian political operatives and this newly formed Indian party? Isn't there enough infighting between the various political fiefdoms in the Harapan establishment without having the Indian issue become a flashpoint for disunity?
Hard truths
While the current Harapan grand poohbah claims that it is time for the Malays to face some hard truths, the same could be said for anyone attempting to profit from MIC's political demise.
But you know what really bugs me? Whenever these Indian political operatives claim to want to set up parties and organisations to look after the interests of the Indian Malaysians, it is the community which is vilified online.
You really think that after decades of MIC and various groups claiming to represent them, the disenfranchised among the Indian community have not learned that mainstream establishment politics have no interest in their welfare?
They understand that racial and religious politics, either from the then-opposition or the former Umno establishment, are part of the systemic discrimination they face.
So when political operatives talk about the ‘Indian community’, what they’re really talking about – or what they should be talking about – is a specific subgroup (maybe even a specific sub-ethnic group) who are disenfranchised.
Human Rights Party’s P Uthayakumar (photo) has made this point many times before, and this whole idea of ‘Indian representation’ is a political red herring designed to further the interests of specific groups along racial lines.
I have written about this here – “Besides in the realpolitik sense when people talk about Indians, who they are really talking about is the disenfranchised in the Indian community. The urban educated class, most probably opposition-leaning, have very little interest in the community beyond the usual confluence of religion and other festivities. Furthermore, as a community, there are divisions along religious lines – Christian and Hindu – and of course, sub-ethnic groups, which sometimes translate into political affiliations.
How can you help the disenfranchised of the Indian community? Anyone who makes the claim that we should “help everybody” and not look at the race, are the biggest buffoons in this racialised political setting and should be ignored.
As long as Bersatu and its enablers are around, the ‘Bangsa Malaysia’ Kool-Aid should not be used as an excuse not to have specific racial programmes targeted at disenfranchised minority groups.
I once wrote about how MIC could have helped the disenfranchised of the Indian community: “As the smallest faction in the power-sharing community, MIC could have done so much for the disenfranchised in the Indian community who were their base. The fact that the Indian community is scattered all over the country was an advantage.
The MIC could have strategically tailored their welfare programmes to individual states, and come up with a coherent strategy to solves issues facing the Indian community in a holistic manner, because the base is small.”
If establishment political operatives really want to help the disenfranchised among the Indian community, this is not such an immense hurdle to overcome. There are many committed grassroots-level groups operating on the premise that the disenfranchised are emancipated through education and technical skills. This is the key.
All this talk of creating another political party is just another way to create BN redux. It reinforces the idea that the only comfortable narrative is that of each race being represented in the political process.
Disenfranchised minorities know this for the lie that it is.
posted by Major D Swami (Retired) @ 9:27 AM  
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