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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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Najib's game - Commander S THAYAPARAN (Retired) Royal Malaysian Navy
Wednesday, April 03, 2019
Kleptocrat in Chief
Malaysiakini : “Is there any point in public debate in a society where hardly anyone has been taught how to think, while millions have been taught what to think?” - Peter Hitchens
COMMENT | Last year, when Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo nixed the idea of state-owned media broadcasting live telecasts of former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak’s court trials, I thought the government had dodged the bullet when it came to shots fired by the media-savvy former prime minister.
Najib’s lead counsel Muhammad Shafee Abdullah thought it was a good idea, supposedly for transparency issues, for the trials to be telecast live. The reality is that since Pakatan Harapan came into power, Najib has been playing a better game with the base than Harapan political operatives whose strategy seems to be to make a martyr out of the former prime minister.
I have no idea who would sign this petition for a live telecast of Najib’s trail, but apparently, there are people out there who think that this is a good idea. I have no idea why they would think this. Keep in mind that Najib was not displaced by a Malay tsunami.
While the prime minister, the prime minister-in-waiting and numerous Harapan officials continue the strategy of attacking Najib, what they miss is that the allegations against Najib did not remove him from Umno, it did not result in a populist revolt in the Umno base, and it has not resulted in disavowal from the Umno establishment.
In leaving it to the relevant authorities, but supporting the idea of a live telecast, prime minister-in-waiting Anwar Ibrahim (below) said: "It has never happened before, but there is good in it because the rakyat deserve to know how much of the country's money was robbed."

Really? You think the rakyat aren’t aware of the corruption of the state and individuals? The more important question is, why wasn’t there a Malay tsunami since the historic Harapan win? With this in mind, is endorsing a live telecast, where Najib gets to play the victim, the best way to gain the support and trust of the base, which Umno/PAS have had more success courting?
Harapan has been successful in chipping away at Umno with the crossovers from jittery Umno political operatives, and not by legitimate means like the ballot box. I have no idea what kind of strategists are advising the Harapan political elite, but they should not be playing Najib’s game.
Maybe the ballot box isn’t such a good strategy either. Remember the Cameron Highlands by-election? This is what Lim Kit Siang (below) said: “The first national objective of the Cameron Highlands by-election is therefore for the Cameron Highlands voters to represent the nation to say three "Nos, viz No to Najib, No to Najib's political comeback and No to Najib returning to Putrajaya as prime minister.”

This misguided strategy that vilifying Najib translates to electoral gains is slowly chipping away at Harapan. Of Najib’s victory in Cameron Highlands, I wrote: “This was also a victory for PAS. The scandal surrounding Najib has also left a stink on PAS. Najib walking around and being embraced by the rural Orang Asal community is a powerful symbol to the more conservative PAS-inclined communities. It demonstrates some form of redemption, which is a narrative that PAS has been pushing ever since it hooked up with Umno.”
There are some people who think that Najib should be in an orange jumpsuit, and this, to me, is bizarre. Not that I think that alleged criminals should be treated differently, but in the current circumstances, all this would do is feed the narrative that weak Malay political operatives are conspiring with non-Malay political usurpers to further demean and humiliate a former Malay prime minister who is showing contrition, even if he has not admitted to his crimes. How do you think this plays out to the base which realises that Harapan Malay political structures desperately want their votes?
The mistake some people make is they think the Malay base is stupid. Much of this has to do with the confusing messaging when it comes to the Malay base from the Malay power structures in Harapan. On the one hand, we get the Johor MB claiming: “Since a long time ago, Malays have been frightened with the assumption that their position is under threat. This is no more than nonsensical political rhetoric propagated by those who cling onto political patronage,” and on the other a prime minister who said, "But when the rich belong to one race, and the poor, another race, the potential for conflict is much greater."
Part of this is the media's fault. Everything Najib says is newsworthy and every time he says something, there is no shortage of Harapan political operatives taking the bait and responding in the press, thus giving oxygen to a fight that only serves the former prime minister.

Ipoh Timur MP Wong Kah Woh (above) asks what Najib is afraid of when it comes to his trials for corruption as the former prime minister claims to want his trials televised, but makes numerous actions to delay his trials.
Don’t you get it Wong? Both are legitimate strategies. One is a legal strategy, the other public relations strategy. Is this so hard for you to understand? Of course, you know this. And truth be told, the Umno/PAS base also knows this.
I get that Wong is playing to his base, but the time for playing to the base is over. Harapan and its supporters are behaving like the Americans, the Democrats and their supporters when it comes to the Robert S Mueller report.
The Democrats did gangbusters in the mid-term elections, not because of the Mueller investigation, but because of healthcare. While Democrat partisans voted because of the allegations of collusion and obstruction of justice against US President Donald Trump, polling data revealed there was a shift because the healthcare issue resonated across the board.
I have only written a couple of articles on Najib since the historic Harapan win because the attention should be focused on the Harapan regime. Harapan’s continued obsession with Najib could be their downfall.
posted by Major D Swami (Retired) @ 10:04 AM  
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