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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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Nazi-salute, Chin Peng’s ashes, reap what you sow - Commander S THAYAPARAN (Retired) Royal Malaysian Navy
Saturday, November 30, 2019
Hate for Jews and Christians
Malaysiakini : "The graduate also supported the actions of the Nazi regime and the holocaust, which claimed the lives of six million Jews." – Universiti Malaysia Sabah graduate.
COMMENT | While I reject the revisionist interpretation of Chin Peng’s legacy – some people have the audacity to call security service personnel who fought the Communist Party of Malaya as “collaborators” – I see no rational argument for the state security apparatus to “investigate” those who brought his ashes back.
Some folks have said that if we accept Islamic State (IS) returnees, why not Chin Peng’s ashes? This is problematic for various reasons and misses the point. Chin Peng’s ashes have nothing to do with the danger these IS returnees bring. A better comparison would be how Malaysia deals with different Malaysian legacies.
Now, I am not going into the historical minutiae of the value of – better or worse –  Chin Peng to nation-building but what I want people to understand is the way how Malay political hegemons use legacies to control the narrative.
Chin Peng’s legacy is useful to demonise the Chinese community and further the bogus “communist narrative” as how the Indian community is saddled with the “LTTE narrative”. Chin Peng’s ashes became a convenient talking point for not only Pakatan Harapan but also agents of the fascist state to attack the non-Malay power structures.

The legacy is important. By denying Chin Peng’s ashes to return, the state not only denies the sub-altern history of this country but also those hands which shaped nation-building. The complex non-Malay narrative is simplified for political purposes to justify racists policies and non-Malay power structures have to play along.
Nowhere is this more evident in the burial of Islamic terrorists who have caused death and misery overseas but who are buried peacefully in this country. A good example would be the religious extremist Azahari Husin.
In 2005, Azahari, who was known locally as the “Demolition Man”, was killed by Indonesian security forces and his body brought back for a traditional Muslim burial in his Malacca hometown. Azahari was an extremely efficient terrorist and he managed to leave in his wake murder and devastation that had security forces in the region on his trail for some time before finally managing to kill him in his hideout.
As usual, colleagues of this former UTM lecturer had no idea of the dangerous individual in their midst. All they saw, or what he wanted them to see, was a benign lecturer who was incapable of the mass murders through bomb-making that security forces have pinned on him.
As reported in Aljazeera: “Azahari will always have friends here. We shouldn't be asked to believe what is written about him in the newspapers," a man, who identified himself only as Yusrisaid.
“We shouldn't be asked to believe what is written about him in the newspapers.” Keep this line in mind when you vent about the USM student who gave a Nazi salute during his recent convocation. Mahathir’s bigotry when it comes to disputing the numbers murdered in the Shoah is evidence of the mainstream anti-Semitism in this country. This student is nothing more than the product of this anti-Semitism.
The fact that many Muslims use the Palestinian issue as a convenient cover for their anti-Semitism is well documented. Just like how they accuse non-Malays of being communist or LTTE sympathisers, the idea is to mark a segment of the Malaysian community as outsiders.
This young punk has probably read racist Western anti-Semitic narratives by the “alt-right” – can we just call them racist nut jobs – not realising that he would probably be on their hit list if they ever came into power. It never ceases to amaze me how local agitators use the literature of Western bigots and racists in their propaganda. It's extremely lazy if you ask me.
When the Najib regime allowed Israel to participate in a UN event in this country, it was PKR and Amanah that went on anti-semitic rants. They wanted to know if Malaysia is having an “affair” with Israel.
The cherry on the horse manure cake was when Amanah’s Raja Kamarul Bahrin Shah said, "Or is (Prime Minister) Najib (Abdul Razak) so eager to follow in the footsteps of the Saudi Arabian government which reportedly has close ties to Israel?”
Really, Saudi Arabia? The country which has since conceded that it has intentionally supported radical Muslim groups all around the world is now the whipping boy for Islamists wanting to outdo each in domestic politics? Isn't it strange how Amanah and PAS sound so much alike?
That’s the problem with the mainstream Islamic narrative in this country. On the one hand, you have the religious bureaucracy funded by our tax ringgit using the Palestinian issue to further anti-Jewish narratives and, on the other, we have the prime minister of this country who lectures Israel for being an apartheid state when domestic policies are based on racial imperatives.
Does anyone really think that this “communist" and LTTE narratives are not going to have a blowback? Does anyone really think that a Nazi-saluting student, who supports the Nazi atrocities during the Shoah, is merely an aberration which does not have a lasting impact on this country?
The state security apparatus recently foiled lone wolf attacks by religious fanatics who were using the death of fireman Adib as justification for mass murder, how long do you think that foreign operators would influence local extremists to go after communities demonised by the politicians and hounded by state security apparatus?
Just recently, the home minister said that regional intelligence services were aware that Southeast Asia had become the new theatre of operations for terror groups. Anyone who reads my columns would know that I have been pointing this out for years, citing trends in open-sourced articles, published intelligence reports from think tanks which, more often than not, acts as proxies for intelligence cartels and interviews with sources from regional intelligence services.

Keep in mind that this is a country where a mainstream preacher like Perlis mufti Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin (photo, above) had said he was looking for a candidate like Saddam Hussin to unite the Malay/Muslim polity.
And, of course, the prime minister warned we may get a Hitler (if we choose wrongly) even though he disputes the numbers murdered in the Shoah.
Malaysia may just get one.
posted by Major D Swami (Retired) @ 2:41 PM  
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