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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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Dr M, Lim Guan Eng and Takiyuddin's circular firing squad - Commander S THAYAPARAN (Retired) Royal Malaysian Navy
Thursday, August 13, 2020
Malaysiakini : "That is using one's position. Positions are given to help make things easier for you. It is not for me alone. But to help you, help me too. Firstly, vote for me." - Political hopeful Wan Ahmad Fayhsal Wan Ahmad Kamal
COMMENT | De facto Law Minister Takiyuddin Hassan's claim that tycoon Lim Soon Peng had used (Pakatan Harapan) political connections to unfreeze his bank accounts, if true, is an effective strategy when it comes to the issue of political corruption in this country.
Effective in the sense that it gives the average Joe Rakyat front row seats the kind of swamp Putrajaya is. I have no idea how effective it is for political parties, either for the establishment or the opposition, beyond giving one or the other a momentary talking point, which amounts to a hill of beans in this partisan terrain.
This is the same law minister who claimed that there may have been political interference in the case of Musa Aman: “Takiyuddin had given an analogy of Musa’s case, as he hinted that the former Sabah chief minister’s case might have been reopened by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) due to 'political interference' after Pakatan Harapan won GE14.”
Of course, it is funny that he thinks that dropping all charges was an impartial endeavour, stating that: "Tan Sri Musa Aman was freed from all charges of corruption and money laundering out of justice upheld by the Perikatan Nasional government." But he seems to be oblivious to the fact that Perikatan Nasional's charges against former Penang chief minister Lim Guan Eng could be construed as politically-motivated.
Using the de facto law minister's thinking, it could be suggested that the acquittal may have been about political interference, but this does not seem to be in the mind of the PN state. And of course, anyone implying that the charges against Lim are also part of political interference is dismissed because everyone knows that the PN government is all about "upholding justice".
All this, of course, is part of the swamp that Harapan claimed it was going to drain but never did. When Harapan assumed power in Putrajaya, it became fairly obvious very quickly that the agenda of draining the swamp was shelved.
Instead, we had the bureaucracy breathing a sigh of relief that the very old guard was back in power. The trials of Najib and the ensuing media attention kept the eyes of the rakyat focused away from the agenda of change that Harapan campaigned on.
When this political interference issue first cropped up, I was offended by the response of former finance minister Lim Guan Eng to the claim that he had facilitated the freezing of the plutocrat’s account. I wrote:
“The fact that Guan Eng even chose to contact the AG about this case is highly suspect. Why didn’t he, in his capacity as the finance minister, ask the tycoon or the tycoon's minions to make representation through the proper channels and the tycoon's high-priced mouthpieces? Why didn't the finance minister simply say that it was inappropriate and suspect for representations to be made to him?”
Of course, now with the old maverick Dr Mahathir Mohamad in the mix, things get messy. When the then prime minister says that he opined that the embezzlement of the former prime minister cannot be blamed on the tycoon, that is just bizarre. You cannot blame Lim for the embezzlement, but you can blame him for profiting from the embezzlement.
After the election, Mahathir proudly proclaimed that “corruption” had been eradicated and this was one of Harapan’s achievements. The Sarawak Report in 2017, under the attention-grabbing title “We Name More Of The Recipients Of Najib's Stolen Public Money...” listed Lim as one of the numerous beneficiaries of Najib's largesse.
Malaysiakini reported that the monies were used for propaganda purposes, but this is really a small sordid point in the larger sordid history of Najib’s scandal. I have no idea how Mahathir arrived at the conclusion that Lim should not be blamed for Najib’s crimes when this was not the point of recovering the money stolen from the rakyat.
Does everyone who has benefited from Najib’s crime get to keep “stolen” money or is this just for a select few? Furthermore, the fact that Lim gave such shoddy answers to questions that an Umno minister would have been nailed to the wall for, is demonstrative of the kind of attitude that was swirling around Harapan at the time.
Referring to the opening quote that begins this piece, this is exactly the kind of backroom deals that this young man is hoping would advance him to higher levels of political power. When he says something like this to prospective voters: “How (can I help?), I can issue support letters as a deputy minister, as the youth chief and I can make a copy to Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin to strengthen (the support letters).”
Refer to this quote from the reportage: “Takiyuddin added that it had the official stamp of the prime minister, and it was signed on Dec 5, 2018. The same letter was later minuted again by Guan Eng, who Takiyuddin alleged had written to Thomas to lift the freeze on the tycoon’s account as requested by the prime minister.”
Furthermore, we have no idea of the kind of backroom deals that the PN government is making, or intends to make, with the plutocrats who sustain their political coffers and the numerous warlords who hold sway over party machinery. The idea that these kinds of malfeasance are only applicable to Harapan is as ludicrous as believing that only PN and Umno engage in this sort of behaviour.
If only these types of circular firing squads had some political consequences, instead of the binary outcomes of partisan politics. This way, at least the swamp would drain itself.
posted by Major D Swami (Retired) @ 9:46 AM  
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