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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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Umno's fixation with DAP will be the doom of M'sia - Commander S THAYAPARAN (Retired) Royal Malaysian Navy
Monday, August 24, 2020
Vgeorgemy : MN wants to implement modern dhimmi social and legal justice system for those who are not in their liking. Such aspiration unified UMNO, PAS and the treacherous elements in Berstau even when they all are very much different in their theological and political understanding.
The modern dhimmi system denies the advanced social, legal and economic justice system that guarantees equitable distribution of public wealth and funds for the needy population without the consideration of race and religion. PAS’s RU355, Bersatu’s associated membership for non-Malays and UMNO’s exclusivity of race by excluding Sabha UMNO from the peninsula UMNO are all the part of such scheming. These guys (MN) considers DAP is the stumbling block to implement their version of the Dhimmi system in Malaysia. So they are unified to attack DAP till it caves in.
Malaysiakini : “True goal of totalitarian propaganda is not persuasion, but organisation of the polity. ... What convinces masses are not facts, and not even invented facts, but only the consistency of the system of which they are presumably part.”– Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism
COMMENT | I have no idea how effective Bersatu will be when it formally joins the Muafakat Nasional coalition because getting entangled in a spider's web does not seem like an effective political stratagem. Umno Youth, which has traditionally been the attack dog for the hegemon, has cited five compelling reasons why Bersatu’s entry would cause unease in the grassroots.
Take what Youth chief Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki (above) said was one of the reasons why the grassroots were upset with Bersatu joining the coalition – "... the demeaning statements made by Bersatu leaders in the past when still part of the Harapan government.” Asyraf used the example of the current prime minister bad-mouthing Umno, but what is really important is that Bersatu leaders had openly admitted to using the DAP as a punching bag like what a Bersatu member, and now Pejuang (is that the new name?) member, did when he said this:
"Looking at Umno, when there were big issues which we could not address, we would talk about DAP, Chinese chauvinism and how Lim Kit Siang becoming prime minister would destroy Malaysia, that the Malays would disappear, and the mosques can no longer air the azan. "I admit that I too have said such things, in front of a 100 percent Malay audience. Thinking back, I feel guilty and a sense of regret," Mukhriz Mahathir (photo) told Malaysiakini in an interview.
Asyraf forgets that before Umno and PAS decided to desperately cling together, Umno over the decades had said horrible things about PAS. This is why Umno had to do all those roadshows, which was a form of mea culpa, to placate the PAS grassroots. The raison d'etre of Muafakat National seems to be the continuing demonisation of the DAP. Umno’s Ahmad Maslan made that abundantly clear with his clarion call to Umno members when he said of the coalition:
“Kita tidak mahu DAP memerintah semula. Kekuatan DAP ini ialah kepada perpecahan Melayu. DAP tidak ada sebarang kekuatan jika Melayu berpadu dan Melayu ingin bersatu dalam MN. Jadi kita perlu rasional dan menerima segalanya.”
Of course, this is not true. The DAP, as usual, is the excuse that Umno has used for decades, especially when it was in peril, which the Umno Youth leader does not want to acknowledge but Mukhriz did, as did the old maverick and numerous Malay leaders when they were in the opposition.
The DAP, of course, is still the main punching bag for the Malay establishment as defined by Umno. The Sheraton Move was a godsend to Umno. It redefined the narrative of a failing political hegemon and reinforced the narrative that Umno is the lynchpin to whatever Malay uber alles coalition comes into being.
Every Umno, PAS and any other Malay establishment figures know that demonising the DAP is propaganda. They know that every time something goes wrong with their policies or to cover their behinds when it comes to the infighting in their political parties, blaming the DAP is an effective strategy that will distract from their failings.
The DAP can take cold comfort in the fact that whatever political wounds it self-inflicts will always be overshadowed by the virulent attacks against it by Umno and the Malay establishment. This is damaging to the country, but makes it easier to rally the political base.
The DAP is in a difficult position. On the one hand, in the social media scene, it has the support of anonymous netizens who, more often than not, do more damage to the DAP's agenda than the politicians who control the levers of power in this country.
For decades the agenda of the Malay political hegemony has been the creation of a monolith Malay polity. This obviously has failed. The continued existence of PAS, the various schisms over the decades of Umno, but most importantly, the ejection of the charismatic Anwar Ibrahim from Umno paradise points to a polychromatic Malay polity.
The one constant has always been that the DAP has been the target, the excuse as to why the “Malays” are not united. Umno conflates the point that the DAP has benefited from a diverse Malay polity with the idea that the DAP engineers the political schisms within the Malay political establishment.
As someone who has argued that the DAP could not organise an orgy in a brothel, this idea that the DAP has any influence in the Malay polity, or even in the Malay establishment, is ahistorical and ridiculous. Indeed, what the DAP has demonstrated is that when backed with Malay power structures, they instinctively fill the mould of any other compliant non-Malay power brokers operating in the Malay establishment.
During its brief stint in power, what rational people remember of the DAP are the numerous times it let down the base to support the political machinations of Malay power structures – weak Malay power structures, I might add – to the detriment of the base. In fact, non-Malays were lectured by the DAP on the virtue of pragmatism and every time the DAP folded, the “base” was told to suck it up.
As I discussed in "A Malay Malaysia", citing Syed Husin Ali's comments about an eventual class conflict within the Malay community if they were the only “race” in this country:
“Why do you think the disenfranchised and the working class are prey to Islamic extremists? Why do you think Islamic extremists find ample opportunity to recruit in academic institutions? The answer is because young, disenfranchised people slowly awaken to the fact that the system screws them over, while rich people are not subject to the same laws as them.”
All Umno will do, with this propaganda, is hasten the demise of middle ground Malaysian politics and this will doom Malaysia.
posted by Major D Swami (Retired) @ 1:11 PM  
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