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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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How long will Umno tolerate Azmin? - Commander S THAYAPARAN (Retired) Royal Malaysian Navy
Thursday, September 10, 2020
Malaysiakini : “Bersatu only latches on to our strength. If it had depended on PH’s strength then, it may be Umno or PAS now.” - Johor deputy liaison chief Nur Jazlan Mohamed
COMMENT | When Khairy Jamaluddin says that no one in Umno or PAS is more charismatic than the current prime minister, what he is really saying is that nobody in Umno and PAS is untainted by corruption scandals, or has alienated a certain section of the electorate like the way PAS does on a daily basis.
The reality is that Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin is the only compromise candidate that Perikatan Nasional has, notwithstanding that all bets are off if a snap election is called, or even if this plays out till the next general election. The current PM is the benign face of this motley Malay uber alles backdoor government and everyone knows it.
The problem, of course, is the treacherous Azmin Ali. Whenever Azmin and his cohorts open their mouths, it is a reminder of how we need anti-hopping laws in this country, but more importantly, how this could have been very different if Pakatan Harapan - like how the late Karpal Sigh argued - was committed to anti-party hopping measures.
Azmin’s baggage is not that he is treacherous - this does play a part, but it is not the only issue - but rather Umno is spooked because Azmin seems to slay established politicians who stamp their imprimatur on him. He played out Anwar Ibrahim and then he outplayed the old maverick. The fact that the old maverick is in the centre of the plot that brought down the Harapan government and nearly destroyed Umno, is something that the power brokers in Umno are keenly aware of.
If Dr Mahathir Mohamad had, from day one, said that he backed Anwar instead of his qualified statements, do you think all this would have happened? How could Azmin suddenly become the mastermind of the fall of Harapan?
You could argue that Mahathir did not know anything about it at all, which would make him the most oblivious prime minister this country ever had and aided by the most inept political operatives, not to mention intelligence apparatus. Of course, Umno, and God knows who else, could have been a part of this treachery, but traitors are always concerned about the treachery of others and not their own.
I have never rooted for Umno, but in this fight with Azmin, I find myself enjoying a big dollop of schadenfreude every time Umno smacks the treacherous former PKR power broker. It is not as if Umno is not used to treachery and is bringing back traitors into the fold, but this could have been a cataclysmic event for Umno if things had played out differently. Azmin's people continuously remind PN that it was them that brought down a “DAP-controlled" government and saved the day for the Malay establishment, never acknowledging it was Mahathir's "treachery" towards Umno that made this event possible.
At this moment even with his conviction, former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak has more goodwill from the grassroots of the Umno base than Mahathir. Grassroots activists tell me that Azmin carries the old maverick's stink and the idea of Umno carrying on collaborating with him is slowly reaching breaking point.
In a Reuters interview, Mahathir claimed that he was going to shove trouble down Muhyiddin's throat every single opportunity he gets, which means that the backdoor prime minister will not be able to get anything done in Parliament.
Now, of course, when has anything ever been done in Parliament? But I digress. Will this scorched earth policy work out for Harapan? And of course, will the rakyat benefit from such opposition, or will this merely firm up support for the Malay uber alles government?
The basic point of political warfare is the basis of military warfare. Taking and keeping ground. Why should Umno concede ground to Bersatu when the “ketuanan” section of the demographic are fatigued with the constant barrage of polemics of Malay-based parties demanding their vote?
As one Umno public relations apparatchik told me, Umno’s brand, while diluted, remains potent as a tried and tested vehicle for advancing the “Malay” agenda. BN secretary-general Annuar Musa said that there could be an Umno prime minister, God willing, and the reason why he says something like this is because the grassroots are murmuring that the time will come soon when the gloves have to come off when dealing with Bersatu. This is why we have Bersatu political operatives staging all these provocations against the non-Malay polity. Like PAS which uses religion, they do not understand the kind of middle ground strategies that Umno used to employ. They need crude racial and religious polemics in an attempt to reach out to a fragmented base.
The issue here is not only hearts and minds. It is also about resources and funding. Political parties are expensive. Expensive to fund and of course sustaining the base. Government positions allow a certain flow of resources, pecuniary or otherwise, that sustains grassroots level politicking. All these race and religion parties need the kind of institutional support to function. In other words, there is a scarcity of resources. It is laughable that Azmin says he is more comfortable sitting with PAS and Umno because he had more power and influence when he was in Harapan. Azmin is doing whatever it takes to buttress his fortunes in this new Malay uber alles government.
Anyone who honestly believes that there is a cordial working relationship with Umno and PAS is suffering from some sort of post-traumatic stress from the Sheraton Move. Umno and PAS do not even give him the dignity of a backdoor squabble. Instead, as reported in the press, there have been too many incidents where Azmin has said something and Umno or PAS or both have metaphorically spat in his face.
The fact that Azmin and his treacherous cohorts have nested in Bersatu and are part of the inner sanctum further encourages the narrative that Umno seats are on the chopping board too. This, of course, is not going down well with the warlords who have their own complex fiefdoms to nurture and sustain.
Bersatu is concentrating on buying time, while Umno is worried that it is running out of time.
posted by Major D Swami (Retired) @ 11:52 AM  
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