Articles, Opinions & Views: Why sign a statement anonymously? - Commander S THAYAPARAN (Retired) Royal Malaysian Navy


 
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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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Why sign a statement anonymously? - Commander S THAYAPARAN (Retired) Royal Malaysian Navy
Thursday, May 20, 2021

Russian Model as Palestinian Child Killed But Still Alive

Malaysiakini : “Propaganda serves more to justify ourselves than to convince others; and the more reason we have to feel guilty, the more fervent our propaganda.” - Eric Hoffer, 'The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements'.

COMMENT | On May 16, why did opposition MPs sign a letter meant to highlight the cause of Palestinians promising a myriad of policy initiatives that were unworkable for various reasons (refer to R Nadeswaran's excellent piece) and did so under the cover of anonymity?

Furthermore, calling for the boycott without having the gumption to carry out such policies (for oftentimes logical reasons) merely makes a mockery of the plight of the Palestinians and provides ammunition for those who claim that supporters of the cause are insincere.

All of this was done under the cover of anonymity and published in a mainstream news platform under the heading 'MP Speaks', which has been a platform for various political operatives across the political divide and serves as a direct conduit between an elected representative and the public he or she serves.

This last part is important because it means that elected representatives would be judged by their actions based on the words they claim define their agenda. 

What this means is that those MPs who signed this letter would be judged on their fidelity to the Palestinian cause by how they carried out this agenda in Parliament, but more importantly how they advocated redefining international and local partnerships based on the agenda of ending Israel’s apartheid policies.

I have no idea what these MPs meant by one of their demands of sending a peace envoy to Gaza. Do these people who signed this letter even understand what this entails? Do they understand what this means internationally when Malaysia has been a hotbed of anti-Semitic rhetoric by a former prime minister and mainstream Malaysian politicians?

Israeli airstrike on Gaza, May 18

This would also mean that the credibility of these MPs would be based on their record of rejecting systemic inequalities and apartheid-like policies wherever and whenever they encountered them. After all, you do not endorse a letter of such political and economic magnitude without having the cajones to back up your speech.

Or maybe you do.

I despise it whenever political operatives reduce issues to talking points and attempt to profit (politically) from international causes which cost them very little in political capital but merely serve to reinforce certain narratives and policy decisions based on nothing more than racial and religious agendas.

Dig a little deeper

By not signing their names to this letter, these opposition MPs have demonstrated that they are reluctant to publicly endorse policy initiatives because they know that it is either unfeasible or because it is damaging to the country's economic interests.

The only reason they signed it was because they wanted to take a position without actually having to defend it. All of this was merely a sandiwara to fulfil certain propagandistic obligations when it comes to sustaining mainstream political narratives with regard to the Palestinian issue.

And, of course, some of these “opposition MPs'' are worried about attaching their names to this letter. The discourse in this country falls not along ideological lines but rather racial and religious ones. 

The politically correct narrative is that we should all support the Palestinian cause but dig a little deeper and you will discover that many use the Palestinian quagmire as a proxy for their grievances against race and religion-based policies of this country.

Human rights lawyer Siti Kasim

When the special envoy to the Middle East Abdul Hadi Awang claims that non-Muslims should be “Pak Turut" decrying the loss of human rights of the Palestinians, not only is this hypocritical, it also points to the deeper divisions in this country which affect how we coalesce as a nation around specific issues.

The always provocative Siti Kasim said it best when it comes to this issue in a series of tweets:

“In Malaysia, it is selective humanity. The plight of a Palestinian is greater than that of an Afghan or a Yemeni. The killing of a Palestinian evokes more compassion than the gunning down of schoolgirls in Afghanistan.”

And when it came to the fact that a Hamas operative was trained here, she tweeted: “I guess nobody will be outraged with this revelation except people like me who think Hamas should not be supported. They are part of the problem with the suffering of the Palestinians and the Jews.”

Of course, this type of ideas is not part of the official and politically correct establishment narrative. What is are letters signed by these anonymous MPs, who hide behind their anonymity while reinforcing state narratives because they do not want to face public scrutiny and accountability for their words or actions.

Whatever your stand on this issue, this should be of concern to you. I admire politicians who stand by their views even when they know they are going to get hammered for them and even though they are advancing mainstream narratives.

What these MPs did was disingenuous. They did a great disservice to the cause they purportedly support, but you have to understand that these are just empty words that they could not be bothered to attach their names to. The Palestinians have the right to self-determination, but unfortunately, their cause and narrative are always conflated with issues that detract from their struggles.

What is needed is sincerity and not more political bromides.

posted by Major D Swami (Retired) @ 4:22 PM  
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