“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”
General Douglas MacArthur"
“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, there is only attack and attack and attack some more.
“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."
What’s wrong with Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan? - P Gunasegaram
Tuesday, August 09, 2022
Malaysiakini : Did China’s president Xi Jinping think that by making such threats he
could stop the world’s most powerful country from exercising its
legitimate right to visit what is effectively an independent nation of
23 million people with which the US has had very long historical links
buttressed by an alignment of economic interests dating back many
Look at this warning
issued by China days before Pelosi’s visit. "If the US insists on going
down the wrong path, China will definitely take resolute and forceful
measures to firmly defend its national sovereignty and territorial
integrity," ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian told a news conference.
"The United States must be fully responsible for all the consequences
caused by this."
That is a barely disguised threat of even
violence if Pelosi went ahead with the visit and to think that the US
would buckle to such a threat is great folly indeed. What if China, in a
face-saving gesture, resorted to violence? What if Pelosi’s plane was
shot down? Imagine the consequences.
Xi could even contemplate something like that indicates that his quest
for international power and recognition, which includes regular
incursions into areas in the South China Sea controlled by countries
such as Vietnam, Thailand, Philippines and even Malaysia, can get quite
His handling of Covid-19 and his bizarre zero-Covid policy has come under severe criticism
by no less than the World Health Organisation or WHO. It has caused
economic and other hardship to over 60 million people and part of the
reason may be the reluctance to use more effective Western-produced
vaccines instead of the less effective Chinese ones.
increasing xenophobia of anything Western and seeming urge to position
China at the helm of world power before its time can cause problems.
Taiwan is a rather unusual situation which has to be dealt with
One-party state for 40 years
of the island - at one time called Formosa - with associated smaller
ones, passed back and forth between nations such as Portugal,
Netherlands and Japan without any large Chinese population on the
island. Japan seized it after the Sino-Japanese war of 1895, ceding
control to China after the Second World War.
According to Wikipedia, an account
which can easily be corroborated elsewhere, in 1949, after losing
control of mainland China in the Chinese civil war, the Kuomintang
government withdrew to Taiwan and its leader Chiang Kai-shek declared
martial law, beginning the era of some form of ethnic Chinese control.
Kuomintang ruled Taiwan as a single-party state for 40 years until
democratic reforms in the 1980s, which led to the first-ever direct
presidential election in 1996. During the post-war period, Taiwan
experienced rapid industrialisation and economic growth known as the
"Taiwan Miracle", and was known as one of the "Four Asian Tigers".
the communist victory in China in 1949, Taiwan effectively represented
China in the UN Security Council which was set up in 1945 with the
formation of the United Nations. With four others - the US, France,
Britain and the Soviet Union - Taiwan had veto powers on UN decisions.
This was a ridiculous piece of injustice given that Taiwan was taken to
be a representative of all of China.
That changed in October 1971,
when Resolution 2758 was passed by the UN General Assembly and "the
representatives of Chiang Kai-shek" (and thus the ROC) were expelled
from the UN and replaced as "China" by the PRC (People's Republic of
China). In 1979, the United States switched recognition from Taipei to
Beijing, says Wikipedia.
some 22 years, Taiwan wrongly represented China at the United Nations
wielding way too much power than it actually had - control of a small
island off the coast of China and less than 20 million people instead of
China’s colossal land mass and over one billion people even then.
such is international diplomacy. If the world capitulates to China’s
claim that Taiwan, independent for nearly three quarters of a century,
should become part of China, it will be perpetuating yet another
instance of severe injustice.
The truth of the matter is that
Taiwan has now been independent from 1949, a period of 73 years - it has
its own administration, its own government and, since 1996, its own
elections. It has a population of 23 million people and has a strong and
dynamic economy and is the world’s largest producer of semiconductor
If it is to return to China now, common sense - sadly
lacking in international diplomacy - and basic human rights dictate that
it should be done via a public referendum which reflects the will of
the people. Otherwise, the international community should leave it well
alone. Just because President Xi, a despot who has declared himself
president for life of China, wants it to be part of China, it should not
Doing what’s best for M’sia
countries such as Malaysia, caught between two spheres of influence,
it’s a rather delicate situation, to say the least. We should keep all
our options and defend our sovereign right to make decisions which are
best for our country and people.
We should take care not to
capitulate to either Chinese or Western interests but act to further our
own interests. We should resist all attempts to interfere in our
internal affairs, especially in politics, but also in the economic
sphere where there have been rather blatant attempts by China to support
a corrupt leadership as I explained here and here.
Organisations and people like the MCA and our special envoy
to China should refrain from making statements which are prejudicial to
the national interest by supporting China’s stand. We don’t need to get
caught in that argument.
It is right that our foreign minister has explained
that these views don’t represent those of the nation. Pelosi has a
right to visit Malaysia and to visit Taiwan, which for all practical
purposes is an independent nation.
There is nothing wrong with
Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan - it's a meeting of old, long-standing friends.
Let’s maintain a guarded perspective over this issue and not be
needlessly influenced by either side.