“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."
COMMENT | An insult and affront to the man who fought apartheid By R Nadeswaran
Tuesday, September 06, 2022
Malaysiakini : We then have to wonder how people from these countries Zwelivelile
included would react to jailed former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak
being compared to the great anti-apartheid campaigner.
his son Mohd Nizar Najib compared his father’s imprisonment to that of
Nelson’s experience, saying that he would rise above the challenges
similar to what the South African anti-apartheid leader did.
How do you compare a statesperson who stood up against an oppressive regime with a thief who plundered the nation’s wealth?
fought for the end of apartheid and his work inspired and continues to
inspire others to stand up against oppression and fight for freedom.
will Najib be remembered for? He was already described as “kleptocracy
at its worst” by former US attorney-general Jeff Sessions, and by The Economist as a “brazen kleptocrat”. At home, the Court of Appeal described him as a “national embarrassment”.
claim that the RM2.6 billion was a donation from the Arab royal family
was not sustained, even in a court of law. Even his then deputy prime
minister, Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, who claimed he met the Arab donor, was
never called as a witness for the defence.
Conducting its largest
ever kleptocracy investigation, the US Department of Justice (DoJ) said
billions were diverted to offshore bank accounts and shell companies,
many linked to Najib’s associate and friend Low Taek Jho, better known
as Jho Low.
As of March 3 this year, 1MDB debts stood at RM38.5
billion, of which RM6.5 billion was in interest alone. Malaysians will
continue to pay for Najib’s follies for a long, long time.
Against this background, how could Najib be likened to Nelson? The
latter was an idol and father figure for billions of people while Najib
would certainly not be idolised except by the sycophants and cronies who
were adequately compensated for their roles in what can be said as the
darkest days of the nation.
What’s next, Rosmah and Theresa?
this is not the first time Najib attempted to put himself on the same
plinth as Nelson. In December 2013, he said Umno was fighting for the
“same cause” as the South African leader.
While the partisan crowd
would have applauded and swallowed that hook, line, and sinker, writer
Kee Tuan Chye poo-poohed the monologue with this stinker: What same
cause? Nelson fought against racial discrimination, whereas Umno
institutionalised racial discrimination a few decades ago and still
upholds it. Nelson never advocated black supremacy, whereas Umno
promotes Ketuanan Melayu (Malay supremacy), he wrote.
MP Charles Santiago aptly put the comparative statement by Nizar: “Oh
gosh. I want to vomit. Where did this guy get his education? Comparing
freedom fighter (Nelson) Mandela with thief Najib is a crime!
stood up for empowerment and democracy. The latter stole from the
country to buy jewellery. A stupid way to rewrite history.”
no secret that Nizar will replace his father as the candidate for the
Parliamentary constituency of Pekan. He may have put his foot in the
mouth but there will be those who will be convinced that like Nelson,
Najib will rise from the dumps.
He would have certainly drawn
bigger applause from the majority of Malaysians if he had drawn
similarities with Ferdinand Marcos of the Philippines, or Robert Mugabe
of Zimbabwe, or Sani Abacha of Nigeria.
Would Nizar compare his
mum Rosmah to Mother Theresa? He needs to be reminded that if he ever
does any more of his comparisons, he must compare apples to apples and
not apples to oranges, or any other fruit.