“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."
Anwar plays an American right-wing politician on TV - Commander S THAYAPARAN (Retired) Royal Malaysian Navy
Monday, January 09, 2023
Malaysiakini : Of course, this is one of the problems with democracy here in
Malaysia, the propagation of “Asian values” - supported by most polities
- which cripples so-called “Western democratic norms” - which means
ideas like freedom of expression, freedom of religion, and a host of
other “individual” rights are subsumed beneath ideas like community and
group rights, which have turned toxic over the decades.
The LGBT scapegoat
days, non-Muslims of a certain religious persuasion or those enamoured
by dumb American culture wars cheerfully use right-wing talking points
across the local social media landscape, which has made the environment
even more toxic.
Never mind that it also puts the DAP in a spot
because, as a secular progressive party, DAP now has to eat loads of
manure when issues like these crop up. They understand that when Anwar
has to provide his religious and racial bona fides, the convenient
targets are Pakatan Harapan’s non-Malay power structures.
The deep Islamic state and the religious bureaucracy want the DAP to
make noise (don’t worry, they won't) because it makes the non-Malay base
and the agenda of a progressive Malaysia vulnerable to attacks, not
only from the opposition but also from within Harapan.
with the religious bureaucracy of this country that all Malay
politicians are part of, the real targets are, of course, the
progressive Muslims who vote for the opposition, simply because they do
not want a theocratic state.
But let’s face facts, some of them
would be comfortable with the ethnocracy continuing. This is why someone
like rights lawyer Siti Kassim scares the establishment. Can you
imagine the problems caused when it comes to issues like secularism and
LGBT rights if someone like Siti had the floor in Parliament?
there are many Malays who have LGBT people in their families. Check
that, every Malaysian family has LBGT people in their families. Keluarga
Malaysia, or New Malaysia, or whatever you call it, are also made up of
LGBT people. So really, you can rant away and persecute all you like
but the reality is that they are citizens of this country, and all you
can do is the fascist imperative of denying them their rights using
religious belief as equal citizens.
Now, imagine what would happen
if an elected rep like Siti normalised the idea of inclusion on a
public stage like Parliament. All those families who had shunned and
persecuted LGBT folks in their midst, especially on religious grounds,
would suddenly find that a mainstream voice was telling them that what
they were doing was hurting their communities. And this, of course,
would be the start of a chain reaction where questioning religious
figures and bodies would become the new normal. No mainstream Muslim
politician wants that.
Secularism when it suits them
why does secularism get such a bum rep with these politicians, anyway?
Remember when Harapan’s former religious czar, Mujahid Yusof Rawa, was
getting all hot around the collar when former prime minister and current
convict Najib Abdul Razak took his sumpah laknat?
said: “We do not want to be Malays whose emotions can be played with
using narrow racial and religious sentiments. I call on all the people
to trust the Federal Court. They will arrive at a decision based on
evidence and witnesses.”
Basically, Mujahid, Anwar, and all those Malay politicians were
asking the Malay polity to trust secular institutions. Mujahid went
further by questioning why Najib was dragging religion into this and chided Muslims who were emotive.
so-called defenders of the faith will use secularism when it suits
their purposes, but they then fearmonger the concept when they present
their religious bona fides. It is funny how these politicians use
secular institutions when they want to get something done and expect
everyone to have faith in these institutions but then use the
institution of religion to weaken the very institutions they ask Muslims
to have faith in. Well, not funny. Tragic!
Let us not forget that
the most successful states and where the majority polity is doing
really well because there is some accountability in secular-leaning
states, or at least states where the theocracy has not gotten its hooks
into. And the majority polity in these states like this state of affairs
and defend it at the ballot box. This is why religious extremists want
to dilute their votes even further.
And you know what causes the
most problems in these states? You guessed it, when religious extremists
attempt to disrupt the equilibrium and create all sorts of mischief to
pit people against one another using religious institutions and
demonising secular ones.
course, nobody wants to deal with the reality of unfair voter weightage
and electoral legerdemain, which also unfairly dilutes the voting power
of Muslims who believe in secularism but the political establishment
would use these secular-leaning states as a cash cow and lean into
secularism when it suits their purposes.
All of this is lost on
the younger generation of Muslim voters who do not understand that the
failing Malaysian secular state has given and has the potential to give
them more than anything these religious charlatans or anything found in
their holy texts can ever hope to give them. They will mock communism
but do not seem to understand that the real threat to capitalism here
and elsewhere is not communism but a kind of corporatism.
So, for all you religious extremists (of any religious persuasion), do not worry. Instead, keep calm and carry on.