“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."
We should also not absolve our Great Leader for this, he is the main culprit who imported many Sulu pirates into the state of Sabah, to erode the political power of PBS by giving them citizenship through the back doorin his lust for power, whatever the cost. These efforts by our Great Leader, must have emboldened, the Sulu pirates to take over Sabah. If that ain't chutzpah, I do not know what is. The blood of the two brave dead policemen should be on his hands too. An
issue of territorial occupation in which Malaysia should have sent in
the Army in the first place but instead due to some lame brained
and mentally challenged Ministers we expect the Police and Immigration authorities to handle it with kid gloves. Look at what happened? Leading three weeks into the controversy, it blew up in the Home
Minister's face! Will the Home Minister take responsibility for the deaths of these brave men, as he did not hand over the tasks to the Military.
The Police are not
trained to launch attacks on enemy locations, where the enemy fires
back. It is not a Bersih rally. They do not have Mortars, Artillery,
Infantry Fighting Vehicles or Special Forces skilled in Reconnaissance,
Air Force and Navy.One of the principles of attack is, "the momentum of the attack must be maintained". There will be more casualties as they did not observe this principle. I doubt the Police have any inkling of that. I guess more Policeman have to die before the sheep calls in the Military.
I have a gut feeling that the Police whose reputation in Malaysia amongst its citizens is very unpopular or rather say in the rubbish dump for all the extra judicial killings, getting involved in the Perak takeover, brutalising legal protestors, ignoring the rule of law and gross abuse of power, what better way to earn some glory in this stand off, so as to redeem themselves in the eyes of the public. Yes, to be seen as heroes. The Police should realize by now, that they have become pawns in a political game, with their lives used as stakes.
The Military knows that. It should be their job, as it is an
external threat, they are equipped and trained for this. I am sure any soldier worth his salt is raring to go. This should be
handled by the 5th Brigade Commander without sparing all the niceties.
In fact there is a Tank Regiment in Kota Belud, that would make it all the more easier, minimizing the Malaysian casualties and maximizing casualties amongst the Sulu pirates. We can even use the FGA's located in Labuan. A couple of sorties with them, followed by a mortar and artillery barrage, would be nice. After which the Infantry mounted in Stormers, accompanied by tanks can finish the job. We should use these assets which are there, instead of throwing away the lives of our brave Malaysian men. This is the Defense Minister’s baby, apparently he is AWOL and still nowhere to be seen.
A vigorous no-nonsense post, sir! Much a I detest the military solution, I recognize that until humans as a species forswear warfare and disband all armies, we must use our military defences judiciously and with great restraint. In this instance, the complete and absymal failure of our coastal security system must be candidly investigated. Once the Tausug militants landed in Sabah fully armed for battle, we really had no choice but to respond with a firm hand - with at most a 24-hour armistice to give the intruders an opportunity to leave unscathed.