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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
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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Was it NOT built on the blood of other civilizations??
Tuesday, October 01, 2019
Mahathir calls for revival of great Islamic civilisation.What exactly was the islamic civilization? . Yeah bring on the hate of Non Muslims. Especially your hate of Jews and Christians, condoned by your belief system. Whatever happened to the Jews of Saudi Arabia, were they not exterminated by your fellow believers?
Tun, was there ever a great islamic civilization?. People who plunder, murder, burn, enslave others and destroy other nations in the name of Islam are CIVILISED ??? Dont forget your forefathers were Hindus and they were most probably asked to convert or face death. That's what happened in India. Islam is just an excuse. It has never changed, has it? Its still the same here in Malaysia.
Name one prosperous, free, innovative nation that embraces islam as its driving force. islamic civilization? I can only see the destroyed civilizations of others, on which the so called islamic civilization was built on, their bones crushed and their blood spilled for 1,400 years, hundreds of millions killed and still ongoing. They are the Genocidal conquerors of Byzantine built on the blood of millions of Christians?
What about the Armenian Genocide? They slaughtered Armenian Christians, Greek Christians and Assyrian Christians and erasing all presence of them there. The Hagia Sophia a Christian Cathedral, being turned into mosque. Negating history is a culture that Muslims adhere to. What India suffered under Islam is a 100 times worse than this.
Vijay 47 : Your proposal for the restoration of Islamic Civilisation for the world to enjoy the wisdom and benevolence of Muslim glory would certainly look impressive on your CV, Prime Minister Mahathir. But in your odyssey to attain purity of religious supremacy, perhaps you could also keep in mind simpler approaches to earn the grace, pahala, and punyam that adherents of all faiths seek.
Typical of most Islamic leaders, et tu Mahathir blames others for the contemptible shameful depths of violence that Muslim nations generally inflict on each other, it is never your fault. And that you include Pakistan in your triumvirate of splendor is laughable at best, the only surprise being that you did not also list Sudan, Somalia, and Yemen.
Focusing on the trappings of power and disregarding the oppressed individual only reminds us of sheer hypocrisy.
In your fervor to heal the world, Mahathir, you have forgotten the plight of a mother whose tragedy best represents what you, Najib Razak, Khalid Abu Bakar, Mohamad Fuzi Harun, and Abdul Hamid Bador are capable of even as you make lofty sermons. It is unbelievable that you would allow the continued injustice and torture Indira Gandhi is made to suffer each day.
That you simultaneously venerate a renegade from Mumbai’s slums is beneath comment.
You might yet learn that trumpeting religion ad nauseam may not be the preferred divine path; it is telling to note that Erdogan honoured you for only your “efforts to develop Malaysia and also strengthen Malaysia-Turkey bilateral ties”.
A final quote, from the Bible, “
Repent, the end is nigh.” The murders,plunders, forced conversions,enslavement and destruction and plunder of its temples are just horrendous and inhuman, during the conquest of India by Muslim hordes. The chutzpah is that they sanitize Jihad butchery of people long before them as the birth of the Islamic Civilization.
VS Naipaul : Islam, he claimed, had both enslaved and attempted to wipe out other cultures."It has had a calamitous effect on converted peoples. To be converted you have to destroy your past, destroy your history. You have to stamp on it, you have to say 'my ancestral culture does not exist, it doesn't matter'."Sir Vidia claimed what he called "this abolition of the self demanded by Muslims was worse than the similar colonial abolition of identity. It is much, much worse in fact... You cannot just say you came out of nothing."
He argued that Pakistan was the living proof of the damage Islam could wreak.
"The story of Pakistan is a terror story actually. It started with a poet who thought that Muslims were so highly evolved that they should have a special place in India for themselves.
"This wish to sift countries of unnecessary and irrelevant populations is terrible and this is exactly what happened in Pakistan."
posted by Major D Swami (Retired) @ 11:37 PM
What a biased history analysis you provided. Was your own mind clouded with emotions as to not done a proper research? Your article ignores the devastation of jews and muslim living in Spain, having to deal with barbaric The Inquisition. Were not Christians also spilled so much blood? How about the massacre of natives in new conquered lands of Spanish Kingdom, who hailed themselves as protector of Catholic Church? The massacre of Sarajevo by Serbian Christian armies, and now their generals are being trialed for crimes against humanity?
You don't even know about Islamic Golden Age in Andalusia in Spain in 9th century. The scientists there at the time contributed to science as well, just that you are being ignorant on that matter.
And you obviously did not know that jews in the past preferred to live in muslim kingdoms rather than the christians' since there would be more persecution in Christian lands
Either you are dumb or idiot...
You see Muslims love to take what is NOT theirs to take. The Umayyad conquest of Hispania, also known as the Muslim conquest of the Iberian Peninsula or the Umayyad conquest of the Visigothic Kingdom, was the initial expansion of the Umayyad Caliphate over Hispania (in the Iberian Peninsula) from 711 to 788. The conquest resulted in the destruction of the Visigothic Kingdom and the establishment of the independent Emirate of Córdoba under Abd ar-Rahman I (ruled 756–788), who completed the unification of the Muslim-ruled areas (known as al-Andalus). The conquest marks the westernmost expansion of both the Umayyad Caliphate and Muslim rule into Europe.
During the caliphate of the Umayyad Caliph Al-Walid I, forces led by Tariq ibn Ziyad disembarked in early 711 in Gibraltar at the head of an army consisting of Berbers from north Morocco. After defeating the Visigothic usurper Roderic at the decisive Battle of Guadalete, Tariq was reinforced by an Arab force led by his superior wali Musa ibn Nusair and continued northward. By 717, the combined Arab-Berber force had crossed the Pyrenees into Septimania. They occupied further territory in Gaul until 759. Read the whole thing here : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Umayyad_conquest_of_Hispania
The Muslims made two attempts to conquer Europe , which they failed misrably. The massacre of Sarajevo by Serbian Christian armies, well Muslim descendants were left there who imposed their values on the Christians over the centuries. The Devshirme came up out of the kul system of slavery that developed in the early centuries of the Ottoman Empire and which reached this final development during the reign of Sultan Bayazit I. The origin of the kuls was mostly prisoners from war, hostages or slaves that were purchased by the state. An early Greek source mentioning devshirme (paidomazoma in Greek) is a 1395 speech of the Archbishop Isidore of Thessalonica. The speech meant to comfort the parents of young boys abducted after orders of sultan Bayezid I.
The Ottoman Empire, beginning with Murad I, felt a need to "counteract the power of (Turkic) nobles by developing Christian vassal soldiers and converted kapıkulları as his personal troops, independent of the regular army." The elite forces, which served the Ottoman Sultan directly, were divided into two main groups: cavalry and infantry.[b] The cavalry was commonly known as the Kapıkulu Süvari (The Cavalry of the Servants of the Porte) and the infantry were the popular Yeni Çeri (transliterated in English as Janissary), meaning "the New Corps". It was revenge https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Devshirme
Finally Islam is very late in History!!
Remember ISIS was exterminating people of different beliefs? That was what happened in the 7th Century, massive extermination campaigns against people who were there long before there was Islam, they refused to believe. Sadly the Jews of Medina were wiped out.
The Myth of the Andalusian paradise. Muslim Spain - The Myth of the Andalusian Paradise: Muslims, Christians, and Jews under Islamic Rule in Medieval Spain, by Dario Fernandez-Morera. Here is a long interview with the author of the Myth of the Andalusian paradise. Watch video here : https://www.7rangers.com/2019/10/the-myth-of-andalusian-paradise.html
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