“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."
The Islamic Republic: Shaken to its Core by Hugh Fitzgerald
Friday, September 30, 2022
Front Page Magazine : On September 13, in Tehran, Iran, the Morality Police took Mahsa
Amini, a 22-year-old Kurdish woman, into custody for incorrectly tying
her hijab. Eyewitnesses said they saw her being beaten with a baton as
she was shoved into a van.
Three days later, she was dead. The police
announced that she had died of a heart attack; her family was quick to
say that Amini was in perfect health. At once protests prompted by her
death began in Tehran and in the Kurdish cities, led by women who pulled
off, and then ripped up or burned, their hated hijabs, and symbolically
cut off their hair. And the protests that began with fury over the
Morality Police have spread, and new grievances have been added.
Those protests quickly spread to more than two dozen other cities,
including Mashhad and Isfahan, in twenty provinces across the country.
The police have tried to quell them, deploying at first tear gas and
water cannon, and then birdshot and metal pellets, but for several days
now they have been using live fire. Nearly 80 people, among the
protesters, have now been killed by the police.
And there are reports
that dozens of police, too, have been killed or wounded. The protesters
have become increasingly violent, burning cars, busses, and fire
engines, and destroying billboards showing the Supreme Leader. They have
set fire to a base of the feared Basij militia on Ferdowsi Street in
downtown Tehran. A police commander has been killed by the protesters,
and dozens of other police wounded by them.
The government has ended Internet service in parts in Tehran, and
ended access to WhatsApp and Telegram. Despite this, the protesters
still manage somehow to meet up and come out in force, and in ever
larger numbers, across the country.
On Friday, September 23, groups of government-sponsored
counter-protesters turned out in several cities, shouting “Death to
Israel” and “Death to Israel and America,” as if somehow “foreign
enemies” were behind these entire home-grown protests. The
counter-protesters, following the script the government supplied,
chillingly called for the execution of protesters.
If this was intended
to scare the protesters into silence, it hasn’t worked, but appears only
to have energized them. In fact, soon after those government-sponsored
counter-protests, full of women in black chadors, ended, late on Friday
the protesters appeared again on the streets to chant their slogans.
As of Saturday, September 24, there have been reports of close to 60
dead, and many wounded, among the protesters. No one can know for
certain, as the government now controls the flow of information. There
is reason to believe the actual figure is many times more, but it is
being kept secret by the government. And hundreds are believed to have