“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."
Democratic reality is preferring what you dislike over what you despise By Terence Netto
Tuesday, November 22, 2022
Malaysiakini : COMMENT | The truest statements of
the nature of democratic politics are, one, that it is the art of
compromise; and, two, that political choice often entails preferring the
undesirable over the intolerable.
Germany’s Iron Chancellor Otto
von Bismarck was the formulator of the first maxim, and Edmund Burke,
the Irish-born British parliamentarian, the author of the second. Would-be
formators of the federal government, following the stalemate of GE15,
ought to take a leaf from Bismarck and a page from Burke.
Harapan, winner of the highest number of seats, would find the PAS
component of the second highest procurer of GE15 seats, Perikatan
Nasional, intolerable. And vice-versa. By comparison, Harapan would find BN merely undesirable as a federal
government partner: the differences between the two coalitions are not
visceral, nor fundamental.
The differences are amenable to compromise as when BN, in its manifesto, favoured granting citizenship to the overseas-born children of Malaysian mothers. Earlier, Umno was cold to the proposition. The
obstacles in the way of Harapan getting together with Umno-BN as
partners in a federal government are formidable, but not insuperable.
Sure, the general assembly of Umno had made a decision in March that said “no Anwar, no DAP”. But the previous December, Umno combined with Harapan representatives
in the Perak state legislature to remove Ahmad Faizal Azumu, the
menteri besar from Perikatan Nasional, on grounds of ineptitude.
In abjuring Anwar and DAP in March, Umno was yielding to emotion rather than rationality. Now,
in the immediate aftermath of GE15, when the spectre of Islamic
fundamentalism is no longer a looming possibility but a clear and
present danger, Umno, a nationalist rather than a religious party, has
to adjust its stance.
The latest news of Umno’s getting together
with Harapan to form the Perak state government in Ipoh yesterday, in
which Umno supplied the menteri besar, is another instance of
rationality triumphing over emotion.
Umno’s aversions based on emotion would lead it up a cul-de-sac that would spell the death knell of the country inaugurated by the 1957 Federal Constitution.
Man on the Silver Mountain : Probably the positive we derived from recent elections is the gradual ushering of maturing democracy in the country. People face the reality of having to work together with parties or groups that they previously considered as unthinkable.
That’s a big hurdle to overcome no doubt, the emotion takes over the heart, but eventually they cannot escape the obvious. By the look of GE15 result, the different groupings simply just did not disappear but stubbornly persevered.
They will exist in years to come. Thus, various groups and parties need to find common ground to work together. They will eventually adjust themselves into category – rightist, centrist or even leftist. Perhaps may not as clear a demarcation as that but finding similarity they will, in order to survive.
Right now, the barrier is still the emotion rather the objectivity.
However, in this, their true colour will show, whether it is just due to emotion or deep-seated political ideology. Case in point – the GPS in Sarawak. One needs to understand Sarawak peculiarity vis-à-vis the Peninsula. Unlike in Malaya, Sarawak’s ethnic grouping can be categorized into three main groups – the Dayaks, the largest, the Chinese and the Malay-Melanaus.
The former two are largely Christians, while the latter Muslims. Not all though. There are Christian Melanaus. With such diverse groupings, it is a ruler’s delight in ‘divide and rule’, pitting each group against each other. Whichever group the most coherent, they would be the winner. Today that group is the Malay-Melanau combo, perhaps as a result of being the minority.
They have more to lose if divided.
GPS Abang Johari, from PBB (the Malay-Melanaus group) definitely sees their strength toward a greater polarization. To cement that, they would not mind having PAS doing the dirty job for them. So, reading Abang Jo’s action in supporting PAS entry into Sarawak, one can only derives into that conclusion.