07 March 2013

Siminul Win

First of all, well done to my still serving fighter pilot brethren for a stellar ground attack in Lahad Datu.
For the ongoing military operations, may my brothers in arms have courage, as we have courage in you.
And it appears that I have not only been exposed but also other blogs have verbatimmed my earlier post and I have been slammed for what I have said. Yes, I shall lose sleep over this!!
Amongst what has been hurled:
Bagaimana nak jawap ni?
Nobody is criticising the ATM.
We are angry our ATM are being put at unnecessary risk because of the prevailing stupidity of the PM and HM. Habis cerita. Bila GE nanti kita ABU!
I tak faham what this guy is screaming about. So does it mean that we can continue to have a useless government who does not care two hoots of Sabah' borders, yes and to go on issuing ICs to these philipino migrants just becos it is all in the name of Muslim brotherhood, and that they are welcomed to stay in Lahad Datu.. blah2? So we can't criticize the manner in which the episode is being handled and that whatever silly decisions the present ruling government makes, we have to go along? And then we are family? Crap!
In the first instance I write on my own blog for my own pleasure and not yours. I seek no consensus nor affirmation. I know full well that I am no Raja Petra with hits in the hundreds per post. LOL!! Nobody read my blog for 5 years and nobody gave a damn. Kinda nice really :)

One of the failings of the internet age is that instead of liberating fertile opinion, it has bred opinionism. The anonymity and impunity of the net allows you to criticise all and sundry, over matters that are not under your control. Sometimes this is great. Other times it is brainless. I admit it serves as self therapy but for most times it remains as self indulgent hand relief. And decisions on territorial sovereignty is a field not open to Joe and Jane Public. Period.

Claimed proprietorship of common sense in questioning the government may be made on the common street, but not along the private chambers where difficult decisions are made. Such decisions are not on your shoulder and yelp as you may here, you have no influence on the outcome whether for victory or for defeat.

But there are those who have no choice but to obey. They bear a burden beyond what you can fathom and they do it even if they feel the way you do about the government. That is where boys are separated from men.
It is bad enough that both sides of the political haggling will be exploiting this episode for their own political buoyancy and survival, without those on the sidelines who have no intent in becoming part of the solution volunteering unwarranted comment and contributing to the problem. What makes it worse, especially for armchair generals and politicans alike, is that no matter what we see in the government, they cannot be denied looking good at how their servants have handled the situation on the ground. Much to your chagrin perhaps, but see what yapping does?? Whom do you think you are impressing? What a bunch of reality show couch potatoes!
The wonderful thing about a crisis is that we get to see who really loves this land. The charlatans come crawling  out like roach nymphs from the decaying woodwork.
What errors may have been committed in the fog of war have been committed. Poor information makes for inaccurate decisions, but it is not unusual in war. Don't you know whom the first casualty of war is?? But laying your hand at the plough and looking backward makes for a very crooked furrow in the land you intend to sow and harvest.  Yet the leaders have reconstituted, and so legitimised their actions that not a single nation under the UN has batted an eyelid over the application of force, especially the elected government of the Philippines.
To the uninformed, all war, conventional or counter-insurgency, is as much hardware driven as information augmented. There will be psychological operations through the falsification of information. Indeed, terrorists are called that because they strike terror, not fear, by the ugliness they leave behind them as they move.
In that same vein, the spewing of dissent in the media, mainstream or alternative, aids the enemy. Knowing you do not support your elected leaders in a time of national crisis is the very boost of morale to their illegitimate cause that they seek without sweating out a victory on the battlefield. In short, you are unwittingly or deliberately, presenting yourself as a traitor just on the basis of your poor taste in airing your graces and deranged sense of timing.
The time for chastising those whom you feel are less qualified than you in leading this operation will come, but it is not this day You can have your devalued two cents worth for unedited publishing later when the dust is settled, but it is not this day. Today we must stand as one. Else the cost will be more than your deluded rantings can salvage.
Those who are legally trained understand the need for restraint on public comment over a trial still under deliberation. I do not plead that you accord the same respect over a very trying time for all Malaysians. That is if you believe that in these times there is something bigger at hand than your own sentiments, and that is to stand together with your elected leaders for whatever outcome this may bring; that is if you actually believe in this country at all. We are on the same boat. You can stand with your captain and try to keep the ship afloat, or you can jump off like a hoarde of rats. Your choice reflects your allegience.

I have said my piece. I do not seek to convert the inconvertible who insist on so much while contributing little.

In the end when all falls to dust it is those whom you condemn who will have to watch your sorry asses.

Just sayin'.

03 March 2013

You Are Not Family

I have often been asked if I miss being in the air force. This is is a rather popular question, and one even I have foolishly asked when mingling with some senior officers on the brink of retirement. The universal answer was always, yes, and when followed with what it was they missed the answer was always comradeship.
I do not miss the comradeship. I have discovered that come any street, I have the ability to make friends. And friends will do what friends do, in service or out in civvy street. That's an entire different  argument there.
The point is, it isn't the comradeship that I miss.
It's the involvement.
Everyone thinks they have heard all there is to hear about Lahad Datu. And God be my witness, I wish I were right there to do something about it. If they called me now, I would be there yesterday bearing arms.
I have really had it with the rubbish that has been spewed in the alternative media, where even facebook has not been spared.
How easy it is to condemn and criticise the working man, whether soldier or policeman on the ground, over your dissatisfactions with the establishment. How simplistic it is to draft the unfounded analogous parallel to an intruder into your home, when you haven't accounted for turning on the lights and finding your cousin staring back at your baseball bat at the ready to bludgeon his head. How horribly obscene it is to make all this a racial episode, forgetting that all races have died in service to King and country, as easily overlooked that it was not just one race that took up the armed communist struggle in our rainforests. Worst of all, it is an outrage that anyone, individual and entity alike, should look so poorly upon the lives that were taken in the shootout at Lahad Datu by milking it for illicit political mileage.
The kind of remarks that have been passed in the alternative media has made me feel that a great many of us perhaps deserve less than what we claim we are entitled to in a transparent and graft-free government.
From the comfort of your air conditioned homes and plush offices, you would pose as the intellectual authority on how the police are supposed to handle this quagmire of a crisis. Your gleaning of a few lurid misadventures when you have  brushed with them from the wrong side of the law does not equate to an intimate knowledge of their modus operandi.
What recent events have unearthed is a hoarde of the ugliest Malaysian attitudes I have had the displeasure to read. If this is any shade of colour on the civic consciousness litmus, the singular conclusion must be that we are not ready for public opinion to be a driving force for government policy.
When do you think that you were made entitled to disclosure of military manouvres? When you survived Outward Bound School?
Everything in the military runs on a security classification. Even the "UNCLASSED" documents are for internal reading only. While you are so reluctant to serve, and discourage anyone who shows an interest in becoming a soldier, you think you can fathom the details of who should handle what in such an intricate crisis?
There are some professions you have no right to pass judgement on unless you have given your blood into them, soldiering being high on that heirarchy. You're not of the fraternity, so forever hold your piece! You are not family!!
Those who slurred at the armed forces as being good only for butt-wriggling exercises have exposed their intelligence for what it is: the myopic inability to discern between a serving soldier bound by discipline, and a retired veteran's group which isn't. Do you know how stupid you sound to those of us from the profession of arms??

Those who charge that our armed forces are low on training and experience should conduct better research instead of infusing beer and conspiracy novels as sources of military intelligence.

You cannot legitimise military action in a civil area unless it has been declared as no man's land and hostilities have been announced. The Malaysian Armed Forces is a highly trained organisation sought after by the UN from our days in conflicts in Congo, Cambodia, Bosnia, the Middle East and the volatile Eritrea. We have officers who have single handedly slaughtered a truckload of Mogadishu warlords on the verge of slaying women and children; we have officers who managed to apply escape and evasion tactics after abduction and torture at the hands of Sierra Leone bandits, veterans of the communist insurgency, and a collective of several decades of service in humanitarian aid and disaster relief areas. They know the legal complications of using military options as a first resort, the implications of having to be bound by the Laws Of Armed Conflict and the Geneva Convention. Indeed, those very laws were manipulated and violated in order to draw our secuirty forces into the killing zone when the intruders waved the white flag as a prelude to gunning our boys down. You just cannot deal summarily with this viscous situation.

I do not envy the position of our governing politicans now because it is such a delicate situation yet they know they are damned if they do and damned if they don't. While they may have bungled during times of civil dissent, these shades of incompetence do not validate the widespread claims by Joe Public that Joe Public has a better grasp on the burden of responsibility replete with the tactical and strategic weildings to make this work and that therefore the various ministers attempting to unravel this mess should resign. Joe, you are indeed laughable because in your self-inflicted significance and stupor you intend to hold the backdoor open for someone holding public office to run off before the assembly of the full orchestra can take place. Do this only if you can close the door and occupy the emptied seat.
The Royal Malaysian Police have given their lives to guard your homes in the Lahad Datu stand-off.
As the episode has yet to conclude, it is not known yet how many more lives will be lost.
But as policemen and soldiers get their orders to move into the area, those orders are obeyed in the face of death. They have no choice. They have always known this and they march into battle when their time arrives.
Do not even begin to justify the cost of their lives with the taxes you pay or the job they have undertaken. Nothing you pare out of your ill-gotten gains can pay off the widows and orphans trailing in the wake of those who have done what you can choose not to do. No amount of intellectualisation will ever raise you to the level of sacredity they attain for knowingly going, without a backward glance, especially on behalf of those who scoff at them.
Therefore, since you have neither the inclination to take up a gun and work with others by placing your life in their hands and defending their lives with yours, nor the spirit to run for office and face being blamed by your own breed, leave those who have the dirty work to do what dirty work there is.
As far as I can see, you have begun by your crescendo of Crucify them!! Crucify them!! only to be followed by Hossana!! Hossana!! when your barking has been choked in your throat when met with the blood of those whom you condemn.
I tell you verily, this makes you nothing more than a brood of vipers.