Friday, August 04, 2017

"I had to destroy the judiciary in order to save it."

In 1968, during America's Vietnam War, Bến Tre the capital city of Bến Tre Province, in the Mekong Delta area of southern Vietnam, was bombed and shelled by the Americans regardless of civilian casualties.

Bến Tre today

When reports of the horrific assault and horrendous civilian casualties were aired, many including American people questioned the nebulous war aims of the United States in Vietnam.

After the terrible slaughter, NZ reporter Peter Arnett reported a United States major saying during an interview what had become the most notoriously idiotic statement of the Vietnam War, to wit:

"We had to destroy the village in order to save it."

[Wikipedia tells us that Peter Arnett was awarded the 1966 Pulitzer Prize in International Reporting for his work in Vietnam from 1962 to 1975, mostly reporting for the Associated Press. In 1994, Arnett's book Live from the Battlefield: From Vietnam to Baghdad, 35 Years in the World's War Zones was published. In March 1997, Arnett interviewed Osama bin Laden]

That moronic statement "We had to destroy the village in order to save it" was a succinct reflection of the American idiotic clueless-ness of what and why they were in Vietnam fighting against Vietnamese.

In Malaysia today, we relive that same circumstance as the Yanks when we were informed of the most idiotic unbelievable promise from Mahathir in our political history which would be akin to a typical paraphrased Mahathir-speak:

"I had to destroy the judiciary in order to save it."

See today's The Malaysian Insight's Dr Mahathir panned on social media for promise of judicial reforms which compelled a reader to remark:

“Orang yang menghancurkan badan kehakiman masa krisis 1988 nak janji kukuhkan badan kehakiman.”  
(The person who destroyed the judiciary during the 1988 crisis now promises to strengthen the judiciary)
“Joke of the year, bila nak undi, semua benda manis dan janji langit dan bumi.""
(Joke of the year, when it comes to votes, all sweet nothings and promises of heaven and earth)


  1. Hamlet Act 3; Scene 4.

    I do repent; but heaven hath pleas'd it so
    To punish me with this, and this with me,
    That I must be their scourge and minister.
    I will bestow him, and will answer well
    The death I gave him. So again good night.
    I must be cruel only to be kind.
    Thus bad begins and worse remains behind.

    1. he professes not keeping of oaths;
      in breaking ’em he is stronger than Hercules:
      he will lie, sir, with such volubility,
      that you would think truth were a fool

      All’s Well That Ends Well
      [IV, 3]

  2. If not for Mahathir destroying the judiciary,Malaysia would not have courts named after Kaytee's adopted second home's,favorite animal called the kangaroo.Wakakaka.

  3. Politicians do not walk the walk,that is the reason bullshit talks.

  4. Wakakakaka..hilang teloq to show my 曹操 quote!!!!

    1. comments entirely in Chinese or Thai or Indian (Tamil) or Javanese script is not accepted. This is an English-Malay blog, but some Chinese script is OK. As for Thai script, only Yingluck is allowed that wakakaka

    2. Hence yr bottom line!!!