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Nations are forged in the cauldron of war

My title concept* above derives from the Blut und Eisen speech given by Prussian prime minister Otto von Bismarck to the Landtag (Parliament) when he “rejected demands for liberal reform“.

(Note: The headline is not my original turn of phrase. It’s Samuel Huntington’s.)

The relevant portion that lent Bismarck’s famous 1862 peroration its name is as follows: “… it is not by speeches and majority resolutions that the great questions of the time are decided – that was the big mistake of 1848 and 1849 – but by iron and blood”.

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May 6, 2015 at 8:01 pm 17 comments

Alamat keputusan Rompin: PRU14 nanti orang pro-kerajaan akan pilih untuk duduk di rumah juga

The most important detail of the Rompin by-election result is that the total votes for PAS remained constant – almost no reduction.

By-election

  • Hasan Arifin (Umno) got  23,796 votes
  • Nazri Ahmad (PAS) got  14,901 votes

GE13

  • Jamaluddin Jarjis (Umno) got  30,040 votes
  • Nuridah Mohd Salleh (PAS) got  14,926 votes

In the interval of exactly two years between 5 May 2013 (13th general election) and 5 May 2015 (yesterday), Umno lost 6,244 votes. PAS only lost 25 votes. (more…)

May 6, 2015 at 1:28 am 38 comments


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