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”.
His country needed a war general
Bismarck was born in an aristocratic family and his “political views in the beginning of his career were those of a typical country squire” – see his profile here.
It did not take him long to realize that “being principled and tradition-bound” wouldn’t cut it in cutthroat politics. Soon enough, Bismarck’s ideas adapted instead to become “very pragmatic”.
On 17 Sept 1862, Prussia was in such a crisis that the king “seriously considered abdicating his throne“. Fortunately for Kaiser Wilhelm I, he had a war general in Bismarck – the strategist who would shortly win three wars in eight years.
Iron Chancellor‘s calculated plan of power politics
Bismarck’s Blood and Iron speech was delivered on 30 Sept 1862. Blut (blood) denotes the willingness to fight and Eisen (iron) refers to the military.
“The series of wars did not happen by accident. They were part of Bismarck’s calculated plan of power politics, aggression, and annexation. The realpolitik Bismarck defined in his famous ‘Blood and Iron’ nine years earlier had given birth to the German Empire.” – see ‘Bismarck’s Blood and Iron Speech 150 Years Later‘ (The New American, 30 Sept 2012)
Bismarck is considered to be the Father of Germany and was the Fatherland’s first chancellor – see, ‘How Otto von Bismarck forged the German Empire’ (The Global State, 23 Jan 2015).
Moral of the story: Aggressive action is demanded when “we are in exceptional circumstances“.
It is not by speeches that great questions are decided
The time for talk is over.
Najib can cuba pujuk on fostering “unity” till his face turns (the BN logo) blue but it would be to no avail. He will still daily be called racist and extremist, and hurled the vilest nicknames by the biaDAPs.
MCA itself admits that 88 percent of the Chinese are with the DAP – see below. Other estimates put the figure as high as 95 percent.
Sooo very sneaky, and they dare call others ‘racists’
MCA is also wringing its hands about what scumbags the DAP are.
Wanita MCA chief Heng Seai Kie today pleaded to the DAP, “Stop twisting my words and playing racist politics” – see below.
How very typical of the DAP’s sneaky methods. The evangelistas deliberately misrepresented Heng and put up the sly billboard – see above – in Permatang Pauh crediting to the Wanita MCA chief the misquoted words, “Melayu bayar lebih GST, GST manfaatkan kita (orang Cina)”.
To put it simply, DAP are dajjal
Impossible to accept MCA’s word anymore either
If nine out of every ten Chinese are DAP supporters, then pray tell who does the MCA represent?
Tomorrow following the Permatang Pauh by-election result, you can expect the MCA to bleat that the Chinese are beginning to return to the BN. Wrong. This will not happen unless there is a change in their Hate mindset.
How did MCA allow nine of out of every ten Chinese to turn into such vitriolic BN haters? After all, the party owns the biggest media conglomerate in the country.
It is suicidal to fight a war on many fronts. In front of Umno stands the DAP army. At the back of Umno is the scissors-wielding MCA which is already beyond the control of its top leadership.
No general will want to expose the back of his army to the enemy within.
BELOW: The EvangeliSTARs wielding their pen
Jump ship from the sinking BN Titanic
The outcome of the Rompin by-election is a clear signal of how weak the BN has become. Here is a traditional Umno heartland comprising rural Malays, Felda settlers and orang asli.
Ethnic minority voters are negligible in Rompin – the Chinese only 2.49 percent while the Indians are 1.15 percent. Hence the by-election result is a true reflection of Malay ground sentiment.
Rompin’s flagbearer Umno demography yesterday sent a clear message to the ruling party by opting to stay at home on polling day. With Malay support ebbing, the BN’s position is now so precarious that there is really no room for any weak links, particularly ones that can no longer be trusted.
MCA is a liability and internal threat. It can deliver nothing; not when the community MCA purports to represent only want to see the BN anchor party dead.
Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s famous last words were “Saya pantang dicabar”. If Najib wants to live up to his declaration “Pantang anak Bugis menyerah kalah”, then he should think and act like a war general. The Umno support base will accept nothing less.
The most important detail of the Rompin by-election result is that the total votes for PAS remained constant – almost no reduction.
- Hasan Arifin (Umno) got 23,796 votes
- Nazri Ahmad (PAS) got 14,901 votes
- 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…)
Below is Hannah Yeoh’s tweet saying, “For a Subang Jaya girl like me, this place in Permatang Pauh is simply heavenly! ”
Regular commenter Calvin Sankaran said @ 2015/05/05 at 3:25 pm, “I am not sure if the picture is in Permatang Pauh even”.
Gambar-gambar sekitar Permatang Pauh
MCA berjaya menarik sokongan golongan warga emas dan OKU.
Hannah Yeoh’s mother is a Cantonese speaker. The Cantonese originate from Guangdong province in China. Nonetheless it appears that Hannah has renounced her Cantonese heritage as today she claims her race to now be Anak Malaysia.
Regardless. A little bit about the Cantonese in Guangdong a dozen years ago and the penjelma (“pendatang” is a forbidden word) from that province who sailed here earlier during the mass migration years.
“The extent of dog eating in China appears to vary by region, appearing to be most prevalent in Guangdong,” says independent e-newspaper Animal People.
Guangdong is also the only province known for eating cats (more…)
In his interview published yesterday in Malaysiakini, Saifuddin Abdullah cautioned that “Umno may veer further to the right if Islamist hardliners win in the PAS muktamar in June”.
Saifuddin, who is Global Movement of Moderates CEO, said Umno should live up to its of being a moderate party regardless the scepticism greeting its claim to such a credential.
Ini akaun Twitter rasmi Umno yang dikendalikan oleh bahagian media di ibu pejabat parti.
Kata media Umno dalam tweetnya, “MCA yakin masyarakat Cina kembali menyokong BN di Permatang Pauh”.