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Wednesday, October 31, 2007


This is coolbert:

"Emotion clouds reason" - - Michael Corleone - - "The Godfather".

From the Gallipoli campaign:

"Lt-Col (later Colonel) Mustafa Kemal Bey (later, the great Turkish political leader Kemal Ataturk) . . . In planning one of the early counter-attacks, he [Kemal] issued the following order:

'Every soldier who fights here with me must realize that he is in honour bound not to retreat one step.'"

And from World War Two [WW2]:

"Stalin issues Order No. 227-outlawing cowards"

"July 27, 1943

On this day in 1943, Joseph Stalin, premier and dictator of the Soviet Union, issues Order No. 227, what came to be known as the "Not one step backward" order . . . "Panic makers and cowards must be liquidated on the spot. Not one step backward without orders from higher headquarters! Commanders...who abandon a position without an order from higher headquarters are traitors to the Fatherland."

There, that will put them in their place. Damnit!!



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