This came in just now via NST's SMS alert,
NST 13/12: After 20 years, United States today thanked Malaysian peacekeepers for saving their soldiers in Mogadishu, Somalia on Oct 3, 1993.
You can read the details here
United States thanks Malaysia for saving their soldiers in Somalia
Well, better late than never.
At least it proves that Americans are quite decent and know what it means to appreciate the help extended by others.
You can read about what happened in Somalia 20 years ago at
AlFatihah for our fallen hero Corporal Mat Aznan Awang who died in the incident.
It was unfortunate that the sacrifices of our soldiers in that incident was not previously officially appreciated by the US government. I'm not sure why but maybe it was due to protocols.
I remember when I first watched the movie Black Hawk Down, I had waited for the scene when the Malaysian soldiers came to save the American Rangers trapped in a firefight with the local militia. All I got to see were some Pakistani soldiers helping the Americans. There was not even a mentioned of the Malaysian soldiers. It was so disappointing.
Well, at least now that they had said thank you.
It is better than nothing.
I know of some people who totally refuse to say thank you to those who had done them a good deed.
These bunch of ingrates feel that it is their God given right to be assisted by others. That's why they don't feel that they need to say thank you.
They feel that the people who had helped them have to thank them instead and give them these and that things which they feel are their rights to have.
Really, there are such people in Malaysia.
Not only that they refused to thank the people who had helped them, they also mock their benefactors and tell them how useless and worthless they are.
And when the other people want to help themselves, these ingrates turned angry and accused those people who had previously helped them of not being fair. Then they start calling those people who had helped them all sorts of names such as racists, cripples on crutches etc etc.
Well, I don't want to go into details about these ugly people as I don't want all sorts of cybertroopers to come out of the woodworks and harass me again. Enough to say that they are really a bunch of disgusting ingrates.
Err...back to the Americans. Ya, I don't mind the Americans too much. They may be slow at saying thank you...about twenty years late, but that's not too bad as I know of people who still refuse to say thank you after more than half a century. That's even worse, right?
Anyway, I remember the CNN guy Fareed Zakaria once said in an interview that he noticed that for Malaysians who wanted to migrate for a better future, if given the choice between US and China, they will prefer the declining US than the emerging China. This applies even among the will be immigrants among the Malaysian Chinese, said Fareed. Such are the ways of things.
The Americans are indeed not so bad after all....well, better than some Malaysians.