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Can you handle the truth? IS it clear? SA needs a strong military

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Can you handle the truth? IS it clear? SA needs a strong military

Could silence on our military be because liberals don’t want to look like warmongers, while SADF types want it to fail?

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Thirty years ago Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson locked eyes, clenched their jaws and let fly in one of the most magnificent shouting matches in cinema history.

The climax of A Few Good Men has been overquoted to the point of exhaustion, but the self-righteous fury of Nicholson’s Colonel Jessup yelling at Cruise’s Lieutenant Kaffee that he “can’t handle the truth” still burns brightly.

In the final seconds of his career, a cornered, outraged Jessup delivers a withering denunciation of the hypocrisy and cowardice of urban liberals, and perhaps the bourgeoisie in general; a smug elite which cowers behind the ramparts he guards, but turns his honour code into a “punch line” and sees his existence as “grotesque and incomprehensible”...

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