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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Celebrating mass murder.

"With the forthcoming ANZAC celebrations later this month, any of you guys
planning on attending any of the parades? If so, which parade(s)?" the biker asked.

"What is it about the insanity that is war, that you want to celebrate, mate?" I replied.

13 Comments:

Blogger lemmiwinks said...

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April 20, 2011 9:14 AM  
Blogger Gerry said...

Ah... and apparently rides a Harley... Say no more...

April 20, 2011 9:47 AM  
Blogger lemmiwinks said...

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April 20, 2011 10:05 AM  
Blogger Gerry said...

I wouldn't dream of it. :-)

April 20, 2011 12:13 PM  
Blogger Sue said...

Bloody hell, I go away for a week of peace and quiet in Mallacoota, and all hell breaks loose! Who the hell IS that bloke anyway?

April 24, 2011 7:56 AM  
Blogger Gerry said...

Read my reply to Theo, posted this morning.

He's trying to rev me up.

Silly boy...

April 24, 2011 8:00 AM  
Blogger andrewm said...

Wouldn't you want to celebrate coming back alive? Wouldn't you want to commemorate those you knew who didn't? Granted, you don't need Anzac Day to do those things, and the marches are for other purposes anyway, but still ...

April 24, 2011 1:31 PM  
Blogger Gerry said...

Andrew, ever heard of survivor guilt? PTSD?

I do remember the dead. Even the ones I helped to kill. I do not need parades or propaganda to remember them. Their faces are etched into my brain.

Nearly all the hoopla that is ANZAC Day is about surreptitiously selling the idea that the only wars we ever go to are essential to our survival and that those who died gave their lives for an unquestionably noble cause.

Utter crap. Propaganda designed to suck the next generation of gullible youths into the war machine.

April 24, 2011 6:28 PM  
Blogger Sue said...

I can see where you're coming from with that, Gerry, especially given the fact that so many youngsters are wanting to march with a grandparent's medals these days - although I think they're marching for different reasons, I can see how the propaganda machine could use their naivete to garner support for military action...

April 24, 2011 10:33 PM  
Blogger Gerry said...

Yes, Sue, I agree that people march for many different reasons, most of them very valid ones.

My quarrel is not with them, but with the subtle ways in which these ceremonies and parades tend to legitimise and glorify _every_ military action our governments have undertaken. As a result, a perception is created that our soldiers _always_ died for noble causes; never for stupid ones or outright wrong ones.

The psychological and emotional aura created by these ceremonies and parades is very overpowering and tends to obliterate the faculty of critical thinking.

One is left feeling almost like a traitor if one has any doubts or criticisms. That is a very intentional by-product of the pomp and circumstance. It is brainwashing, pure and simple, administered under the flimsy guise of "remembrance".

Grrrrrrr...

April 25, 2011 2:34 PM  
Blogger phil said...

It's by turns fascinating and distrubing to listen to the reasons people take their (often very small) children to Anazac Day services. For those families with a strong military tradition you can understand it. But some of the others....

WV= "parelyze". No shit.

April 25, 2011 8:39 PM  
Blogger Gerry said...

I gave up going to those marches when I realised that I did not want the applause and the approval of the cheering, brainwashed crowds. It made me feel sick that this is what "remembrance" had become.

April 26, 2011 6:06 AM  
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April 27, 2011 11:17 AM  

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