2007-11-12 19:50:09 UTC
Our local forum has a group of sincere people talking about armistice
day: http://tinyurl.com/24y9ho . I can;t abide it.
As the shedde do know, I am a pacifist. I hugely admire the
professionalism of young people fighting for their country, and I
think we should remember those who were slaughtered in the great war.
But I don't think that we should ask them to do that. And I am
offended year on year when the best way we can find to apologise to
them is with the trappings of the deciept upon them. With guns,
flags, medals, uniforms, marching and saluting. It really upsets me.
One of the most moving war memorials I ever saw was in the welsh
marches, where on one side of the pillar were the names of all the
young men of the village who remained in France: the other three sides
named those who fought and came back alive (to some extent). Why has
the rest of the country not done this?
We should remember those who have died in the great failures of our
leaders, up to the present day. But surely not with military pomp.
We should remember them wearing sackcloth and ashes: we should parade
in shrouds, sloping not rifles but crutches or false legs. There
should not be marshall music, there should be wailing and gnashing of
Or am I wrong about this?