Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. Dwight D. Eisenhower
Some years ago I greatly upset someone who thought I was making light of Anzac day. I am aware I might upset more people with this post. But as is my habit, I will try to speak truth to power as I see it.
Over the 10 years I have lived in this country I have seen the dawn ceremony changing from being one of mostly elderly veterans with some of their family bringing honour to their fallen comrades in ever dwindling numbers to a renewed patriotic display from politicians and military brass and a whipping up of those sentiments by the mainstream media.
It is no longer a commemoration but it has become a day for rallying. Rallying around the flag. Rallying around our politicians and the military and the quiet propaganda in the days before Anzac day whisper of new threats, new fears and a need for expanding our military.
Our masters are quietly preparing us for more war, more veterans coming home damaged with physical and mental wounds to be conveniently forgotten until the masters need them again for more war propaganda.
The best way to honour the men and women who died, got wounded went crazy on the battlefield is to prevent it from happening again but that is not our masters way. It hasn’t been for thousands of years and until we stop them it isn’t likely to change. Think about that when you observe the Prime Minister doing his song and dance routine and remember he signed us on to the biggest war machine ever in June 2012 with a brand spanking new Treaty.