At the risk of offending and having the
wrath of the RSL on me, I was just wandering what we were all remembering
Many of us have family who died in this or other conflicts and today is an important day to pay respect to that loss.
ANZAC Day is the day we reflect on what war means to
I wonder about the growing number of people who attend dawn commemoration
services, but it's not that they want to commemorate or that they’re inclined to
get up so early that's got me wondering.
I wonder about all the young men out
drinking at Salamanca last night. Then I thought that there is a bit of a boozy
culture around ANZAC Day and damn it, I’ve got no problem with drinking.
I wonder about the sentiment behind celebrating
ANZAC Day. It’s not recognising the
sacrifice that bothers me, but there is something nationalistic that often
emerges, it’s something about protecting the values of our culture.
For the record, I have no problem with ANZAC
Day. I guess I’m wondering if there’s
not more we should be doing.
When I think about what war means to me, this
is what I’m thinking about.
I remember my Great Uncle Ronald who died in Singapore in WWII. Thank
I am overwhelmed by the sacrifice made by our
military. I can’t imagine what hell is armed conflict. So when I pause to think
today, I am wishing for a world where war doesn’t exist so no more sacrifice
need be made.
I worry that our focus on protecting our
borders equates to protecting the ideal of white Australia. So when I pause to think today, I celebrate
that Australia has moved on considerably as evidenced by the multi-cultural
country we now live in.
I wonder about why we don't get angry about why we've been caught up in some of these wars. Maybe you have been wondering why we went, or why Australia is still in, Afghanistan. Listening to our Prime Minister a week or so ago, the only message I got was that we had a clear vision about why we were there. I didn’t once hear her explain what that vision was.
I find it incomprehensible that globally, armed
conflict and war is still prevalent and some of these have been active for decades. It’s hard to get a precise count, there are
different definitions, but there’s probably somewhere between 30 and 40 places
around the world where people are dying because of armed conflict of some scale
each year (http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/war/).
Maybe you’ve been following the increasing
tensions in the Middle East about Iran’s alleged nuclear program and how this
allegedly equates to a threat against Israel and how Israel is planning a
pre-emptive strike. I’m having déjà vu. But if this becomes war, it will be very bad
I’m thinking about the memorial in Hiroshima I
visited recently. The spirit of
Hiroshima '...enduring grief, transcending hatred, pursuing harmony and
prosperity for all, and yearning for genuine, lasting world peace.'
I've decided I want more than one day a
year to think about war.
I want more than one day a year when we all act
to stop it.
Tell us what ANZAC Day means to you?