Saturday, 28 June 2014
Today 28 June 2014, marks Armed Forces Day, staged annually for the past 5 years to pay tribute to UK Armed Forces personnel, past and present. Today 100 years after the assassination of Franz Ferdinand and the start of the Great war, and 70 years from the D-Day Landings, this years event comes with an even bigger shadow.
In this age is there really cause in celebrating conflict, in an event of militaristic might, should we not be raising awareness of the destructiveness of war, and spend more time promoting peace .Why not call the day reconciliation day.
Recently the event has been criticised by Wrexham Peace and Justice Group, who were 'horrified' to find a picture of a toddler dressed in military uniform, being used to advertise the event. They said ' We strongly object to the targeting of children by the military' also saying ' we contend that it is irresponsible and unacceptable for Wrexham Council to be presenting the militarised warfare in the content of family entertainment.'
War is not family entertainment, but the first casualty of war is truth. Today we should remember too people like Chelsea Manning who had the courage to tell us the truth about war, and its collateral damage.
We should remember the Great War, remember it not as a 'war to end all war' or a 'victory for democractic', but as a military disaster and a human catastrophe. We should use this day to remember that war is driven by big powers and their vested interests around the globe, and remember the billions killed in war, the innocents across the globe, left maimed and wounded, mark the courage of those involved, but acknowledge the absolute devastation and misery caused,and the harsh realities of actual life in the military, far from the rosy pictures painted. The brutal reality, is that for many, having been used by the military are left with mental health issues, and simply abandoned
To move forward we should support all those traumatised and displaced by war, and seek ways to avoid conflict, and ways to promote international cooperation instead,focus on some positive steps to promote harmony in a badly trouble world, say no to the military complex that profits out of misery, pointing out the horrible consequences of war.
Posted by teifidancer at 11:17