Veterans have fought and died for our freedom and security. The politicians who command them haven’t had the same ideals
So it’s that time of year again, when our glorious leaders in Westminster honour the dead of the most horrific and traumatic event in British memory by donning a red paper flower. Which is all awfully convenient for any politician trying to give the impression they care about the countless victims of warfare, without putting any actual effort in.
I mean, honouring the victims of ‘the war to end all wars’ isn’t all that compatible with allowing Britain to be the second biggest arms dealer in the world. Nor with funnelling billions into maintaining a collection of the most destructive weapons humanity has ever known. Leaving desperate refugees, fleeing from wars stemming in no small part from 200 years of British foreign policy (and fuelled in no small part by the aforementioned arms dealing), to rot in camps whilst giving a resounding middle finger to the rest of Europe doesn’t really seem in the spirit of things either, if I’m going to be honest
Make no mistake: the likes of May and Boris wearing poppies is about on par with those ‘1 Like = 1 Prayer’ Facebook posts.
Harry Patch passed away in 2009. A British soldier, he was the last surviving combatant from any country in WW1. He had this to say: ‘The politicians who took us to war should have been given the guns and told to settle their differences themselves, instead of organising nothing better than legalised mass murder’.
Millions of men and boys were sent to be slaughtered over the honour and childish war games of old rich men in suits. The economic ruin doubtless shortened the lives of many more. The resultant destruction spawned the spiteful rage necessary for Hitler to divide the world once more with his rise to power.
There are many lessons to be learnt from the mechanised slaughter of the 20th century. All of hem point to the guilt of the estranged and psychopathic ruling classes that prey on the suggestiveness and trust of the citizens they claim to represent.
I dearly wish I could say lessons have been learnt, but this same carelessness for life, and contempt for regular people, has only persisted among our political class. When they send soldiers into conflicts they create, they do so aware that soldiers will come back irreparably scarred, if alive at all. When they decide to drop bombs, they do so aware that the overwhelming majority of the dead will be civilians, whether from the blast or resulting disease, famine and exposure.
Why are veterans left to rot in the streets? Why are war refugees treated like criminals?
War is hell. You only need to listen to someone who has experienced it to know. Why then, does the ruling class sell weaponry to militaristic fascist states? Why does it ruin whole countries like Syria and Libya in proxy wars for global dominance and fossil fuels? Why, when veterans return home, are they so often left to rot in our streets, instead of being given the specialist care they deserve? Why must the poppy appeal and other charities try to care for them instead of the state? Why are war refugees treated like criminals when they flee suffering we can’t begin to understand?
If I knew that for sure, I would have stared much too deeply into the abyss, the void into which the basic humanity of many of our leaders fell long ago. The global governance of this world is largely empty of the most meagre moral concerns. If that doesn’t concern you, you’re part of the problem.