Gallipoli was one battle of a long war.  ANZAC troops lost the battle under the command of Kitchener as Minister for War.  War is rarely a good thing and Gallipoli was a tragedy that should never have occurred.  Yes, the people there on both sides were very brave.  However they died a fruitless death achieving nothing.  Yet 97 years later people still  celebrate it, as if it is something to be proud of.

43,000 British, 15,000 French, 8,700 Australians, 2,700 New Zealanders and 1,370 Indian deaths. Approximately 60,000 Turkish deaths.

Kitchener, Haig and Rawlinson.  They and their ilk in charge at the Somme – 623,907 Allied forces casulties and 465,000 German casualties.   Forces were used just as cannon fodder by these ‘leaders’, as were the ANZACs at the Gallipoli landings.  It seems the only thing that went right for the ANZACs was a virtually succesful retreat from a battle they should never have been involved in. Yet it is celebrated without rest.  Surely ANZAC Day should be a day to protest against our children being sent overseas to die on foreign shores while killing other human beings.

“LEST WE FORGET” is a great sentence however we should remember the truth.  We should remember war for what it is – a waste of human life, whatever nationality. Gallipoli was just another disaster following many other disasters of that “great” war.  Whilst eating that ANZAC biscuit, take some time thinking about whose war it was that killed so many people.  The leaders of those countries were at war, all the diggers were young and unknowing of the people who would send them to their deaths.

These brave young mens lives were wasted, their blood spilled on foreign shores for absolutly nothing. Over $80 million has been announced to be spent on the “celebrations” for the centenary of Gallipoli.  Yet nowhere near enough is being spent on the wretched souls who come back from foriegn shores with post traumatic stress dissorder.   Build a cenotaph that reads something like “We have not forgotten them and that is why we will never fight another war on foreign soil” – would that not be a better way to spend that money?

How can anyone celebrate the deaths of their country men and women for what ever reasons? Especially when we know they were sacrificed by our “leaders”.

Burning beliefs

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US President Barack Obama has quite rightly condemned an American pastor’s burning of the Koran, after violent protests.

The desecration of any holy text, including the Koran, is an act of extreme intolerance and bigotry.

It led to the death of 17 in Afghanistan. Obviously he is correct in stating this however we must see the hypocrisy in his statement.  He preaches for the right of all religions to worship safely, while simultaneously US forces kill and maim soldiers and civilians including the children who worship a different god to him.

If we accept that the Pastor is guilty of incitement to murder,  surely we must see the acts that Obama is guilty of.  War crimes?