Remembering The War Dead. And Not Learning Any Lessons From It


Alexander Nekrassov writes from London: Call me a cynic, but I could never understand the purpose of all those sombre occasions when politicians, of all people, gather together to honour the dead servicemen who have lost their lives in wars, both past and present. Like that supposedly moving memorial service that would take place at Westminster Abbey to mark the anniversary of Armistice Day.

I can understand the desire of millions of ordinary people to honour the dead and observe a 2-minute silence, like it happens in Britain. And I can understand the presence of the Queen who leads the nation, as people pay their respects at 11am, the moment when the guns fell silent on Armistice Day in 1918. But politicians have no role to play in this. Their presence always smacks of grotesque hypocrisy, highlighted even more by al of the wearing red poppies, as if they’re constantly thinking of war veterans, the creeps.

Politicians should be barred from these occasions, simply because they are the ones who send soldiers to die, usually for no reason. The military are the first to pay the price for the incompetence and arrogance of political leaders who have proven in the past, and the present, to be incapable of resolving problems peacefully. Any war is a reflection of the worthlessness of the political establishment. Ordinary people do not start wars – politicians do. People just foot the bill for the wars.

What exactly would be the point of British politicians getting together soon to supposedly honour the dead servicemen, first on Remembrance Sunday and then on Armistice Day, when they still have not learnt the lessons of the past? Not to mention that the presence of that disgusting man, Tony Blair, at the laying of the wreaths at the Cenotaph would be an offence to the memory of the British soldiers who had died in Iraq and Afghanistan. Blair should be barred from such ceremonies. He is a war criminal on the loose, and he should be made to know this.

In an ideal world past wars and conflicts should remind politicians that they are the ones who are responsible for them and no one else. So how was it exactly that the current British Prime Minister David Cameron would fit into the occasion when he is doing his best to delay the publication of the Chilcot report on the war in Iraq, to shield the people who are guilty of starting that war on false pretences? Not forgetting his role in Libya that has turned into a jihadist hellhole that is causing a lot of grief to Britain and Europe already, and will cause even more problems.

So I ask the politicians: why the solemn expressions? What do you care if more servicemen die? The whole point of remembering the dead is to demonstrate commitment to avoiding new conflicts. The current political rulers have not demonstrated that commitment and have not bothered to learn any lessons.

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