Yes it’s perhaps right and proper that we set aside a specific day to remember the dead in past and present wars. The trouble is that the reasons that they died are carefully put to one side, artfully concealed from scrutiny by the mass of the population. History, sadly very limited now in our education system, is, in any case, framed and taught by the victors.
All wars have at their root cause, greed. Greed by those have the most wanting to protect that which they have and more likely wanting more. It is not though, those with the wealth and the power who fight and die, it is those over whom they excercise that power. With guile they manipulate information and even, as we have seen in recent times, give false information to engender fear, outrage and an acceptance of war and the media, being a part of this covert system, willing participants in the deception.
On remembrance day thousands will bow their heads and pay homage to the fallen, in Wootton Bassett the funeral prossession of the next funeral of yet another dead young man, will pause for flowers and the flags of old soldiers will be lowered. The events will be broadcast but little if any mention will be given of the hundreds maimed whose lives will never be the same. For every soldier killed there will be five times as many at least severely injured. Even as I write the rehabilitation centre Hedley Court is expanding to cope with the increasing numbers of double and treble amputees. In Afghanistan alone since 2006 – Jan this year 7000 civilians killed and how many severely injured? Who will hold a ceremony for them? Who here will remember them even though we did the killing?