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Put a poppy on my empty grave.
Today we were marched into the Shirley Hall for a remembrance service. Old people proudly sporting glistening medals and solemn faces filled up the rows. A mini orchestra played Mozart in resplendent sobriety and everyone had been told to buy a paper flower. A hush fell round with instinctive silence and respect.

The whole thing was a rather disgusting affair. It reminded me of the scene in Apocalypse Now where all the soldiers have a service and pray as if theirs sins could be instantly absolved. They want forgiveness but won't stop to think from what.

| thou shalt not kill |

The army section stomped in headed by the beaming Beadle. They were the last people who should have attended. What the fuck is a death squad doing in a place where we remember those who died needlessly at their hands? They all ponced about doing fancy wheels in their bleached suits and swinging Union Flags around the place. I hated them all.

All armed forced are shits. In order to fight effectively, they are desensitised and brainwashed to the point of dogmatic nationalist fervour. They all say people died for us. Most of them died for no one and for nothing. Most of them were fucking bloodthirsty morons anyway. Since when did territory and nationality come before moral propriety?

And so I sat there throughout it all. Feeling a cold chill run down my back as the choir heartily sung the haunting harmonies of I Vow To Thee, My Country. And then, the booming echoes of the National Anthem shamefully shook round the hall. The people there all believed every word unaware of what it all meant.

"Lord God our Father,
we pledge ourselves
to serve you and all mankind,
in the cause of peace."

| for Queen and country |

War is a horrible, horrible thing. It wrenched at my guts to see all these people spelling out the future of humanity. What a bleak picture it is. Greed and prejudice reign victorious while united we all fall together.

    mood: hatred
    choon: Silverchair - Cemetery
Comments
From:socratic [.]
Posted: Wednesday 13th November, 2002 at 07:39.43
 Bang Bang Bang
Well it looks like the ludicrous liberals have done a pretty good job of brainwashing YOU in regards to both the composition and neccesity of the armed forces. Needless to say I am in profound disagreement with your views which ironically can only be held when there are other people to fight for you.

From:turkeyphant [.]
Posted: Wednesday 13th November, 2002 at 08:39.53
 Re: Bang Bang Bang
No liberals have been brainwashing me. Especially not at the school I attend... I didn't say armed forces are unnecessary; merely inappropriate at such an event. I also think that the armed forces need a radical reform. And the morality of armies needs to be thought about and discussed a lot more.

If you disagree with me, fine. But you didn't offer one piece of information to refute my ideas or back up your vague beliefs. If you want to argue with me, at least offer something that has a chance of swaying my opinion. After all, this is just something I thought about on the spur of the moment during a five minute hubristic hymn, so you have a pretty good chance of that. I could feel the tangible emotion of the people in that hall singing for the greatness of their country, without thinking for a second exactly what that country stands for and has stood for in the glorious past. I had actually intended to make the entry much more focussed toward the dogmatic patriotism exhibited by so many people, but got rather distracted.

Surely you too think it's disgraceful to have kids dressed up in army uniforms at a remembrance service? Should they continue into a career in the armed forces, the reprehensible majors and generals they may become are exactly the sort of people who send people away to die. Much of the time completely needlessly. It absolves their conscience a bit if the guys on the front line think they are valiantly fighting a noble battle in the name of the Queen - the praiseworthy regina. Still, people representing those who caused unnecessary deaths shouldn't have anything to do with a service in thanks of peace and to commemorate the lives of kids who died because of military warmongers.
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