By: Daniel Otero
Today, the 25th of April in many countries across former Empire (United Kingdom), Australians, New Zealanders, Canadians and South Africans were sacrificed in battle. This day is known as Remembrance Day or ANZAC Day, when those who lost their lives fighting in the many conflicts of this world are remembered for their sacrifice. While the date and time of commemoration are drawn from the hostilities in World War I, here in Nanjing our city is no stranger to the horrors of war or throughout China.
Since then, wars have continued to rage across our planet and will continue on and on. Until men wake-up from their constant stupidity!
America’s and U.K.’s position in the world has been compromised by constant convulsions. These have been caused by bad foreign policy, bringing consternation to the world and a “blowback” to American, British and Commonwealth citizens. Most U.S. or U.K. leaders, whether it’s the 238 years in the States or the 2,000 years of history back in Britain—have sent troops into foreign lands.
I do believe as an American and for those who are British, Australians, NZ and Canadians, etc., have good hearts and want to help other nations, but the corruption of politics has caused us to be despised around the world. Following the British structure of “military imperialism” that our nations have built upon, Americans and British have had a continuation of that philosophy into present-day, sadly.
When we do get involved, it is always over America’s or Britain’s foreign interest, its position on the world stage and oil. Repeating the same mistakes as ancient Rome did fifteen hundred years before. We are getting other armies and mercenaries to do our dirty work. In truth, President Eisenhower’s predictions have become a reality. We are superpowers with enemies already at “its gates”!
It used to be an honour to serve in the military. It was a great thing to join, serve and help in other parts of the world. Today, we are only a joke and young people look down on soldiers as foolish and stupid, serving nations that will only use them and when they become worthless, dispose of them! And who can blame this ‘selfie-narcissistic society’ for not caring or not respecting the older generation, when the ‘me, me generation’ have seen our examples of abuse around the world.
Those that served have become a “lost generation”, indeed. The world does not know of the veterans’ true suffering. America and Britain are two great countries, but it has participated in wars on average for every 3.4 years since the birth of their respective nations. After Iraq, soldiers had to serve in Afghanistan. These are thousands of men and women suffering from “battle fatigue”, wounds, amputations, health issues and other mental illnesses. These are militaries that have served in wars for over 15 years. And for soldiers it has been one, two and even three tours of duty (365 days in a combat zone if you are a U.S. soldier, for the British it’s six months). Now our governments may well be going into other conflicts in the Middle East and Africa, with no solution in sight. Where does it end?
Taking a moment to thank the Australian military for always supporting us [the U.S.] in our combat actions whether righteous or foolish; the Aussies have supported us going back to the Second World War.
And ‘Lest we forget’, this is a day to remember in 1915, when the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) were sent into battle by the top brass of the British Army. In its past, this was a bigoted army that didn’t care about its colonials, sending them up the hills of Gallipoli in Turkey to be butchered by the Turks; since they were considered ‘lesser people’ by their counterparts.
Alas, let us remember and never forget! So these tragedies in history are not repeated again. I won’t forget, neither should you!