War: what it is good for?
Why does anyone commemorate the Armistice Day? The cessation of the ‘war to end all wars’ wasn’t followed by a new dawn, not even a mottled dawn. In the West it brought economic upheavals that led to the Depression. It brought fascism. In the Middle East the peace ended all peace – they are still fighting the wars of Ottoman succession in Gaza and Baghdad. Further East, it brought communism. So why commemorate this non-event?
Well, it is an appropriate day to honour the veterans. After all, are most of the veterans not the poor and the dispossesed, or the simpletons who buy the line about the God and the Flag? What better day then to commemorate the lot whose is to simply obey and die than the non-end of a pointless conflict?
More importantly, it is a day to remind everyone that wars are pointless. It is a day to remind everyone that wars don’t have winners or losers, they have survivors. And those who start wars are seldom better off for it.