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I note the mouthpieces of the Anzac industry are careful to say that we are not ‘celebrating’ Anzac but ‘commemorating’ it.

Commemorating what exactly? Industrialised murder for the sake of profit (profane), or the tragic loss of human life (sacred)?

The fact is, the myths surrounding Gallipoli is parlayed into a carefully managed psychological operation to entrench emotional support for military adventurism.

What is never mentioned is that it was one of the most disastrous, failed military escapades engineered by the British at the horrendous cost to human life, all for the sake of loot and treasure.
The people that survive these horrors are often damaged for life and receive little to no help from the states that send them to fight.
There is nothing to commemorate or celebrate for the traumatised survivors of war or the bereaved families of those lost in battle.
Romanticising slaughter is as dangerous and absurd a proposition as suggesting that Australians are ‘defined’ by a failed, century old military campaign.
We are still brainwashed into believing armed conflicts are ‘ideological’. They are not. They are designed to create profits and weaken states that challenge the capital interests of the looters whom often finance both sides of the conflicts. They are initiated at the behest of investors who buy politicians and steer foreign policy.
It took me a long time to see through it all.
See through it we must.
Duncan Shipley-Smith, Byron Bay

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1 COMMENT

  1. White Australia began from a failed position, the chained position of the Convict where Australia down there in the Southern Hemisphere, an empty land was to be used as a garbage dump for the trash of England.
    That is how ‘We’ Australians began here in this land.
    In the annals of psychology according to the writings of Carl Yung there is the Collective Unconscious and that is the inherited racial foundation of the whole structure of personality of the past. The past of The Australian is of loss, failure and of a mind complex of insecurity. So from our past we revere a “failure’ as a milepost in progress because it is part of our psychology.
    We revere Ned Kelly, a bushranger. We revere Gallipoli as a place we stood, took a stand, showed our grit and our courage although we died there.

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