saying that war should not become idolised.
I attend Anzac ceremonies, not to idolise war, but to mourn for those who lost their mental and physical
health, their lives, on false assumptions promulgated by those in power on both sides of the conflict.
But here is another take on Anzac day, that recently came to my attention.
Reality check. Anzac day commemorates the Battle of Gallipoli.
We were part of an allied invasion of the Gallipoli peninsular.
Part of Turkey. A Muslim country with whom we were at war.
Turkey suffered 250,000 casualties in that battle.
The battle was fought over 100 years ago, and every year the Turkish people
have the decency to welcome thousands of New Zealanders and Australians
into their country to pay their respect to the Anzac soldiers who died there.
They tolerate Christian prayers, the singing of hymns
and performance of hakas to honour them.
They've looked after the graves of these invaders for us
and treat them like the graves of their own sons.
We can't even tolerate a Muslim prayer here on Anzac day.
What a miserable bunch of ungrateful narrow minded ****s we are.