by Mary W Maxwell
One hundred years of celebrating war is enough. We know now that we were all tricked as to the purpose of World War I. Also known as “The Great War” (can you imagine), it was designed behind closed doors. The planning began around 1890 and then it was foisted on the British Parliament by Lord Esher. This has been clearly shown by Gerry Docherty and Jim MacGregor, a schoolteacher and a physician, in Hidden History.
I quote from someone named “conjunction” who reviewed the book Hidden History at Amazon:
“Britain amazed the world by allying itself with Japan in 1902. This was to pressurise Russia and soften them up prior to making an alliance with them against Germany.
“Sir Edward Grey, who in his biography claimed to have forgotten to mention to the cabinet his secret alliance with the French a number of years before war broke out, and who lied repeatedly to Parliament and almost everyone else on this matter, acted as a man only wanting peace in public, all the time committing his government without their knowledge to Machiavellian intrigue all with the design of making Germany look bad and crucially engineering France and Russia to force Germany into a position where she had to look the aggressor.”
Say, does that sound familiar or what – “acted as a man only wanting peace in public, all the time committing his government without their knowledge…” and made somebody “look like the aggressor.”
Turn It Around
Aussies, this is not something to celebrate. This is not a reason to get up early on April 25,to stand in the dark murmuring prayers, waiting for the Last Post to be played.
No, the words “lest we forget” can now mean something else:
LEST WE FORGET HOW EASILY WE ARE TRICKED.
I don’t advocate doing away with the beautiful Dawn Service. On the contrary, I advocate we use it to help the bereaved families of soldiers mourn – they deserve support and consolation. The many wounded in recent wars, still alive, deserve our care. Actually, they deserve our apologies.
Here is a 10-minute recap of a lengthy teach-in on The Great War. You might watch the first minute to remind yourself of the way this nonsense was presented to us in school. No wonder boys were enticed to go off to war. It was always made to seem patriotic and noble.
Consulting New Zealand
The Gallipoli tragedy was one that was shared across the Tasman and has probably been a source of unity of Aussies and Kiwis. “We helped each other.” I am pleased to see that in the lead-up to the 100th anniversary of Gallipoli last year, Dr William Hoverd in Wellington wrote an article “Re-Thinking ANZAC Day”:
“This week we see the celebration of the 100 year anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign. The New Zealand Government’s investment in commemoration and production of cultural capital around this disastrous and horrific event has been significant. Writing from the Centre for Defence and Security studies on the Massey University Wellington Campus, I am situated on what has become sacred national ground, consecrated through the opening of the Pukeahu National War Memorial Park, the Arras tunnel, the opening of a Sir Peter Jackson sponsored exhibit in the old Museum building and the laying of wreaths at the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior at the Carillon.”
“Anzac day is a social construction that we need to revise so that our historical remembrance of ANZAC commemoration of Gallipoli informs where we, as a nation, have come from but does not drive where we are going.”
Righteo. So let’s think about where we are going. How about high school teachers use the week before ANZAC Day every year to get the kids to put down on paper (paper? yep, paper) their idea of where we should be headed.
Never mind if they opt for something far-fetched, or give a too-focused picture of the immediate future. Anything will do, to stretch the brain.
Just where are we headed now anyway?
This short video is worth watching for several surprise quotes made during the great war:
— Mary Maxwell writes for GumshoeNews and takes inspiration from certain insightful teenagers.
Photo - adapted from the abc.com