To the editor,
"They did not die in vain implies the war had a valuable purpose." Nice logic, Mr. Shaw. Are you saying that our soldiers did die in vain, or that World War II didn't have a valuable purpose? It's not exactly clear in your editorial ("Great white hope," Nov 10).
Perhaps you think some anti-war poetry and a sing along would have stopped the march of fascism. I thank God we had men willing to fight. Otherwise you might be sig heiling and goose-stepping your way to work every morning.
I see nobody "celebrating deadly conflicts" or "glorifying war" as "The Last Post" is played at cenotaphs across the country. Are these octogenarians in ill-fitting uniforms crying tears of joy? The only people celebrating on Remembrance Day are the 20-somethings who are out at the bars in the early morning hours of the 11th. The absolute LEAST young people can do today is purchase and wear a red poppy; especially if they can't drag their hung-over asses to the nearest cenotaph on the 11th.
Wearing a white poppy is disrespectful to the men and women who served their country. War is never desirable, but if you want to trumpet peace you should get your own damn symbol. You're free to be as creative as you want because of their sacrifice, so don't hijack their one symbol of remembrance.
So I sure hope you slept well on Friday morning, Mr. Shaw. I would assume you'd never be caught dead at a celebration "glorifying war." All that state-sponsored propaganda is absolutely sickening, isn't it?
By Brodie Thomas