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war propaganda Remembrance Day fight for freedom slavery peace white poppyIt's been fashionable in certain "anti-imperialist" quarters of late to adopt the "white poppy" in lieue of the traditional red one we wear to commemorate the sacrifices of our veterans who fought for our freedom.

What is the white poppy about? I suppose most "peace activists" who wear them would have difficulty articulating it, in the same manner that the Occupy Movement's leaderless cult could not enunciate a clear position on anything. But the smarmy, condescending, utterly dishonest screeds we've seen of late in the left-wing rag Rabble (Lest we remember and The red poppy: Symbol of peace or symbol of war?) pretty well nail the basics: war is bad, Canadian (read: Western) military involvements are inevitably unjust and counterproductive and Remembrance Day is really about distracting us from those truths.

It's bunk.

Our soldiers fight -- and continue to fight -- for freedom. In the past, that was freedom from the tyranny of Nazism, Italian fascism and Japanese imperialism, all essentially race-based ideologies of terror towards all other subjugated peoples. Today, our...More >>

We shall not forget.

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in flanders fields remembrance day veterans war politicsIn Flanders fields the poppies blow

Between the crosses, row on row,

That mark our place; and in the sky

The larks, still bravely singing, fly

Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago

We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,

Loved and were loved, and now we lie,

In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:

To you from failing hands we throw

The torch; be yours to hold it high.

If ye break faith with us who die

We shall not sleep, though poppies grow

In Flanders fields.

- John McCraeMore >>

propagandist war politics terror freedom usa canada commentary opinion newsIt was to be the war to end war. At 11 'o' clock on November 11, 1918, the guns fell silent over the battlefields of the First World War. Europe was devastated. A charnel house that had seen the death of millions, soldiers and civilians. Now there was time for an accounting of the dead. The sheer horror of the conflict might have been enough to make politicians renounce war forever. As it happened, a mere generation was enough for memories to fade.

The Second World War and all of the smaller wars that occured in the twenty year gap (like the invasion of Manchuria by Japan, the invasion of Ethiopia by Italy, the annexations of European territories by the Nazis, and so on) ought to have put to rest any notion that "war" was history. We are as likely to see the end of war as we are to see the end of crime, or a permanent solution to cockroaches and bedbugs.

But it is critically important to remember not merely who fights the wars, but who...More >>

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