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25 April 2005 @ 12:54 pm
anzac day, 2005  
anzac day, the war rememberance day for australia & new zealand soldiers who fought, primarily in world war 1 but in all wars.

watching the dawn service on tv, at anzac cove, gallipoli (turkey). my dad is there right now. i wonder what he's feeling, sensing? the sun is breaking in the distance; 90 years ago today there were battles on that cove, blood was shed, lives were lost.

war is such a waste.

but, the irony here makes me shake my head & laugh in disbelief. john howard (australian prime minister) talking about the anzacs, talking about peace. prayer for peace and living in safety. but we don't learn, do we? howard didn't think twice about sending our australian troops over to iraq in 2003, even though the majority of australians did not support the so-called "war on terrorism". they talk of peace, but why don't they act by that too? empty, meaningless words. it makes me sad. the commentators on the tv just spoke about "incompetent leaders" which led to a failed battle in gallipoli and so many deaths. it could be 90 years ago, it could be today. no-one ever learns from the mistakes of those before.

&oh i know it's all so much more complicated than this. that war is never black & white, right or wrong.

but it makes me so sad.


poppies for rememberance.

fructiferousfructiferous on April 25th, 2005 03:49 am (UTC)
oh wow, it didn't even click for me that that's why your dad was going to turkey.

i was really bothered by people i saw on tv at gallipoli this morning behaving like it was a concert or something. cheering and carrying on. i'm not into anzac day- i don't believe in days that tell me how to feel, but the nature of anzac day is solomn. you don't applaud, you don't cheer. i think watching the bee gees on a giant screen completely defies the whole point of travelling to anzac cove for the dawn service. it's not supposed to be fun, it's supposed to be humbling. yeesh! /rant
    scarlet's walkkisstheviolets on April 25th, 2005 03:52 am (UTC)
yes, i agree!! it's like when they wanted John Farnham to go over & perform there, good thing the NZ prime minister was able to say "no" (yay for smart females, haha). i think that would be so disrespectful, really. i mean, dancing on people's graves like.

anzac day is usually not a *huge* deal for me, although i feel awful saying that, but i know it has meant SO MUCH for my dad to go over this year... so watching it on tv was like sharing a tinytiny part of what my dad must be experiencing right now.

jupiterava__ on April 25th, 2005 04:31 am (UTC)
thats just what i was thinking thismorning,
we never fucking learn.
Catherine Earnshawgiantessmess on April 25th, 2005 05:47 am (UTC)
amen, jade. i couldn't say it better.

anzac day's never been a big deal for me either. but i just don't know what we're supposed to think. we have one day where we tut-tut at past political leaders, and war, and incompitance. then for the rest of the year, we're supposed to take a back seat and deal with howard sending even more troops?

anyway, <3 to you
love graffiti dancing in the streetsurban_ballerina on April 25th, 2005 09:30 pm (UTC)
there should be no anzac day to start with.

but i guess thats why there is one. humans i just wanna shake them.