JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: CHANGING THE NATURE OF REMEMBRANCE DAY   Leave a comment

JOHN CHUCKMAN
 
POSTED RESPONSE TO A COLUMN BY REX MURPHY IN TORONTO’S GLOBE AND MAIL

That’s just not true, Rex.

Remembrance Day comes out of WWI, a vast and pointless war in which all the sides involved were imperial powers.

Queen Victoria’s progeny sat on half the thrones of Europe. The Kaiser and the British monarch were related.

How was Britain’s empire over India and other lands any different at all than Germany’s Reich. It wasn’t, not at all.

WWI was about the European balance of power. It was also the result of heavily armed states and arms races.

Huge armaments and standing armies just always get “used.” They do not keep peace or preserve principles, ever.

And if Germany had won? Well, first, there never would have been a Hitler ot a Holocaust or a Russian Front, the most titanic bloody battle in human history.

Second, European states would, over future decades, gradually have adjusted largely back to their origins over time, just as they always do after great imperial conflicts.

I am always touched by the thought of the men in the trenches, but not because all those people died horribly for any great cause, rather because they died for nothing and killed for nothing. And their leaders were incompetent in very many cases.

Your way of thinking about this, Rex, leads nowhere worth going.

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