Wednesday, 11 November 2009

The Eleventh Hour of the Eleventh Day of the Eleventh Month

Today marks 91 years since the signing of the Armistice between the Allies of World War 1 and Germany at Rethondes, France, for the end of hostilities on the Western Front. While this official date to mark the end of the war, hostilities continued in other regions, especially across the former Russian Empire and parts of the old Ottoman Empire.

There is no glory in war. War is brutal, cruel and repugnant. Innocent civilians, along with our armed forces, die in the most horrendous, hellish circumstances. Thousands of our armed forces are left with severely broken bodies and broken minds. Many will never recover enough to lead a normal life.

War should be the very last resort for any country to consider. History proves that all wars end in verbal communication with all sides. In recent years it has become much too easy for our politicians to send our troops to battle without sound reason. The millions who protested against the invasion of Iraq were ignored and those who kept silent were counted, by the politicians, as assenters.

These wars cause the long-term security of our islands to be questionable. The invaded will have long memories. The price of Iraq and now Afghanistan is too great.

Have a read of this while you listen to the beautiful, haunting music of the video.


The Big Dollop said...


God forbid we should EVER forget the sacrifice of those who have gone before us and those to are paying the price nowadays.


subrosa said...

I was listening to radio the other day BD and only 11% of senior school pupils knew what the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month actually meant.

Of course they know all about sex though.

Anonymous said...

91 years on and what have we learnt?

The wars today are fought on a false premises!!

subrosa said...

Some have learned war means business means financial gain Spook.

guinness said...

I doubt if we will ever learn from history. People aren't interested I suppose.
How many countries have fought and failed in Afghanistan ? This is our 3rd attempt I think. Bringing democracy to Afghanistan while we have dodgy elections ourselves or cede power to a corrupt EU is sheer hypocrisy.
Our generals tow the party line until they leave their posts and then they get out the knives and say it's unwinnable. Our troops contuinually join up to fight in the middle east despite all the reports of poor equipment, support, food, accommodation etc. These stories of poor equipment etc aren't new but go back to Gulf War 1 and even longer if you read accounts of the Boer War and Waterloo etc.
So nothing will ever change.
Our generals will go on saying we just need a few more troops, one final push and victory will be ours.
There will be a never ending supply of cannon fodder to fill our cemeteries. Cold in their graves at 21 with a bit of metal to show for their heroic efforts. And the people behind the scenes will make their deals and try and spin out ever more wars to make ever more money.
The locals in far off lands will get carpet bombed for trying to defend their homes.
And we will continue to vote Liberal, Labour or Conservative and flock to our parades.

Great Big Billygoat Gruff said...

And we will continue to vote Liberal, Labour or Conservative and flock to our parades.

Not in Scotland we won't, unless you live in Glasgow NE.

Clarinda said...

Excuse intrusion onto this section of your blog.
Postal vote registration in Glasgow North East reported at approximately 6500 = a 200% increase from the last election? Gosh - I wonder what could have possibly encouraged the electorate to be so keen to register? Is there a spare graphologist to check the writing on these forms?

subrosa said...

Wars will never stop until the last penny is in the bank for the elite guinness.

What worries me to day is the ease with which our politicians send 9000 troops on a fool's errand in order to impress the US.

The 'relationship' with the US is not healthy. But of course, it is a financially rewarding one for the power makers of both countries.

subrosa said...

There will never be change in our lifetime Billy, and somehow I see the change for the next generations will not be for the greater good.

subrosa said...

Clarinda, I read something somewhere from Purcell of Glasgow council that the council had been 'promoting' the benefits of postal voting and obviously people had become more aware.

Believe that if you like ...

wisnaeme said...

I see in the local rag today that the right honerable cretin, Ainsworth has been visiting a local primary school in a somewhat run down area of Coventry and answering questions on Afghanistan from the pupils.

Uh Huh, that will be the depraved giving an accounting of himself to the deprived, then?

...and not a lot different from the peoples partei accounting for themselves in Glasgow North East then?

Ach weel, there ye go. That will be the union dividend, be it in North or South Briton

...same old, same old Shite.

CrazyDaisy said...


Did my bit today in the Falklands, weird, I stood there thinking about all the sheeple around me, the Christian message, the corruption and all the padre said was we fight for each other and at times for our country!

How that rang so hollow, and met with the 5 Scots today, who incidentally have English Officers Commanding them STILL - nice way to dilute our self I predict a riot lol!


Delphius1 said...

After the overwhelming success of the first gulf war, politicians lost the fear of war. Thats why since then our armed forces have been sent into harms way numerous times.

The problem is inertia: they haven't yet grasped that things have changed: the enemy have adapted where we haven't. The technological superiority we had fighting against Iraqi conventional forces doesn't work against insurgents.

Our helicopter fleet is a real indication of this inertia: 20 years after the Iron Curtain was parted and 18 years after the first gulf war when our battlefield changed immensely, we are still flying aircraft designed to operate in a cold war temperate climate, unable to operate in the hot and high conditions of Afghanistan.

subrosa said...

Wisnaeme, isn't he the MP for part of Coventry?

Shame the pupils didn't get the truth - because Ainsworth doesn't know it.

subrosa said...

I'll bet that rang hollow CD, it would with me too.

Auch CD you know they'll stop at nothing to dilute our confidence. Thankfully the military are far more aware than most.

You take care.

subrosa said...

Politicians lost the fear of war Del and found the boost it gave their ego. Also of course that improves their standing with the arms suppliers.

Our procurement system is a disgrace. Mind you, once troops start leaving in a few years (because many are exhausted and know they can get a better paid job outside) then it will be more evident that our hardware supplies aren't fit for purpose.

Dark Lochnagar said...

You're right Rosie about the profits to be made from war, The International Banking Cartel, the Rothchilds of this world are making money from arming both sides and always have done so.

subrosa said...

And will continue to do so DL as they're part of the most powerful people in the world.

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