Sanitised and whitewashed: a disastrous, senseless war is upgraded
In Global Research, Lesley Docksey dissects the forthcoming WW1 celebration:
“It is, despite our financial situation, spending millions to help fund local and national ‘commemorative events’.”
A few of the points made are summarised here.
The government website says: “The IWM London was founded in 1917 to record the then still-continuing conflict”.
No: “The Imperial War Museum was founded in 1917 to demonstrate “the futility of war and that heroism is bought at too great a price”.
The Ministry of Culture was approached by a national peace organisation wishing to be involved, highlighting the essence of the message ‘Never Again’ – that WWI was ‘the war to end all wars’.
The ministry (understandably) replied that this “did not fit within the Government’s own centenary programme.” The Government wishes to “encourage a greater understanding of all aspects of the war”
Culture Secretary Maria Miller says “On 4 August 1914 we entered the war – a war like no other the world had seen. It is right we remember . . .the price that was paid by all involved.”
And that price was predominantly paid by the common man. There was scarcely a family that went untouched by the death or disablement of someone. To the whole generation of men lost is added the generation of widows and fatherless children, of women who never married.
The author points out that ‘The politicians, generals, armaments manufacturers did not pay the price’ adding: “Nor have they in more recent conflicts, which shows how little we’ve learnt in the last hundred years”.
Many councillors urged that funding for a ‘Folkestone Arch’ be given because of its commercial potential
At the Shepway District Council meeting to decide on funding of £200,000 for Folkestone’s planned Memorial Arch many councillors urged that funding be given because of the arch’s commercial potential. One resident’s response to this:
“I can’t help feeling some disgust …. This anniversary should be an occasion to honour the dead, but also to reflect soberly on their sacrifice and the leaders who sent them to their pointless deaths – but turning the anniversary into a tawdry competition for tourist revenue dishonours them on just about every level.”
The author adds that peace organisations are planning events more in keeping with the gravity of WWI, ending with a topical reference:
“The four years of commemoration planned by the government should have at its heart a programme of education around the utter failure of the politicians and leaders that led to the outbreak of war, the desire of some to go to war for monetary reasons, and the appalling incompetence of the military leadership that led to such a waste of lives. Talking about the ‘sacrifice’ of that waste only sanitises the slaughter.
“But to focus on the folly of WWI and the folly of the government’s plans for commemorating the war rather than looking at the lessons we haven’t learned, would only point a finger at the current failure over Syria. And we couldn’t have that, could we?”
Posted on September 13, 2013, in Conflict of interest, Corporate political nexus, Government, Media, Vested interests and tagged Armaments manufacturers, Culture Secretary Maria Miller, Folkestone Arch, Generals, Global Research, Government’s centenary programme, Imperial War Museum, Lesley Docksey, Ministry of Culture, Peace organisations, Syria, WW1. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.