Anzac Day (via koan911 — the Jester of Jihad)

I didn’t do an ANZAC Day post this year but K9 has blog about this John Pilger article that is worthy of consideration.

Tomorrow, April 25th, 2011, is Anzac Day, a commemoration of the service of the Australian and New Zealand Armed Corps in wars fought elsewhere, for other nations. The Australian government is currently sponsoring advertisements on TV, (featuring a serviceman visibly maimed/disfigured in Iraq or Afghanistan or somewhere), exhorting Australians to "support the troops". John Pilger is "not taking any prisoners": Australia: America's Puppet State Ma … Read More

via koan911 — the Jester of Jihad

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2 thoughts on “Anzac Day (via koan911 — the Jester of Jihad)

  1. Noam Chomsky said in response to the “Support the troops” sloganeering, “What kind of policy is that?

    “…the point of public relations slogans like “Support Our Troops” is that they don’t mean anything […] that’s the whole point of good propaganda. You want to create a slogan that nobody is going to be against and I suppose everybody will be for, because nobody knows what it means, because it doesn’t mean anything. But its crucial value is that it diverts your attention from a question that does mean something, do you support our policy? And that’s the one you’re not allowed to talk about.”
    Media Control: The Spectacular Achievements of Propaganda

    I thought Australia was better than that, but American culture seems to have made its pernicious way to your country as well. It’s too bad, because Australian veterans deserve better, especially the ones who are returning maimed or killed in Afghanistan.

    1. I generally have an annual rant about our ANZAC Day because it has been hijacked by the pro war enthusiasts.

      It originally stood as an anti war celebration with the idea that “Never again” will we get involved in other people’s useless wars. Indeed, many of the old Diggers refused to take part in the day because any reminder of the senseless events brought back horrific memories.

      I have a rule now that I never go to an RSL (Returned Services League) club for a meal because they have tended towards pro war sentiments and if they had really served they would not be enthusiastic. It was also the last bastion of the White Australia Policy.

      These days Aussie Rules even try to promote the ANZAC Day footy match as a warlike struggle. How this does not enrage my fellow Aussies is simply beyond me.

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