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The illegal invasion of the Ottoman Turkish Empire

06/04/2015

And it came to pass that Australia and New Zealand would commemorate the 100th anniversary of the illegal invasion of the Ottoman Turkish Empire on the Gallipoli peninsula and the killing and maiming of its shit-scared children there in 1915. These children became endowed with hereditary qualities of courage, sacrifice and above all mate-ship, something which had never existed before April 1915. Moreover it could not be replicated; it was and is an uniquely Australian trait.

The governments’ programme celebrates and commemorates a miserable pointless chapter in 20th century warfare. The emphasis will be not be on the actual war that was violently lost. Rather the governments seek to stir up positive sentiment about the valour and sacrifice of Australian and New Zealander soldiers. In this way, it is hoped, the suspicion of governments undertakings abroad can be overcome. The event distracts the anesthetized general public to look where they are told to look by the leaders—and, certainly not at the real issues facing their lives.

This has to be the premier exercise in propaganda—a commemoration so daft yet so readily accepted as possessing some significance for our sunburnt country and that of New Zealand—that it marks the birth of ‘national consciousness’ in these two nations.

New Zealand’s role in the Australian discourse consists of a by-line, whereas the majority allies are ignored altogether as if this project was exclusively Australian. Let’s correct this: total allied deaths were 43,000 British, 15,000 French, 8,700 Australians, 2,700 New Zealanders and 1,370 Indians. Total Ottoman Turkish Empire  deaths were around 60,000. New Zealanders suffered the highest percentage of Allied deaths when compared with population size, but the percentage of Ottoman Turkish Empire deaths was almost twice theirs.

The Anzac legend is informed by ‘endurance,’ ‘sacrifice,’ ‘mate-ship.’ Values that remain important to Australian governments who, in a materialistic, secular and individualistic society, try to persuade it’s citizens to volunteer for the military or serve as police officers or fire fighters. People willing to subordinate their individual needs and take risks for the interest of the collective.

The commemoration calendar deflects any or all debate about the legitimacy of war. This was obvious during the invasion of sovereign Iraq in 2003, when Prime Minister John Howard silenced critics when troops were deployed in Iraq. Our tradition is about honouring volunteer soldiers. You might not support the war but you must support our heroes, ergo you support the war. Do the young men and women who wrap themselves in the Australian flag at Gallipoli understand that sanctifying blood sacrifice in invasions of sovereign lands is meant to prepare them for the next war?

It is revealing that those leaders who send our troops to war and those that spread war propaganda are the ones who choose to wear poppies weeks in advance of Armistice Day. This is Albert Einstein’s reply to these leaders,

That a man can take pleasure in marching in fours to the strains of a band is enough to make me despise him. He has only been given his big brain by mistake; unprotected spinal marrow was all he needed. This plague-spot of civilization ought to be abolished with all possible speed. Heroism on command, senseless violence, and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism—how passionately I hate them! How vile and despicable seems war to me!

Those people quick to support wars of no direct interest to Australia or Australia’s security typically pay lip service to war’s horrors, but support sending our children to  fight them anyway. Their excuses often follow predictable patterns based on historical errors, ill-founded speculations, and appeals to patriotic emotion and knee-jerk loyalty, rather than on rational-fact-based arguments.

Our government uses fear and intimidation to push the “terrorist threat.” Are Australians really under constant threat of being killed by terrorists? No, they are not — though our government would like for us to think so.

Terrorism is the best political weapon for nothing drives people harder than a fear of sudden death. ~Adolph Hitler

Why of course the people don’t want war … But after all it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship … Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country. ~Hermann Goering, Nazi leader.

The easiest way to gain control of a population is to carry out acts of terror. [The public] will clamour for such laws if their personal security is threatened. ~Josef Stalin

By having this war on terror that can never be won, they are able to continue taking people’s liberties away.

An ignorant population is necessary to insure total leadership. Such a population does not know its rights, does not seek an understanding of issues, and does not question authorities. The mainstream media propagates: made-up-statistics, lies, spin, illusions and omissions. It follows that people don’t know what to think until they get the nod from the mainstream media.

I learned from London 15 February 2003 that marching and demonstrating in the street is ineffective. It does not stop the rulers waging wars. Other ways need to be found to control these psychopaths and keep our children safe from endless wars.

Updated: 6 April 2015

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