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Cahill, Rowan: Martial love

Rowan Cahill

Martial love’, The Guardian (London), 7 May 2003 (reprint)

‘Part of the Anzac Myth is the proposition that Australia is a Peace-loving nation, that Peace is the preferred option of the Australian people, that as a nation, Australia only reluctantly goes to War. Sadly, and disturbingly, history suggests otherwise … Dewy eyed celebration of Anzac Day 2003, politically heightened by the emotion of an ongoing war, coupled with the apparent electoral appeal of the repulsive “war-leader” posturing of Prime Minister John Howard, suggest the martial spirit is alive and well in 21st century Australia, and probably will be for some time to come.’