Daley, Paul: Peace not war

Daley, Paul

A contest about peace not war‘, Canberra Times, 21 April 2013

Contrasts the Anzac Day AFL match with an Anzac Day parade in a small town.

My view has always been that Anzac commemoration, while largely a communal act in Australia, can be an intensely personal experience. Nobody has the right to be prescriptive about how individuals should reflect on that loss. But I’ve always believed the deaths of so many individuals, the maiming of so many others and the scarring of several generations of parents, children, spouses and siblings who loved them, place an obligation on us to look well beyond the apocryphal stories about how glory or salvation is to be found on the battlefields.

Also reflects on the aftermath of war.

 

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