"Cowardice asks the question...is it safe? Expediency asks the question...is it politic? Vanity asks the question...is it popular? But conscience asks the question...is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but one must take it because it is right." ~Dr. Martin Luther King

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Sorry,Sir Robert

Sir Robert,

Henry was my grandfather. Your generation. For the most part, four thousand miles removed from
yourself. Maybe you've met him since.

His son James was one of the Royal Scots Fusiliers you may have seen when you visited the rat and lice infested mud holes of trenches shared with your Canadians .

They became ready made graves after when it proved impractical because of the numbers to remove   dead and broken remains.

James was wounded in France, sent  home to recover from his injuries ,re- called still not recovered to be sent to Dardanelles and  killed immediately upon landing.

Sorry for the confusion about your first name.

I wish I was wrong about all the rest.

But it's a sad fact you learned too late about the reality of war.

Unfortunately nobody  learned from your experience.

War is still clad in dress informs, adorned with gilded laurel leaves, rows of colored ribbons, flags, theatrical performances  and marching bands to commemorate the vainglory and maintain the institution .


Anonymous said...

Awesome, Lady

Anonymous said...

Your rhetoric is easy on this one Evelyn, if not cheap. Still, though, war is thrust upon us at times. Some more "worthy" than others, none the true stuff of Hollywood. Somehow we must raise a force - the others do.

Anonymous said...

One may " raise " a force. In fact, a country should have a force. But the reasons to deploy force instead of peace-keepers should still be absolutely clear. That seldom happens.

Anonymous said...

Right on Evelyn!

Anonymous said...

17:28- I don't think its ever happened.