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Remember What?

On Remembrance Sunday, what are we actually remembering? Are we remembering the horrors of war? The huge destruction of lives and families? The horrors that those that survived had to live with.

Or have we started to remember something else? Have we started to instead remember a romanticised version of war? The bravery of those lost their lives. The glory of their patriotic sacrifices.

Whenever I see the displays put on around these events, I fear that we are remembering the latter. Politicians line up to say their praise for the sacrifice. To acknowledge the loss, and yet are quick to sanction further "deployments" and "interventions". Then act surprised when more people die.

The memorial state "least we forget". Forget what? Perhaps they should have been more specific.

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