One of the more of the many appalling – things – incidents – catastrophes of WW1 that happened:
Australia and New Zealand and the UK and – we should NEVER forget – Turkey – were embroiled in this utterly futile and destructive stretched-out battle. So many young men – teenagers, on both sides, were doing their best to kill each other, probably without any idea of the politics behind that war.
So many young lives wasted.
So many parents and siblings mourning.
So many families grieving forever.
Now the wannabe warlord/tsar of the world is wreaking his hubris on Ukraine – a place fought over for centuries. Who’s next? Poland, aka the battleground of Europe?
When I was a child, my family and I often visited the War Memorial in Canberra. For me, it was an important way of learning part of our history, and I learned so much from those visits: respect, sorrow, and – hey – let’s NEVER do that again.
Now I completely and utterly deplore the Australian War Memorial’s morphing into being a celebration of war. I don’t see anything in their glorification of war that supports the amazing efforts of the people of Ukraine. That is so sad.
I want the AWM to return to what it used to be: a memorial.
It’s not a memorial or a museum now. Instead, it’s – under its current leadership – a glorification of endless war.
My father served in the RAAF throughout WW2. He would be appalled by the current state of the “museum”.