ANZAC Day 2015 – Reflections On The 100th Anniversary
Another ANZAC day has come and gone, with the year 2015 most notably being the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings in modern day Turkey.
Another ANZAC day has come and gone. To those residing outside of Oceania, It’s the annual commemoration of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC), which is supposed to honor all Australians and New Zealanders “who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations” and “the contribution and suffering of all those who have served.”
Observed on the 25th of April, the same date the ANZAC’s first landed on the Turkish peninsula of Gallipoli to fight against the Ottoman Empire during World War I, this year was significant for being the 100th anniversary of the event.
In Australia, newspapers and the mainstream media went into overdrive promoting their long-dead ANZAC ancestors as undeniable heroes, who surely did not die in vain for heeding the imperialistic calls to battle from a much smaller island all the way across the world (Britain). In fact, the Australian soldiers fighting in the totally fabricated conflicts of recent years are given equally positive reception. Good gracious.
It’s the kind of military-loving nationalism which you would only imagine exists in the United States in this day and age. But unfortunately, Australia is among the most militaristic countries in the world per head of population. Only by having roughly 1/15th of the population of the United States, and the corresponding resource allocations to the military-industrial complex, does it prevent the island continent from being the southern hemisphere’s big bully in international affairs.
The entire nation has pretty much been sold out to the U.S. war machine in their encroachment of 21st century China, and weapons (oh sorry sorry, “defense”) manufacturers like Raytheon and Lockheed-Martin are well represented in the Australian capital territory or ACT.
It would seem like killing and potentially dying for the state is still something to be honored and celebrated in the “lucky country”. Either that, or the land down under is kissing the rear end of Uncle Sam just a little too much.
But why? Why are the Chris Kyle’s of the anglophone nations still eternally celebrated for their death tallies (or needless deaths), while any common citizen who takes the life of another human being is considered the scum of the Earth?
An early 90’s piece of popular culture addressed this philosophical standpoint, which is an era that all Generation X’ers (stereotyped for their cynicism) would vividly remember.
In this brief clip from the film ‘Wayne’s World’, the character Glenn (Ed O’Neill from ‘Married With Children’ fame) makes an astute observation on the rationalization of taking another human beings life. Implying that he has recently committed a homicide in the heat of passion, and that severe consequences would await him if authorities would find out, why would he be considered a hero if he took the lives of others under the moniker of “patriotism”, and dying for a piece of fabric called a flag?
It’s not a bad question to ask all those ‘heroic’ 20 and 30-something ANZAC’s who are living and breathing and fighting (for nothing worthwhile) today.
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