Friday, 26 June 2009

What a depressing day.

If it's not the hypocritical media, it's the teenagers (yes, I'm barely 20 but it's the 14 year olds I'm referring to) who were not alive around the peak of Micheal Jackson's powers all wallowing in grief for a man they haven't even been in the same continent as for their entire lives. It is a tragedy and yes, in this cold ruthless world some may argue it is paramount that we show class, integrity and allow those to cry for their hero of such a important figure in popular culture. However as much as that sounds idyllic, we cannot rest on our laurels and allow the media hyperbole of such a passing covers over the cracks in current affairs; the recent diabolic area of conflict over Iran, the continuation of kidnapping British civilians in Iraq and the intricate methods of ending such a war that didn't need to happen.

I type away with a possible broken bone in my foot from a heavily twisted ankle from footballing yesterday with the rain pouring and I feel nothing but sympathy for those killed in the battlefields in the amidst of Armed Forces Day tomorrow. For Micheal Jackson, I feel it was his time and the stresses of the tour would of taken so much out of his frail body that he would only fall into deep exhaustion and even depression once it was over because it would of been the end of his career despite the pinnacle it may have it been.

God bless all those who have died recently, may your deaths not be in vain. On a side note, I read this earlier on the subject of British inventiveness and Canadian assistance in murdering their own sheep in preparation of an Allied attack on the enemy. Rather interesting I thought.

1 comment:

The Plashing Vole said...

I'm vaguely sorry for someone who lived his life in public, but not very much.

I shall be ignoring Armed Forces Day very carefully. For every just war, there's a whole list of unjust ones - supporters of the British forces in particular never get round to mentioning the multiple invasions of other countries, the massacres (Ireland, Scotland, Kenya et al.) for the sole purpose of conquest. They've killed enough of my fairly recent ancestors in living memory in the course of imperialist conquest for me to withhold any sentiment for individuals.

If this day commemorated the deaths of any soldiers from all countries, I might feel differently, but the British forces have lots of innocent blood on its hands. Who thought of using poison gas on the Kurds first? Not Saddam, but Churchill - gas delivered by the Royal Flying Corps, later renamed the RAF.

The modern armed forces are staffed by volunteers - people who want to kill people. They don't get my respect or sympathy. They aren't protecting us or keeping us safe: these wars have made us less secure. OK, they're following political orders - but they signed up for war knowing they might be sent to any kind of conflict.