Reflections on April25

24 04 2010

Today I remember the 250,000 Turks who died and the 400,000 wounded. Simple, ordinary men, called upon to do the extraordinary, defending their homeland in a war not of their making.

And today I remember the generosity of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk when he wrote

“Those heroes that shed their blood
and lost their lives;
You are now lying in the soil of a friendly country.
Therefore rest in peace.
There is no difference between the Johnnies
and the Mehmets to us where they lie side by side
here in this country of ours.
You, the mothers,
who sent their sons from far away countries,
wipe away your tears;
your sons are now lying in our bosom
and are in peace.
After having lost their lives on this land they have
become our sons as well.”

And today I remember the selflessness of the Turks who permit the descendants of those invaders to hold memorial services in Turkey, and I ask myself how we would feel if Germans and Japanese attempted the same thing here.

Lest we forget that WW1 was a war about trade; nothing more, nothing less.

A bayonet is a weapon with a worker at each end.

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4 responses

30 04 2010
Gabriella

Beautiful, just beautiful! 🙂
Thank you.

8 05 2010
creature

I agree with your sentiments but no battles of not during the 1st or 2nd WWs were fought here and apart from the Japanese killed in the internment camps I think your point’s a bit nebulous.

10 12 2011
Anonymous

ever heard of the Armenian genocide?

10 12 2011
leftrightout

Sure I have. But what has this to do with this post?

I wonder if your historical knowlege also encompasses the fact the the great architect of the Gallipoli Folly, Winnie Churchill, was also the one who authorised the use of gas on Kurds long before Saddam Hussein.

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