Posted by: Dan | November 11, 2005

I Don't Wear a Poppy

I don't wear a poppy because I remember who it was that died to make me free. I remember Jesus and his refusal to fight even the enemies of his loved ones.

I don't wear a poppy because I remember that governments cannot make me more or less free, only more or less comfortable.

I don't wear a poppy because I remember that 'the war to end all wars' was followed by another war in which we fire bombed Japanese and German civilians. And I remember the atrocities that our oh so victorious armies have continued to commit around the world.

I don't wear a poppy because I am ashamed of the government of my nation and because I mourn the things which it glorifies.

I don't wear a poppy because a poppy symbolises a false memory and disguises our collective forgetfulness.

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