Friday, November 11, 2005

11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month

Why do the Firangi commemorate the Armistice Day? The cessation of the pointless conflict wasn't followed by a new dawn, not even a mottled dawn. In the West it brought economic upheavals that led to the Depression. It brought fascism. Further East, it brought communism. In the Middle East the peace ended all peace - they are still fighting the wars of Ottoman succession in Gaza and Baghdad. So why commemorate this non-event?

Or may be it is an appropriate day to honour the veterans. After all, are most of the veterans not the poor and the dispossesed, or the simpletons who buy the line about the God and the Flag? What better day then to commemorate the lot whose is to simply obey and die than the non-end of a pointless conflict?