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World War I Nonsense

Some World War I commemorations are quite unusual. Earlier this summer the moat that surrounds the Tower of London was begun to be filled with 888,246 red ceramic poppies, one for each British and Colonial soldier who perished during World War I. It was done to make it look like blood. The last poppy will be symbolically planted on Armistice Day. I note some things in the text that accompanies the pictures of the poppies:

All countries involved have held memorials to remember their fallen dead who sacrificed their lives for the good of their country.

Even a hundred years later, we should not forget their incredible acts of heroism.

Regardless of why their countries went to war, we should never forget the selfless acts of these brave men.

For the good of their country? Did anything good come out of World War I? Can there be real heroism, selfless acts, and brave men in the midst of evil and folly? I suppose, but then we should also point out the same actions when they take place in street gangs and the Mafia—and among Nazi soldiers too.

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7:36 am on September 16, 2014