Armistice Day is better day to commemorate WW I casualtiesPosted: November 12, 2017
The Editor, The Dominion Post, Wellington
10 November, 2017
The 11th of November is a better day to commemorate the casualties of WW I than ANZAC day; the armistice to end the war was signed on that day in 1918. Not that the European empires which signed the peace treaty were exonerated for the crime of starting the war. Nor does it show that sending troops to a colonial war in Europe was wise in the end; that was not a moral way to come to a sense of nationhood.
The ramifications of WW I carried through the 20th century and maybe even the worst of it carried into the present day by influences on wars of aggression in the Middle East such as the invasion of Iraq, showing that the lessons needing to be learned were not. We still have a ways to go in a world of nuclear weapons and climate disruption to achieve a mentality leading to a society which will be survivable or sustainable.