Saturday, April 25, 2009

ANZAC

We remember those who sacrificed their lives to give us freedom today.

Pvte Arthur Thomas Lloyd, New Zealand Expeditionary Force, my Grandmother's brother.
Killed in action in the field, France, 1st September 1916, aged 20.


I am thankful that my Grandfather returned, likewise my 2 Uncles from WW2 and my own father from Korea.

War takes much but also gives much.

We were given the precious gift of freedom and in many respects, a gift that we are now squandering.

We have lived well on the back of those sacrifices but those days are drawing to an end.

Like all centuries before, this one also poses a new set of challenges. We would be fools to think that mankind will live in peace forever more.

As I read, hand painted on the back of a truck in Niger many years ago
"Life is war have a safe journey"

There are many dangerous people out there.

Environmentalists who deny our very right to exist.
Socialists who desire to tell us how to live.
Muslims who wish to impose their beliefs on our culture.

Each time we take a single step back we are just bringing the new risks one step closer.

Update. Right on cue, a gutless, anonymous apologist who rates my ancestor's and every other fallen soldier's sacrifice worthy of a 4/5 rating. These are the people who take not one but 2 steps back.

7 comments:

KG said...

Yes indeed. A fine post for this day Lou.

Lee S. said...

Good post. When were you in Niger? I passed through in 87'.

Lou Taylor said...

We were there 85. Drove through to Chad.

Socrates said...

"We remember those who sacrificed their lives to give us freedom today.

Pvte Arthur Thomas Lloyd, New Zealand Expeditionary Force, my Grandmother's brother.
Killed in action in the field, France, 1st September 1916, aged 20.

I am thankful that my Grandfather returned, likewise my 2 Uncles from WW2 and my own father from Korea.

War takes much but also gives much.

We were given the precious gift of freedom"

Was ll that is needed.. then you turned a good post bad by going political.. so I gave you 1 rating

binSchmidt said...

A fine post until, in your update, you equated the sacrifices made with your post about it.

Lou Taylor said...

Unfortunately, human nature, war/peace and politics are just different sides of the same coin. Whilst I mourn our losses if we do not learn from history we are doomed to repeat it.

As long as people want access to other peoples property, resources or even culture, war will be the human default setting.

As much as we might be happy to put our heads in the sand and pretend the world is a big happy place, reality says that there are people out there who will stop at nothing to achieve their ends. We ignore and diminish them at our peril.

History has treated unprepared people poorly. We have weakened our western societies by forgetting the true cost of freedom.

This is not politics but human nature. Know your enemy because he knows you.

WAKE UP said...

On behalf of my uncles who survived, and the one who remains Missing In Action Believed Dead to this day, Thanks Lou.

And for you who took issue with Lou: The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.