The 11th November is Remembrance or Armistice Day ,is a day used to remember the war dead, and since 1921 the Red Poppy has become a symbol of this for people to wear around this time.
Unfortunately, more and more this symbol has been misappropriated, used by the government and military as a justification of war, and even a symbol used by fascists wielded over those deemed ‘not British enough’, spreading falsehoods about how Muslims want poppies banned (even though Muslims fought for the allied troops during WWI and II, and continue to fight for the British and US military forces to this day).
More and more the glorification of war has become prevalent during the Remembrance Day celebrations, with what should be a sober and reflective event, being used as way to entice young people to join the military, giving them too the chance to become heroes.
What is never mentioned in these ”celebrations” is that conscription is just a fancy way of saying forced, as historically ordinary men and young boys were suited and booted, given guns and sent to be cannon fodder. The men who fought during the World Wars, were put in horrendous situations, forced to become killers overnight, and came back changed, with no support.
After the initial celebrations of their return, everyone was expected to smoothly readjust back to life, even though in some cases people had been away years, were returning with limbs missing, or other life changing illnesses, many with severe PTSD (which was yet to be understood), and the government and military washed their hands of them, as they had served their purpose, their usefulness long gone.
Even now, veterans come home and have to rely on charities like Help the Heroes or The British Legion to house them, provide counselling, and help them to reintegrate back into a civilian society. This is the job of the military and the government to pick up the pieces of these men and women, not the rest of us, for you cannot promote your own agenda in such a skewed way, and spit people out like some bloodthirsty machine, when the ripples of this are so far reaching, and affect so many.
In 1914 The Women’s Co Operative Guild’s congress stated that these ‘civilised nations should never again resort to the terrible and ineffectual method of war for the settlement of international disputes’ and began searching for a symbol to show that they stood for pacifism and were against the futility of war. In 1933 they came up with the white poppy, which they began making and selling, donating the money made to conscientious objectors around Europe, who were the victims of violence and abuse for their brave anti war stance.
In 1936 the Peace Pledge Union adopted this symbol as a symbol of the peace union, and began using the white poppy in their own alternative Remembrance Day events.
The White Poppy and The Purple Poppy (used to remember the animal victims of war) have become increasingly popular in recent years, as people have become more questioning of motives behind war, and the fact that the Red Poppy is becoming compulsory rather than a choice, due to the strong propaganda of the media, government and military.
The British Legion over the past few years have accepted money from one of the biggest arms dealers in the world Lockheed Martin, and in deed this year one of their Remembrance Day events is sponsored by them. Considering that around 90% of all deaths in war are civilian, I find this to be in extreme poor taste, and is one of the many reasons I choose to forgo the Red for the White Poppy.
Wearing the White Poppy or indeed the Purple, does not mean that I do not respect the losses of the military in these terrible conflicts, it merely is a symbol that we should remember ALL war dead, those that fought, and those that were part of the holocausts, genocides and were by caught stray bullets, land mines or bomb blasts along the way.
The British government spent £50,000000 on the Remembrance Day events, when we are living in a country with a rising use of food banks, growing homeless population, and a steel industry destroyed leaving thousands unemployed just in time for Christmas.
We don’t need money for reflection, because the lessons of the past tend to get lost in pomp and ceremony, for these gaudy displays are a mere misdirection of the current conflicts, and the shadowy motivations and alliances of our own leaders.
Of course, must never forget the past and the sacrifices made, but not at the expense of our future.
‘Lest we forget to move forward from the bloodshed’
From the director of the Blair Witch Project, The Objective is a film about a group of American soldiers in Afghanistan recruited by a CIA agent on the premise of finding a holy man he needs to interview. As the men are lured deeper into the dessert, they realise that all is not as it seems, and their mission is something far more dangerous than they were given to believe.
I’d describe The Objective as Sci-Fi Military Horror, which sounds like an excellent start for any film, but unfortunately, it just doesn’t pan out all that well for me.
To begin with, Jonas Bell, the actor who plays the main character Ben Keynes, and happens to be the narrator. Sadly, he can not enunciate to save his life, and mumbles his way through the majority of the film, which forced me to strain my ears every time he spoke. I also found him to be stiff, humourless and completely two dimensional, and his lack of animation just didn’t fit for this kind of film.
Slow, clunky, and honestly pretty boring for the most part, it felt like two thirds of clumsily lighting a firework, just for the thing to fizzle and spit a few times as the grand finale.
This could have been a great little horror, it has a solid script, with an original plot, but with the monotone narration, unconvincing execution and an ending that left you unfulfilled and frustrated that you let yourself get that far, I would say B+ for effort, but it didn’t do it for me.
The clichéd Apocalypse Now voice-over, was incredibly irritating and coupled with crappy FX, and a lack of humour, I’d recommend giving this one a complete swerve.
Apocalypse No. No Thank you.