I would wear a red poppy if it was a symbol of remembrance for all the victims of war, and not just the ones who did the killing. By excluding the non-military victims of war from remembrance, the red poppy upholds a moral hierarchy of worthy and unworthy victims: the heroic soldier who is worthy of respect and official commemoration, and the unworthy, unnamed civilians killed or maimed by the heroic soldier who remains unacknowledged and unremembered...Read this excellent piece here.
I would wear a red poppy if it did not function to hide the truth and obscure reality...
I would wear a red poppy if its fund-raising and symbolism had the true interests of the military personnel it purports to support at heart...
I would wear a red poppy if...
remembrance day: all the victims of war, not just the ones who did the killing
Posted by laura k at 11/09/2012 01:00:00 PM
Labels: canadian culture, history, human rights, nationalism, war and peace
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