Remembrance Day 2012

“Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori” These words from Horace have survived since ancient times. Yet more often nowadays we read it in other contexts like: Ezra Pound: “some in fear, learning love of slaughter; Died some “pro patria, non dulce non et decor.” or Wilfred Owen’s excoriating Dulce et decorum est: “If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood Come gargling from … Continue reading Remembrance Day 2012

ANZAC Day: remembering some ordinary diggers, not famous, not important #ANZAC

Another ANZAC Day and another day to remember the sacrifices made by Australian and New Zealand forces. Those who serve in battle never get off lightly, even if they manage to survive seemingly unscathed. This year I remember some family members – Claude and Tim from Crows Nest, and Henry Demas – who fought in the Second World War. These men were ordinary working class … Continue reading ANZAC Day: remembering some ordinary diggers, not famous, not important #ANZAC

Palestinian question – an interesting insight

Just recently came across an old transcript of an interview with Martin van Creveld (one of my favourite military writers – he wrote good books on command in war and technology of war). He gives a really interesting perspective on the problems Israel is having in Gaza, strangely enough things have not improved any since this 2002 interview. Foreign Correspondent – 20/03/2002: Interview with Martin … Continue reading Palestinian question – an interesting insight