Remembering the dead

I’m so sick of people celebrating soldiers on Remembrance Day. War is a tool of patriarchy to maintain patriarchy. As a problem-solving tool it has failed utterly and totally for at least 15,000 years. Who but a man, conditioned to think that ‘might makes right’ would even dream up the idea that fighting would solve a problem?

I do not honour soldiers who we now piously say offered up their lives for the sake of freedom. Young men who sign up to learn to kill other human beings are dupes who’ve swallowed toxic ideas of what it means to be a man. Listen to this: real men don’t kill.

When countries now sign up to receive a contingent of U.N. peace-keeping forces, they know they’re sacrificing their women and children, who will be raped en masse by these “peacekeepers”. There is never peace for women.

There are those who say men fight to protect women. I think the recent American election has put the lie to that. Men fight to own women.

There was a brief time, in the 1960’s and 70’s, when young men refused to kill for the lies their countries told them. Those young men were applauded. What has happened since then?

I’ll tell you what’s happened. The forces of patriarchy regrouped and rebranded. They found new ways to entrap the young. So fascism, by all manner of false names, is on the rise.

If you want to use today to remember, then remember all the dead women and children whose bodies litter the promenades of the wealthy male industrialists.


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