The enscription on the gravestone of 2nd Lieutenant Arthur Conway Young, who died on August 16, 1917, reads thus:
"Sacrifice to the fallacy that war can end."
The corpse worship that goes on every November 11th is not a call to end war, it is a call for blind support of war. And those who call for it the most are often the profiteers of war. In England, BAE (the biggest supplier of military equipment in the country) is the principal "sponsor" of the British Legion.
November 11th is not the day for silencing dissent, which is what is demanded by a "moment of silence". It is a day for speaking out, for saying that war crimes are being committed, that the worst war criminals are the ones who have never set foot on a battlefield. Those who bribe politicians and dictate foreign policy are calling for more and more wars.
Iran does not have nuclear weapons any more than Iraq did, but it does have oil. Syria is not a "threat to destablize the middle east", but it is a short cut between Iraq's oil fields and the Mediterranean sea, bypassing Iran, Oman, Somalia and Egypt. All such wars of terror being waged by the "west" are wars for profit.
I am not "disrespecting" soldiers for refusing to wear a pro-war symbol, a piece of plastic designed to look like the flower of one of the world's most addictive substances. By refusing to wear one I am supporting those wear uniforms because I oppose wars waged for the profit of the rich at the expense of the poor, at the expense of democracy. Those who demand my silence and criticize my decision are supporters of mass murder.
"Robert Fisk: Time the poppy's wilted petals of hypocrisy were thrown away"