It has to be said that ANZAC Day is one of my favourite Australian holidays. It used to be one that I hated.
When I was a teenager (read: ignorant and arrogant) I loathed the whole concept, because I thought it was glorifying war. My silly adolescent brain had not yet grasped the concept of being able to respect, honour, admire and thank the servicemen and women without thinking that war was a good idea.
I can’t be sure when that changed for me — when it suddenly occurred that not one person marching or applauding or wearing their grandad’s medals actually thinks war is a good idea.
The only people who think wars are a good idea are the ones making money from it … the arms dealers, and a certain kind of politician who makes money from arms dealing. Dick Cheney, i’m looking at you.
There was a lot of shit talked on Twitter today about ANZAC Day. A lot of shit talked by a few so-called intellectuals, feminists, small-l liberals who think they have a superior take on the concept.
I won’t name them. You’d only have to look through my twitter feed to see who i called an arseclown today. There’ll be a few — there usually are — but you’ll figure it out if you’re that interested.
The point is, these ‘smart’ people seem to have an adolescent-like blockage when it comes to ANZAC Day. Apparently it’s a celebration of killing and rape and the suppression of women.
Arguing with this particular band of ‘intellectuals’ is a pointless waste of time. One or two of them respond very badly to being disagreed with. They usually resort to meanness and belittling, and eventually, personal abuse.
As someone said in response to a particularly offensive piece of ‘intellectual’ anti-ANZAC arseclownery: “My grandfather fought for your right to say whatever bullshit you like, and my right to tell you you’re a fucking moron. Win/win.”
Can’t say it better than that.
I hope your ANZAC Day was the peace-filled, thankful, respectful day you wanted it to be. Mine certainly was.
Thanks for your service, all you past, present and future Australian soldiers, sailors and airmen and women.