Thursday, 23 April 2009

And the Band played Walzing Matilda

Now why did you do that David? You know that I feel honour bound, to watch all videos sent to me. So I watched and listened to the above and it brought to mind the time I read one of the books that brought home to me the real horror of war. Johnny Got his Gun.

Joe Bonham, a young soldier serving in World War I, awakes in a hospital bed after being caught in the blast of an exploding artillery shell. He gradually realizes that he has lost all of his mobility and his senses except for touch — he has lost his arms, legs, eyes, nose, ears, tongue, both jaws and all of his face — but that his mind functions perfectly, leaving him a prisoner in his own body. He tries to die by suffocating himself but he has been given a tracheotomy, which he cannot remove or control. He attempts to communicate with his doctors by banging his head on his pillow in Morse code. His wish is that he may be put in a glass tube and tour the country, to show people the true horrors of war. His wish is never granted, however, and it is implied that he will live the rest of his natural life in this condition.

As he drifts between reality and fantasy, he remembers his old life with his family and girlfriend, and reflects upon the myths and realities of war. He also forms a bond, of sorts, with a young nurse who senses his plight.
And what did you do then David? Why you mentioned Willie McBride and you knew what I would do. You knew I would go and look for it and then post it.

'The Devonshire regiment held this trench, The Devonshires hold it still"
Carved on 30 tombstones in a small graveyard on the Somme

Well, guys I hope you watch the above videos and listen to the words. And then think about our boys fighting in illegal wars and what fates some of our soldiers will meet.

But please do not let my hatred for war fool you into thinking that I and my kinsmen in the British National Party are not prepared to fight for our beliefs. We are prepared to die for what we value dearly. Our Freedom. What we are not prepared to do is see our sons and daughters die for nothing and we want them home. NOW.