The cost of the Chamberlain approach

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By Alwyn Poole

The ANZAC Day piece by Glenn McConnell, Anzac day should be a time of reflection not celebration or patriotism is the most woefully ignorant piece of writing, philosophically and historically that I have ever read.
I could take it apart word by word but highlighting just one sentence from it is enough:

Those men’s deaths should stand to remind us all that war must be avoided at all cost, and lives must be treasured.

This was exactly Chamberlains approach in the mid-late 1930s and a reasonable estimate is that – compared to an early confrontation with Germany – it cost the world 70 million lives – including the attempted genocide of the Jewish people.

Should all of the Western armies have laid down and allowed the Nazi’s to simply walk through? Should Britain have simply invited the Germans over after Dunkirk? Should the United States have ceded the Pacific after Japan attacked Pearl Harbour?

Should the British have allowed the unholy alliance of the Muslim Mufti and Hitler to control the middle-east? In today’s world should people simply allow Islamic terrorists their way because fighting back must be “avoided at all costs”?

It is trendy for young people with very little understanding of the past (or the present for that matter) to criticise Patriotism and Nationalism – and ANZAC Day.

Last year I sat with my Dutch father-in-law while he neared death. He spent six years in occupied Holland as a child and my wife and my children are eternally grateful that courageous men and women understood that you fight back against tyranny and evil is never appeased.

I have spent time with significant war veterans. They are heroes and patriots and those currently alive and all those who passed deserve a huge apology from Glenn McConnell for that article. He needs to do a whole lot more thinking rather than follow trends and he needs to stop allowing his friends in the bubble to tell him how to think.

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