posted on Apr, 25 2013 @ 12:37 AM
Today in Australia we pay tribute to those fallen and returned soldiers who have fought in the wars our country has participated.
We honour their memories and their sacrifice to defend what makes our little country good.
What I have noted in the media has been the amount of firearms displayed. We see pictures and movies of soldiers carrying weapons and using them, for
the defence of freedom.
Though most Australians cant be trusted with guns we celebrate how effective they were used in defending the soldiers and our freedom. If those
soldiers had no weapons...
The US gun debate receives considerable attention over here, even to the point of the mornings West Australian newspaper sledging the US NRA. The
political cartoon depicts a bag with a bomb in it with the writing "Via Chechnya", next to it is an assortment of automatic rifles labelled NRA.
Indicating that both groups are terrorists organisations. Its an Alston cartoon and sadly I cant find a link to it anywhere.
I guess my concern is that while we may mark ANZAC day as a time to remember those who fought and fallen, many want to deny others the right those
many fought and died for. Freedom.
Just seems funny that on ANZAC day a political cartoon attacks the US NRA while our country acknowledges soldiers using guns to defend the country.
Just as an aside here is a quote by Mustafa Attaturk to the familys of the dead Australian, New Zealand and UK soldier who attacked the Turks and lost
“Heroes who shed their blood and lost their lives! You are now lying in the soil of a friendly country. Therefore rest in peace. There is no
difference between the Johnnies and Mehmets to us where they lie side by side here in this country of ours. You, the mothers, who sent their sons from
far away countries wipe away your tears; your sons are now lying in our bosom and are in peace. After having lost their lives on this land they have
become our sons as well.”
― Mustafa Kemal Atatürk