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We need to reject warfare

07 November, 2019

• PLANS for Remembrance Day events to honour those who died in past wars do not reflect the reality of what happened.

The majority of those killed in war are civilians, yet the focus of official remembrance events in this country is on the military (and very specifically “our” military).

Given the role of the armed forces, it would be truer to say that the official events honour not those who died in war, but those who killed in war.

It’s long overdue that we had remembrance events focused on an unconditional rejection of warfare – not on the glorifying of it and on support for preparation for future wars. That’s why I’m wearing a Peace Pledge Union white poppy this week.



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