Monday, November 14, 2011

The 11th of November

You know this blog is a cooperative affair with me filling the role of resident editor, a job to be carried out when no one else is inspired.  Today we have a rare treat: some thoughts from my better half, Sarah.  Simple in content, deep in meaning.  Enjoy and comment.

The background was this weekend's emphasis on reflection as we marked the eleventh of November.  Recently, during an email conversation about Remembrance Sunday celebrations in the UK, she was asked if we have any activities around the 11th of November and, what is called in England, Remembrance Sunday.

Her answer and reflections follow.

Well, yes, we do.  This year we went to the village where Olly, Christine, David and Susanne go to school as Christine had something to read during the ceremonies on the village square.  There was a marching band and all the typical things that are done.

We found out later that apparently Olly had refused to do the reading, and as I was wondering why, the teacher came up and told me that Olly had caused a big debate in the classroom!

With typical candour, he had said it would have been better for us to have all become German than to send all those young men to die in the war!  I realized afterwards that the text was against pacifism, but not knowing at the time I was a bit stunned by Olly's remarks but gave no answer to the teacher.

Well, as the ceremony went on and we all listened to a letter addressed to the nation from our President, I was shocked by what I perceived as an emotive, manipulative speech meant to fall on the ears of foggy-minded people!

Nicolas Sarkozy compared the two World Wars to the most recent wars in Afghanistan, and Libya, (aka peace-keeping missions and humanitarian interventions.)  This is where the foggy-minded people come in.

Doesn't anyone see that he was making such comparisons between things that can't be compared?  During the World Wars, if I understand correctly (and I'm starting to wonder),  we were defending ourselves and each other, whereas now, we are the aggressors against people who don't have the means to defend themselves!

Thinking a bit more about it I realized that in reality, we're losing a war now, in our own countries, and the hidden enemy is getting, or has already got the upper-hand!

It seems to me that today we are living in the aftermath of what people usually experience after losing a war; a loss of their rights and personal freedom, the liberty of speech and free expression.

But most apparent to me are the changes in the school programmes, the suppression of the learning of the national history and of our traditions, the rewriting of the history books, the repression of the Christian faith (except in churches with a new-speak, new world order preacher), the changing of the national character carried out by the schools and producing a nation of young people unrecognisable to their parents and their grandparents!

Isn't that what happened in Russia after the Bolshevik revolution?  So why is it happening to us now?  Did we have a revolution when we weren't looking?

While the powers-that-be allow a display of national feeling in the way of delusive and meaningless salutes and anthems, our world is slipping away from us imperceptively day by day in a war that we, as a people are not fighting, a war of intimidation and falsehoods.  If we are to resurface as a people, I don't believe it will be without many martyrs, real soldiers fighting truly for the futures of our offspring.

That's where the true fight for freedom should be going on, these others are just wars launched by murderers and thieves, blood-thirsty and covetous bullies, sending out believing and innocent young men and women to do their dirty work.

Let's step back and look at things objectively and unemotionally.; doesn't it say on the book of First John; "Be not deceived, he that doeth good is good, he that doeth evil is evil."?  Who did the aggression, the Afghanis or us, Colonel Gadaffi or NATO.  To remain silent is to consent.

I was touched by our son Olivier's integrity in standing up for his belief in the words of Jesus when He said, "Return good for evil" and "Turn the other cheek".  And when our President told us that the nation's sons had fallen so that the French flag would stand, my heart was stirred by the dreadful death of even one soldier.

And at that point I, too, would have preferred to be German.

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