SATURDAY 8 NOVEMBER 2014
1200 TO 1600 HRS
Veterans For Peace and supporters held a Remembrance Gathering in preparation for our ceremony at The Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday.
This was the largest gathering of VFP members in the UK so far.
A briefing for the Ceremony at The Cenotaph was given
Rehearsals for the following day took place
Premier of the film made by Real News of the VFP UK solidarity trip to Northern Ireland
Veterans For Peace members panel.
VFP UK Merchendise was available to purchase.
No offence taken, why do you think I would be offended? People remember in all sorts of ways.
Whilst I mean no disrespect to any veteran of any conflict, my thoughts this year are going to be dedicated to all the thousands of children, men women and children who have and continue to be die and suffer for our dependency on hydro carbons that fuel materialist consumer driven capitalist economies and our actions to secure it at any costs. Yes, I am part of that too by my use of it, but I think about the cost of our actions on oil and gas rich lands, directly or indirectly, every time I go into a Walmart, turn on a light switch, start the engine on my van, and eat the food that is available thanks to oil.
Another casualty of modern war and mass consumerism is the planer that we all share. I will think about this too as we continue to consume an energy resource that is a finite as it is deadly!
RAF 1987 -2006
My thought will be for all victims of war, including those who fight in them, those on the receiving end and especially for those greedy power hungry deluded maniacs who start them.
No offence intended mate, my point here, not very well articulated as it was, refers to the fact that, very often, and more so in Iraq and Afghanistan, thousands of ordinary men, women and children have been killed, injured, displaced, or forever changed. In Iraq, thousands have died as a result of the UN sanctions before we invaded, and suffered before that due to the installment of the Baath Party by us in a 1963 coup that also caused suffering, or in Iran with our support for the Shah……I could go on, but I think you get my point, the cost of war goes far beyond the war itself and those troops directly engaged in the fighting. Take oil and the petro dollar out of the conversation, and we wouldn`t even be having this interaction. Again, the planet is also another casualty of our dependence of cheap oil and gas, you don’t have to be a scientist to see that the planet is changing and suffering as a result of human industrialized activity.