Why support the white poppy and Veterans for Peace?

20160716_1731501The white poppy, what is that? It’s a ceremonial poppy that’s used increasingly in the U.K to remember all victims or war and war dead, a commitment to peace and a challenge to militarism.

A group called Veterans for Peace U.K was created centuries later.

Why is it worth considering to support the white poppy and peace movements?

Remembers all victims of war War is tremendously un-nerving and is the cause of multiple injuries both physical and mental. Not all of those victims and dead were in uniform and not all of them were for your country. The white poppy also remembers those who are injured in the most recent wars.

Give those who hold a conviction that peace is the answer a voice There are many out there who feel that war isn’t the way to solve issues. The U.K as well as many countries considered to be its ally have been involved in numerous conflicts in the Middle East in more recent years. If anything the number of conflicts and number of countries targeted by “western countries” has doubled in one generation. Those who truly believe that a military should exist for defence alone have been given a voice.

An active challenge to militarism Since the arrival of the white poppy movement militarism has increased. We are faced with military recruiters in schools, a military themed classroom pack. It’s believed that public support for war is usually low so to an extent war and militarism has to be glamourised in the public eye. This must happen for the “war machine to carry on”. Another insidious way militarism can creep into the everyday environment is like when an arms company like Lockheed Martin can not only lay a wreath of red poppies but sponsor a ball during the remembrance period.

To prevent new casualties Unless governments have a large change of heart we will be stuck with a situation where there will always be new potential conflicts. The white poppy and peace movements may make a potential recruit reconsider whether the military is the right choice and if so whether a front line role is the right choice.

I do believe that every nation should have a military force but they should be trained and used for the act of self-defense and self-defense alone. Over the course of years the history of many nations in America, Europe and Australasia has been one of military offence.

If you believe that a differing way of conducting international relations is not only possible but required for better harmony between nations and less war injured then the white poppy and the peace movements are something to take a second look at

Samantha Eaton

La Reina Razonable

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