Why my poppy sends a mes­sage

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - COMMENT -

Sir, – At this poignant time of year I am re­minded of el­e­ments of the ar­gu­ment against wear­ing pop­pies that are rarely if ever men­tioned. It is not the peo­ple who fight a war that cre­ate that war, it is their po­lit­i­cal, cul­tural or re­li­gious lead­ers who do so.

There­fore, while the Act of Remembrance recog­nises those who made the sac­ri­fice, far from glo­ri­fy­ing war it serves as a salu­tary re­minder to our politi­cians that it is their rhetoric and calls to de­fend the mother­land – which usu­ally in­volves at­tack­ing other’s moth­er­lands – which is the prob­lem. Com­pounded of course by the mil­i­tary in­dus­tri­al­ists who make huge prof­its from that mis­ery.

Politi­cians start wars and it is the peo­ple who pay the price for end­ing them. And I speak as an ex-sol­dier with 15 years of ser­vice. Nick Cole. Bal­macron Farm­house, Mei­gle.

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