ANZACS had ev­ery right to at­tack

The Gympie Times - - YOUR SAY -

WITH the cen­te­nary com­mem­o­ra­tion of WWI end­ing on Re­mem­brance Day (to­mor­row) along with the just few months back 100-year com­mem­o­ra­tion of the greatly his­toric WWI Bat­tle of Hamel in which Aus­tralian and Amer­i­can troops fought shoul­der to shoul­der for first time (and un­der the Aus­tralian Com­mand of the great Gen­eral Sir John Monash); and with An­zac Day 2019 not that far off, why do we still have to suf­fer fools such as for­mer Aus­tralian La­bor PM Paul Keat­ing and his pro­tégé the, “Cas­tro-red Ban­dana Kid” journo/his­to­rian Peter FitzSi­mons so of­ten stat­ing/im­ply­ing Aus­tralia should not have fought WWI?

So, Keat­ing and FitzSi­mons – Ger­many was never on the march for ter­ri­tory?

Then why was the so very lethal Ger­man armed raider Em­den blown sky-high by HMAS Syd­ney so very, very much closer to Broome…than Ber­lin? (And as you’re an his­to­rian, Peter FitzSi­mons, at the very mo­ment of the Em­den meet­ing its doom, the Ger­man Kaiser was only play­ing with model putt-putt boats in his bath?)

And Messrs Keat­ing and FitzSi­mons, just north of us, in PNG to­day (where the first Aussie Dig­gers were killed in WWI; tak­ing out Ger­man mil­i­tary in­stal­la­tions) there are still place-names to­day of The Bis­marck Sea, Ar­chi­pel­ago and Ranges; Fin­schaf­fen; Mt Wil­helm; New Hanover, etc. Who the hell, do you two blokes, think they were named af­ter?

The ANZACS were (and had, ev­ery) right to at­tack Turkey (and de­fend Bri­tain and her Euro­pean al­lies).

Be­cause – as recog­nised by then Aus­tralian La­bor PM Billy Hughes – Turkey was Ger­many’s great­est (and strong­est) WWI ally and had Ger­many (and thus, Turkey) won the war we Aus­tralians (only here, cour­tesy of Bri­tish Empire mem­ber­ship) would have be­come a Ger­man/Turk­ish “pos­ses­sion” ( just as Ger­many’s PNG area “pos­ses­sions” be­came Aus­tralia’s, af­ter WWI) and we Aus­tralians would have been sub­ju­gated by for­eign pow­ers (with our im­ports/ex­ports killed off by Ger­man/Turk­ish naval power).

Don’t be­lieve, me?

Then you two blokes just ask Greek-Aus­tralians about Greece liv­ing un­der the Turks when sub­ju­gated by the Ot­toman Empire for some 400 years. Howard Hutchins Chirn­side Pk, Vic­to­ria

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