ANZACS had every right to attack
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